AudioQuest's Golden Gate interconnects feature Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC) conductors and gold-plated RCA plugs
for a marked sonic improvement over standard mini cables. PSC lowers distortion to levels even further than AudioQuest's
Evergreen cables. The Noise-Dissipation System ensures that RFI noise
is a thing of the past, while Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation keeps Golden Gate's sound focused and sharp.
Perfect-Surface Copper has an astonishingly smooth and pure surface.
Proprietary metal-processing technology protects the wire’s surface at
every stage of drawing and fabrication. When high-purity low-oxide
copper is kept as soft, pure and smooth as possible, it becomes a
wonderfully low-distortion conductor. For over 30 years AudioQuest has
pioneered the use of superior metals; yet even we were surprised by this
huge leap in performance. PSC clearly outperforms previous AQ metals
that cost over ten times as much. Electrical and magnetic interaction
between strands in a conventional cable is the greatest source of
distortion, often causing a somewhat dirty, harsh sound. Solid
conductors are fundamental toward achieving Golden Gate's very clean
material adjacent to a conductor is actually part of an imperfect
circuit. Wire insulation and circuit board materials all absorb energy
(loss). Some of this energy is stored and then released as distortion.
Golden Gate uses air-filled Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation on both
conductors because air absorbs next to no energy and Polyethylene is
low-loss and has a benign distortion profile. Thanks to all the air in
Foamed-PE, it causes much less of the out-of-focus effect common to
other materials. 100% shield coverage is easy. Preventing captured RF Interference from
modulating the equipment’s ground reference requires AudioQuest's
Noise-Dissipation System. Noise-Dissipation System prevents a
significant amount of RFI from reaching the equipment’s ground plane.
Purpose designed for single-ended applications, Double-Balanced
Asymmetrical Geometry offers a relatively lower impedance on the ground
for a richer, and more dynamic experience. While many single-ended cable
designs use a single path for both the ground and the shield,
Double-Balanced designs separate the two for cleaner, quieter
proprietary, novel Gold-Plated RCA Plugs allow for a connection devoid of solder,
which is a common source of distortion. Because the ground shells are
stamped instead of machined, the metal can be chosen for low distortion
instead of machinability.