- Solid 5% Silver-Plated Conductors.
- Conductors Controlled for Digital-Audio Directionality.
- Minimum Skew and Phase Smearing.
- CMG (CL3 & FT4) rated Gray/Black stripe PVC
- Individual pair shielding + overall shielding
- Hard-Cell Foam Insulation (HCF)
Solid conductors minimize the harmful effects of both electrical and magnetic strand-to-strand interaction.
For digital cables, whose signals are so high-frequency that they run almost exclusively on the surface of the conductor, AudioQuest's Long-Grain Copper (LGC) conductors are increasingly silver-plated to further improve radio-frequency noise dissipation.
Placing the superior metal on the outside of the conductor produces the greatest benefit on overall performance - a superbly cost-effective way to maximize a digital cable.
Hard-Cell Foam (HCF) insulation provides critical signal pair geometry.
Any solid material next 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 deformation.
Hard-Cell Foam Insulation is similar to the Foamed-PE and is injected with nitrogen to create air pockets.
Because nitrogen (like air) does not absorb energy and therefore does not release energy from or into the conductor, distortion is reduced. In addition, the stiffness of the material ensures that the cable's conductors maintain a stable relationship over the full length of the cable, creating a stable impedance character and further minimizing distortion.