AudioQuest Carbon Digital AES/EBU XLR Cable
AES/EBU, developed jointly by the Audio Engineering Society and the European Broadcast Union, established a two-channel digital standard for interconnecting digital devices in the professional world. But, AES/EBU also has its application in the domestic environment as well. While AES/EBU can be single-ended, balanced, or optical, here refers to the balanced-digital interconnect.
Solid 5% Silver Conductors
Solid conductors eliminate strand-interaction distortion and reduce
jitter. Solid silver-plated conductors are excellent for very
high-frequency applications. 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 digital coax cables.
Hard-Cell Foam Insulation
Hard-Cell Foam insulation is used exclusively in most of AudioQuest's
video and digital audio cables. Similar to Foamed-PE, it is nitrogen
injected to create air pockets. ‘Hard' foam is used because the
stiffness of the material allows the conductors in the cable to maintain
the same relationship with each other along the full length of the
cable, thus ensuring that the characteristic impedance of the cable is
100% Shield Coverage (Foil + Silver-Plated Braid)
Shielding always plays an important role in any cable design, but the
shield on coax interconnect plays an especially important role because
it functions not only as a shield but a return path as well. Because of
this, AudioQuest pays special attention to the shield's metal quality
and the fabrication techniques as both will affect the sound and the
Carbon-Based 5-Layer Noise-Dissipation System (NDS)
100% shield coverage is easy. Preventing captured RF Interference from
modulating the equipment's ground reference requires AQ's
Noise-Dissipation System. Metal and Carbon-Loaded synthetics prevent
most RFI from reaching the equipment's ground plane.
Cold-Welded, Hanging-Silver directly over pure Purple Copper.