AudioQuest Angel jack 3.5 mm jack 3.5 mm
The waterfall Salto Ángel in Venezuela is the highest free falling waterfall in the world with a height of 979 meters and the largest single step with 807 meters. The Spanish name "Salto Ángel" as well as the English "Angel Falls" goes back to Jimmy Angel. Angel was a US pilot who was the first to fly over the falls. In addition to the unique status of the waterfall and the fact that angels float above everything, the pure silver cable Angel has its name also because Ag is the chemical name for silver. MASSIVE 100%-PERFECT-SURFACE-SILVER-LEADER (PSS): If the Perfect-Surface-Technology is applied to extremely pure silver, the result is a never before seen clarity and dynamic. Solid conductors prevent interaction between the individual strands - a major cause of cable distortion. Extremely high-purity Perfect Surface Silver minimizes the distortion caused by the grain boundaries that exist in every metal conductor, thereby almost completely eliminating roughness in the sound and greatly improving clarity compared to OFHC, OCC, 8N and other copper. FEP AIR TUBE INSULATION (FEP is a fluoropolymer): Any solid material adjacent to a conductor becomes part of an incomplete electrical network. Wire insulation and PCB material absorb energy (losses). Part of this energy is stored and then released as distortion. In the Angel, Air-Tube insulation is used for all conductors because air absorbs almost no energy and FEP is the best extrudable solid insulation and absorbs less energy than other materials. The FEP Air-Tubes used in the Angel consist of almost nothing but air around the solid PSS conductors. DIELECTRIC BIAS SYSTEM (DBS, US Pat #s 7,126,055 & 7,872,195 B1): Any insulation slows down the signal on the conductor inside. If there is no voltage at the insulation, it slows down individual parts of the signal to varying degrees - a major problem with very time-critical broadband audio. AudioQuest DBS generates a strong, stable electrostatic field that saturates and polarizes (organizes) the molecules of the insulation. This minimizes both the energy stored in the insulation and the various non-linear time delays. The sound is created against a surprisingly black background with unexpected detail and extended dynamics. The batteries of the DBS will last for several years. A button with LED indicator allows the occasional test of the battery charge level. CARBON-BASED 3-LAYER NOISE-DISSIPATION SYSTEM (NDS): Achieving 100% shielding is easy. To prevent "trapped" RF interference from affecting the ground reference of the instrument, the AQ Noise Dissipation System is required. Metal and carbon-containing plastics prevent the majority of RF interference from reaching the ground plane of the device. DOUBLE-BALANCED ASYMMETRICAL GEOMETRY: Designed specifically for single-ended applications, Double-Balanced Asymmetrical Geometry provides less impedance to ground for a fuller, more dynamic sound. While many single-ended cables use a single path for both ground and shielding, double-balanced designs separate both for a cleaner, quieter performance. COLD-WELDED DIRECT-SILVERED CLEAN "RED-COPPER" RCA-SPECKER: This connector design allows connection without solder - because this is a common source of interference. Because the ferrules are stamped rather than machined, the metal can be selected for low distortion rather than machinability. Red-Copper offers a purer, clearer sound than nickel-plated or OFHC metals often found in competitive connectors. Direct silver plating represents another important step towards greater clarity without compromising the signal.