AudioQuest Rocket 44 - 3 Metre Banana to Banana Speaker Cable Pair
|Design||Speaker cables with pre-attached banana connectors|
|Conductors||Solid copper conductors, each made of a combination of Perfect-Surface Copper and Perfect-Surface Copper+|
|Noise Dissipation||Carbon noise dissipation|
|Current-carrying equivalent||Pair of 13-gauge conductors|
|Jacket||Textile braid cable cover|
|Standard Lengths||2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 metre terminated pairs - other lengths available to special order - please enquire|
|Terminations||Silver-plated AudioQuest 500 banana plugs at both ends (gold banana plugs & silver or gold spade connectors are available to special order)|
|Manufacturer’s Warranty||5 Years|
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AudioQuest Rocket 44 Speaker Cable
When Bill Low created AudioQuest in 1980 it was really just a small variation of the audio activities he had started in 1972 when at school. He wanted the best audio sound then and we are pleased to say nothing has changed. It all started with speaker cable and the story continues.
AudioQuest's Rocket 44 speaker cables are designed to help high-performance audio systems sound their very best. AudioQuest cables are known for their ability to deliver smooth, engaging sound that never sacrifices a bit of detail. The company's goal is to transfer signals as faithfully as possible, and it's reflected in their motto: "Do no harm." AQ's secret recipe combines innovative design, top-quality materials, and lots and lots of careful listening.
One of the most important ingredients in a high-quality cable is the metal used for the signal conductors. This is of course not Rocket science. Like all AudioQuest cables, Rocket 44 uses a carefully finessed combination of AudioQuest's Perfect-Surface Copper and their even-higher-purity Perfect-Surface Copper+. The metal mix is dominated by PSC+, which significantly reduces harshness while increasing clarity. Each of the cable's eight solid conductors is a single unbroken length of pure copper, to minimise signal loss.
Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+)/Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC) Conductors: This cable uses a carefully finessed combination of Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC) and extremely high purity Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+) conductors. The astonishingly smooth and pure Perfect-Surface eliminates harshness and greatly increases clarity compared to OFHC, OCC, 8N and other coppers. Extremely high-purity PSC+ further minimises distortion caused by grain boundaries, which exist within any metal conductor.
Double Star-Quad Geometry: The relationship between conductors defines a cable's most basic electrical values (capacitance and inductance). However, even when those variables are kept in reasonably neutral balance, the particular geometric relationship between conductors greatly affects the sound. The Double Star-Quad construction of Rocket 44 allows for significantly better dynamic contrast and information intelligibility than if the same conductors were run in parallel.
Carbon-Based Noise & Crosstalk-Dissipation System: This cable's negative conductors are covered with partially conductive Carbon-Loaded Polyethylene. This remarkable material reduces radio-frequency garbage being fed back into the amplifier. The sonic benefit is exactly the same reduction in "hash" and improved dimensionality that comes whenever RF interference is reduced in an audio circuit. In addition, a carbon layer damps interaction between positive and negative conductors, and an external Carbon-Based Noise-Dissipation System reduces external interference.
Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation (For All Positive Conductors): Any solid material adjacent to a conductor is actually part of an imperfect circuit. Wire insulation and circuit board materials all absorb energy. Some of this energy is stored and then released as distortion. This cable, however, uses air-filled Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation on its positive conductors. Because air absorbs next to no energy and Polyethylene is low-loss and has a benign distortion profile, Foamed-PE, with its high air content, causes much less of the out-of-focus effect common to other materials.
High-Quality Connectors: Rocket 44 cables feature AudioQuest 500 Series silver banana plugs fastened by cold welding — a process that uses extremely high pressure to create solid secure connections that minimise signal loss. By contrast, solder tends to impede the signal, and heating the copper can negatively affect its conductivity. The 500 series connectors are also available in gold banana plugs and also gold or silver spades connectors.
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