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AudioQuest Diamondback Interconnects
AudioQuest Perfect Surface Copper, Air-Tube Insulation, and Triple-Layer Shielding
Excellent resolution and dynamics coupled with an even tonal balance make Diamondback a great choice for all music lovers and audiophiles on a budget. AudioQuest’s PSC copper conductors get air tubes, triple balanced geometry and welded connectors making Diamondback ultra-smooth
and extremely resolving. Many sophisticated design techniques, superior
materials, and an exceptional termination system combine to make AudioQuest Diamondback
possible. The results have put the Diamondback at the top of any
price-to-performance list by anyone who demands proper cables, yet
cannot spend a fortune. Now at our special price, Diamondback is a
stellar value. Don't miss out.
"The Diamondback has a discerning and revealing treble with
good timing and separation...[Diamondback is] capable of excellent sound
quality because it melds the vocals and music with authority. It is
never out of control..."
– HiFi World
Diamondback is Triple-Balanced. This means there are three
identical insulated conductors, in addition to a separate conductor
underneath the 100% coverage foil shield. When used with XLR connectors
and balanced electronics, the two positive signals (inverting and
non-inverting) and the negative, all get the same low-distortion
conducting path. The shield is attached to chassis ground through the
case of the XLR, providing extremely effective shielding without
contaminating the quality of the negative conducting path. When
Diamondback is fitted with RCA plugs, two conductors are used together
for the much higher potential across the negative connection, providing a
substantial performance advantage. The shield is only attached at one
end, providing total shield coverage without compromising the negative
Conductors: All of Diamondback’s conductors are solid.
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
Diamondback’s very clean sound.
Metal: PSC (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 fifteen
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.
Insulation: Any solid material adjacent to a conductor is
actually part of an imperfect circuit. Wire insulation, circuit board
materials all absorb energy (loss). Some of this energy is stored and
then released as distortion. Diamondback uses air filled FPE (Foam
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 FPE, it causes much less of the
out-of-focus effect common to other materials.
Cold-Weld System: Novel plug design enables a perfect
heat-free connection between cable and plug. XLR plugs are also
available. Diamondback’s gold plated RCA plugs use a patented design
that eliminates the distortion caused by the extra contact inside most
plugs. Because the ground shells are stamped instead of machined, the
metal can be chosen for low distortion instead of for its machinability.
A combination of these major ingredients, and many more subtle details
add up to explain how Diamondback can sound so clean, clear and dynamic.