Audioquest Carbon HDMI cable - 1 Meter
Original Owner Genuine Audioquest Brand Cable
Carbon HDMI adds 5% silver-plating to its
predecessors' solid-core conductors. Like all Audioquest HDMI cables, Carbon
uses Solid High-Density Polyethylene Insulation, and precise geometry. Specific
attention has been paid to maximizing the performance of HDMI, and indeed,
Audioquest's HDMI cables push sonic performance to new levels.
Hard-Cell Foam Insulation
Hard-Cell Foam (HCF) Insulation ensures
critical signal-pair geometry. Any solid material adjacent to a conductor is
actually part of an imperfect circuit. Wire insulation and circuit board
materials all absorb energy. Some of this energy is stored and then released as
distortion. Hard-Cell Foam Insulation is similar to the Foamed-PE used in our
more affordable Bridges & Falls cables, and is nitrogen-injected to create
air pockets. Because nitrogen (like air) does not absorb energy and therefore
does not release any energy from or into the conductor, distortion is reduced.
In addition, the stiffness of the material allows the cable's conductors to
maintain a stable relationship along the cable's full length, producing a
stable impedance character and further minimizing distortion.
Solid 5% Silver Conductors
Solid conductors eliminate strand-interaction
distortion and reduce jitter. Solid silver-plated conductors are excellent for
very high-frequency applications, like HDMI audio. These signals, being such a
high frequency, travel almost exclusively on the surface of the conductor. As
the surface is made of high-purity silver, the performance is very close to
that of a solid silver cable, but priced much closer to solid copper cable.
This is an incredibly cost effective way of manufacturing very high-quality
Carbon-Based 3-Layer Noise-Dissipation System
It's easy to accomplish 100% shield coverage.
Preventing captured Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) from modulating the
equipment's ground reference requires AQ's Noise-Dissipation System (NDS).
Traditional shield systems typically absorb and then drain noise/RF energy to
component ground, modulating and distorting the critical "reference"
ground plane, which in turn causes a distortion of the signal. NDS's
alternating layers of metal and carbon-loaded synthetics "shield the
shield," absorbing and reflecting most of this noise/RF energy before it
reaches the layer attached to ground.
All audio cables are directional. The correct
direction is determined by listening to every batch of metal conductors used in
every Audioquest audio cable. All signal conductors controlled for
digital-audio direction in Audioquest HDMI cables, and care is even taken to
run the conductors used in the Audio Return Channel in the opposite direction
to ensure the best performance for that application. Arrows are clearly marked
on the connectors to ensure superior sound quality.