Sydney Spans Greater Distances Than Much More Costly Cables
AudioQuest's Sydney mini cables feature Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+) conductors and an insulation system built around Polyethylene Air-Tubes
for a marked sonic upgrade over standard mini cables, improved dynamic
response, and a truly uplifting listening experience. While
theoreticians debate whether the true nature of the universe is analog
or digital, one constant in our audiophile galaxy is that the music,
dialogue, and sound effects which reach our ears is analog. In order to
preserve this precious cargo, AudioQuest has designed a range of
analog interconnects optimized for the single-ended world. Sydney takes
advantage of years of carefully balancing design and material selection
in order to bring you a series of interconnects which, as much as
possible, "Do No Harm" to the original audio signal.
Solid Core Conductors
Sydney, like virtually all of AQ’s cables, uses
solid-core conductors for the analog pathway. Solid-core conductors are
more efficient at transmitting small signals than stranded cables and
are also vastly lower in distortion, a difference that is clearly
audible from the first instant; the system sounds like someone turned up
the volume! This efficiency also translates to more music coming
through, plug in a Sydney and hear things in your music you’ve never heard before, literally!
Perfect Surface Copper + (PSC+)
Sydney receives AQ’s best copper, PSC+.
A higher grade of copper than PSC, PSC+ receives the same proprietary
Perfect Surface polishing process which, as the name implies, smoothes
the surface of the conductors. Since treble and midrange frequencies
travel very close to the surface in a solid-core conductor, eliminating
even microscopic roughness on the surface of the conductor greatly
reduces distortion. Sonically, PSC+ is vastly more resolving than PSC,
like lifting a sheet off of the speakers, offering greater resolution,
greater presence, far more extension top to bottom and far better grip
in the lower octaves. For those who value a high level of resolution in
their system, PSC+ is the ideal conductor.
Carbon-Based 3-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.
Polyethylene Air-Tube Insulation
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.
All of Victoria’s conductors use PE Air-Tube Insulation because air
absorbs next to no energy, and Polyethylene is low-loss and has a benign
distortion profile. PE Air-Tube Insulation causes much less of the
out-of-focus effect common to other materials.
Direct-Silver Plated Pure "Purple-Copper" RCA Plugs
This plug design allows 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. Purple-Copper offers a cleaner, clearer sound over
nickel-plated or OFHC metals commonly found in competing manufacturers'
plugs. Direct-Silver Plating offers one more important step toward
greater clarity and doing no harm to the signal.