Yosemite by AudioQuest is about as close to the perfect geometry you can physically get in a cable. FEP Air-Tube insulation makes the huge step in dealing with the perennial issue of energy distortion whilst no expense is spared on the conductor and plugs. Yosemite also features AQ's DBS technology, a solid stable 72v electrostatic field which kills excess energy stored in the cable insulation. It's the lengths AudioQuest go to in order to ensure as close to audio perfection as possible which stands them out as cable pioneers.
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Yosemite by AudioQuest is about as close to the perfect geometry you can physically get in a cable. It's the lengths AudioQuest go to in order to ensure you enjoy audio as close to perfection as possible which stands them out as cable pioneers.
The scientists at AudioQuest after much research came to the conclusion that almost any material you use when insulating a cable disturbs the circuitry so Yosemite benefits from the addition of FEP Air-Tube insulation. This Fluoro-Polymer insulating component leave the conductors with a pocket of air completely surrounding them making huge step in dealing with the perennial issue of energy distortion.
Cable construction and 'red copper' terminations is kept tried and trusted as with the lower-priced Victoria. Instead the impetus is driven into improving the the insulation with Fluoro-Polymer. Still at the heart of the cable is AQ's fabulous solid Perfect Surface Copper+ (PSC+) conductors, an ultra-pure copper base which is formed into solid conductors instead of strands which leaves an almost perfectly smooth surface for the signal to travel. The end result is what gives AudioQuest such a huge worldwide fanbase of music lovers; a clean, low-distortion signal transfer which delivers an impeccably transparent sound.
This superb braided interconnect is just the job for connecting portable devices directly to active sound systems and powered speakers with a 3.5mm input.
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 over 30 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. 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 Yosemite's very clean sound.
Noise, in the form of RF energy, is the mortal enemy of good sound. Our environment is more contaminated with RF than ever before due to the huge proliferation of RF radiating devices like computers and mobile phones. Traditionally, RF energy is routed to ground through the use of a 'shield" consisting of either a braided metal or foil. This 'draining' of RF to ground causes a modulation of the ground plane, which in turn causes a form of signal modulation. 100% shield coverage is easy. Preventing captured RF Interference from modulating the equipment’s ground reference requires AudioQuest's Noise-Dissipation System. Metal and Carbon-Loaded synthetics prevent most RFI from reaching the equipment’s ground plane.
Making the perfect connection between conductor and connector is not a simple process. There are three accepted ways to make the connection between a cable and its termination. Solder is by far the most common method of connection. Resistance welding is clearly superior to even the best solder. However, just as solder introduces an inferior layer of differing material, causing distortion and reflections, so does welding. The alloy created at the interface of cable and plug is far superior to solder, but it is still an undesirable intermediary layer. After so much attention to the quality of the conductor and connector, the contact system deserves just as much consideration. AudioQuest's Cold-Weld System solves this problem with a superior connection that insures that the structural integrity of the conductor is kept completely intact. The Cold-Weld System refers to a combination of high pressure at the point of contact and the use of silver impregnated paste.
Any solid 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 the AQ Yosemite's conductors use Air-Tube Insulation because air absorbs next to no energy, and FEP is the best extrudable solid insulation and absorbs less energy than other materials. The FEP Air-Tubes used in Yosemite have almost nothing but air around the solid PSC+ conductors.
All insulation slows down the signal on the conductor inside. When insulation is unbiased, it slows down parts of the signal differently, a big problem for very time-sensitive multi-octave audio. AudioQuest’s DBS creates a strong, stable electrostatic field which saturates and polarizes (organizes) the molecules of the insulation. This minimizes both energy storage in the insulation and the multiple nonlinear time-delays that occur. Sound appears from a surprisingly black background with unexpected detail and dynamic contrast. The DBS battery packs will last for years. A test button and LED allow for the occasional battery check.
|Conductor||Solid Perfect-Surface+ Copper Conductors|
|Dielectric||FEP Air-Tube Insulation|
|Plug Type||Silver-Plated 'Red Copper' 3.5-inch Male Jack (x2)|
|Type||3.5mm Jack to Jack (Male to Male)|
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Designed to carry standard analogue audio and/or video signals
Screened cable to reduce and eliminate interference
Prevents cable strand interaction which leads to signal distortion.
Maintain the ultimate connection to your devices.