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The AudioQuest philosophy: Do no harm

Cables do make a difference. In this excerpt from an AudioQuest white paper, the company spells out some of the core tenets of their approach…

Audio and video reproduction is fundamentally a case of damage control. The signal is at its greatest potential — is least damaged — at the source. Great sound and great pictures, music that consumes you, movies that transport you around the universe, all come from honoring the original signal. It’s an unavoidable fact of life that every component and cable in a system causes distortion, changing the overall character of the signal. These aberrations add up, like layers of dirty glass between you and an image you are trying to see.

Better cables, and for that matter better components, cannot improve the signals they carry … they can only do less harm to those signals and reduce the amount of noise and distortion introduced into a system, thus improving performance. Audioquest-window-panesThe goal of high quality components and cables is to be like cleaner panes of glass — to minimize any alteration or distortion of the signal, and thus, do no harm!

The four elements

AudioQuest cables are built from the following four fundamental “elements” of cable design and manufacture:

Solid and Semi-Solid Conductors
Advantage: Signal is able to maintain position and magnetic
strand interaction is eliminated
Benefit: Less distortion of the signal, better performance

Superior Metals
Advantage: Fewer grain boundaries, lower oxygen content,
purer metals
Benefit: Less distortion of the signal, better performance

Advanced Geometry
Advantage: Reduced noise and conductor field interaction
Benefit: Less distortion of the signal, better performance

Superior Dielectric
Advantage: Increased air content reduces signal smearing
Benefit: Less distortion of the signal, better performance

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