AudioQuest cables and other audio products combine solid conductors, high- purity metals, specialized geometries, and stable dielectrics to enable naturally. March AudioQuest Sky Interconnects and Volcano Speaker Cables. by Marc Mickelson. “Sky [is] a reference-level interconnect, one of the very best on the. Enjoy the experience of 4K content with help from this AudioQuest Sky HDMI cable. The 4-foot length lets you connect components without leaving extra.
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There was extreme air and extreme smoothness coupled with a more absolute sense of background silence — a combination that made it easier to hear deeply into recordings and never feel as though some ugly byproduct was lurking around the corner.
Preamps come with outboard power supplies, and mono amplifiers handle only one channel of information at a time. It sounded just a touch sweet when compared to the bulk of speaker cables I’ve heard, some of which sound more whitish and others more coppery. Value “AudioQuest Sky and Volcano are a sonic accomplishment, and even at their prices represent good value given their competition. Hearing a favorite recording sound more spacious and liquid is a treat that Sky and Volcano deliver every time.
I feel confident in proclaiming AudioQuest Sky a reference-level interconnect, one of the very best on the market, and a sure Reviewers’ Choice. There are interconnects and speaker cables designed for use with specific types of electronics and speakers, those that use in-line networks, and those that connect to outboard chassis that perform all manner of functions.
The DBS consists of an insulated anode and uninsulated cathode inside each cable run that are connected to a pair of 36V battery packs affixed to the cable’s downstream end. Its midrange was finely textured and full, with strong image outlines. Both are handsomely made and incorporate many of AudioQuest’s signature design elements. It sounded just a touch sweet.
However, these things don’t apply to Sky and Volcano. I do this because you write us most often about full sets of cables, not just interconnects or speaker cables. Current Issue Equipment Audioauest. I began my listening with Volcano and a full set of Cardas Golden Reference interconnects, which I had been using and enjoying for some time.
What I see from AudioQuest is not an attempt to blind with science, as all of Sky’s and Volcano’s design features seem to make sense and are carefully implemented, not simply for show.
Marc Mickelson marc soundstage. It seemed apparent from the outset that AudioQuest’s claim that its DBS kept the cables in a ready-to-use state was the truth.
Speakers, for instance, can comprise more than one cabinet per channel, and CD and LP playback may require more than one chassis each. I’m not similarly in awe of Volcano speaker cables on their own, but I can certainly recommend them, especially with Sky interconnects, in which case the end product is definitely greater than the mere sum of its parts. The 16 copper conductors are of four different sizes so that any sonic character from one size is offset by the others, a feature AudioQuest calls Spread Spectrum Technology.
Terry Evans’ Blues for Thought [Pointblank 8 2] and John Hammond’s Wicked Grin [Pointblank 8 2] are on the same label and sound very spacious, with Wicked Grin possessing the bigger bottom end. Sound Volcano “has a big, robust presentation that’s not particularly light or dark, fast or slow. It’s hard to convey in words the effect of this confluence of air, smoothness and blackness, but it was very easy to hear. Detail is never thrust at you — there is audioquesr forwardness or aggression — but every musical gesture, no matter how small, is present and accounted for.
Sky and Volcano did justice to all kinds of recordings. On the other hand, I could argue that Sky and Volcano are more neutral because they let more of the space, smoothness sudioquest silence of each recording pass.
Instead, it was astounding. In summary, I couldn’t fault Volcano, but I didn’t find any one thing about its sound that I thought stood out, which begs the speculation that it seemed to do everything well.
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I’m no engineer, so I can’t comment with any sort of credentials about AudioQuest’s Dielectric-Bias System, but I can say that it sounds like it works.
I mentioned this to a rival cable manufacturer, who promptly said that it makes complete sense because the cables’ dielectric would hold a charge “maybe for days,” so unplugging the DBS battery packs would do little or nothing in the short term. Use “It seemed apparent from the outset that AudioQuest’s claim that its DBS kept sku cables in a ready-to-use state was the truth. Break-in is vital with the Cardas cables — they sound pretty awful without aurioquest least 50 hours of time on them — and a non-issue with Sky and Volcano.
The battery packs keep the cable’s dielectric constantly charged with 72V DC and thereby ensure that the dielectric never drains its energy as distortion, providing “considerably better transparency and dynamics than are possible even from a cable in continuous use.
No matter — it’s a very good speaker cable, one I would be happy to use long-term. The smoothness, air and audioqjest these cables bring to music are very convincing and, moreover, seductive. AudioQuest includes a silver-cleaning cloth with each pair of Sky interconnects to aid in the removal of tarnish. However, in combination with Sky, Volcano took on a slightly lighter, more energetic character that I preferred to Golden Reference.
Here, again, the space between the two musicians became an important element in the recording’s charm, but the texture of both instruments stole the show. During its history, AudioQuest has produced highly praised interconnects and speaker cables that were expensive Diamond and Sterling and inexpensive Turquoise and Type 4 and, from an outside observer’s viewpoint, has never stopped pushing the limits of cable performance, even as its products have seemingly sold at a brisk pace. Comparing the sound of these adioquest cable sets is an exercise in unearthing and explaining subtlety, as sonic differences were never huge.
How well the cables accomplish the task of passing the musical signal is the trick, however.