the audioquest indulgence scions ...digital without borders

the audioquest indulgence scions ...digital without borders
The AudioQuest Indulgence Scions
...digital without borders.
HDMI Indulgence Series
AudioQuest has a well-earned reputation as a manufacturer of
is excellent at tracking control errors or ensuring data pass
exceptional analog video cables. However, the advent of HDMI
through, no computer can compete with the human ear
in 2004 presented a new set of design challenges that needed
when it comes to perceiving the subtle but crucial audio errors
to be solved. In order for AQ to maximize audio and video cable
and distortion that can reduce the enjoyment of your home
performance over HDMI, new materials and higher levels
theater system.
of manufacturing precision were employed to handle the
high-speed, wide-bandwidth signals of HDMI.
AudioQuest begins with Long-Grain Copper (LGC) and adds
increasing amounts of silver-plate culminating in Diamond
While the basic blueprint for HDMI cable construction was
HDMI, whose 5 primary signal pairs are made using solid
established by the HDMI steering committee (HDMI, LLC),
Perfect-Surface Silver (PSS). AQ listens to each primary signal
AQ examined areas that could be optimized within the
conductor in every Indulgence HDMI cable to determine proper
established framework.
conductor orientation. Solid Polyethylene insulation ensures
Several of the analog audio and video design elements that
stable conductor geometry while minimizing insulation
have proven so important over the years turned out to be meaningful to HDMI signal design. Solid core conductor technology,
conductor metallurgy, insulation material and overall precision
of manufacture have all been carefully optimized to create a
superior line of HDMI cables.
With the Indulgence Series of HDMI cable, AudioQuest is proud
to introduce the next evolution of HDMI cable performance. Why
the word “indulgence”? When we set aside the time for audio/video
entertainment in the home we are, after all, allowing ourselves a
bit of well-earned personal indulgence. We allow ourselves time
for emotional transportation via video and sound.
Did you know that there are huge differences in the sound of
HDMI cables? As part of AudioQuest’s re-examination of HDMI
cable design, specific attention was paid to maximizing the sonic
performance of HDMI. While we’ve been aware of this since
induced phase distortion. On the two top HDMI cables, Coffee
and Diamond, AudioQuest’s patented Dielectric-Bias System
(DBS) polarizes the insulation on the 5 primary signal pairs,
providing a drop in the perceived noise floor and an increase in
dynamic contrast.
While the focus of the Indulgence Series HDMI cables is groundbreaking audio, video performance is hardly an afterthought. All
Indulgence HDMI cables are High Speed compliant up to and
including 8 meters and all will transfer 1080P/120HZ/4K/3D video.
All Indulgence HDMI cables deliver 100% of the data required for
120/Hz/240Hz/600Hz displays. All AudioQuest Indulgence series
HDMI are 100% QC tested to pass 1080P at every length and all
contain the 5th twisted pair for the new Ethernet and Audio
Return Channel options.
AudioQuest Indulgence HDMI cables have been designed to
HDMI’s introduction, AQ’s Indulgence HDMI series push the
maximize your audio and video experience.
HDMI sonic performance to new levels. While test equipment
INDULGE YOURSELF!
HDMI Pearl
• Solid Long-Grain Copper (LGC) Conductors
• Low Jitter, Low Distortion Audio
• Signal Conductors Controlled for Digital Audio Direction
• Bi-Directional Ethernet Communication and Audio Return Channel Enabled
Lengths up to 3M in dark PVC jacket w/white stripes. 5M to 12M in white PVC CL3/FT4 rated jacket. 0.6M to 8.0M High Speed
HDMI w/Ethernet connection. 12M Standard Speed HDMI w/Ethernet Connection.
HDMI Forest
• Solid Long-Grain Copper (LGC) Conductors
• Low Jitter, Low Distortion Audio
• Signal Conductors Controlled for Digital Audio Direction
• Bi-Directional Ethernet Communication and Audio Return Channel Enabled
Lengths up to 3M in dark PVC jacket w/green stripes. 5M to 12M in white PVC CL3/FT4 rated jacket. 0.6M to 8.0M High Speed
HDMI w/Ethernet connection. 12M Standard Speed HDMI w/Ethernet Connection.
HDMI Cinnamon
• Solid 1.25% Silver-Plated LGC Conductors
• Low Jitter, Low Distortion Audio
• Signal Conductors Controlled for Digital Audio Direction
• Bi-Directional Ethernet Communication and Audio Return Channel Enabled
Lengths up to 3M in dark PVC jacket w/red stripes. 5M to 12M in white PVC CL3/FT4 rated jacket. 0.6M to 8.0M High Speed
HDMI w/Ethernet connection. 12M-20M Standard Speed HDMI w/Ethernet Connection.
HDMI Chocolate
• Solid 2.5% Silver-Plated LGC Conductors
• Low Jitter, Low Distortion Audio
• Signal Conductors Controlled for Digital Audio Direction
• Bi-Directional Ethernet Communication and Audio Return Channel Enabled
Lengths up to 3M in braided jacket. 5M to 20M in white PVC CL3/FT4 rated jacket. 0.6M to 8.0M High Speed HDMI
w/Ethernet connection. 12M-20M Standard Speed HDMI w/Ethernet Connection.
HDMI Carbon
• Solid 5% Silver-Plated LGC Conductors
• Low Jitter, Low Distortion Audio
• Signal Conductors Controlled for Digital Audio Direction
• Bi-Directional Ethernet Communication and Audio Return Channel Enabled
Lengths up to 3M in braided jacket. 5M to 20M in white PVC CL3/FT4 rated jacket. 0.6M to 8.0M High Speed HDMI
w/Ethernet connection. 12M-20M Standard Speed HDMI w/Ethernet Connection.
HDMI Vodka
• Solid 10% Silver-Plated LGC Conductors
• Low Jitter, Low Distortion Audio
• Signal Conductors Controlled for Digital Audio Direction
• Bi-Directional Ethernet Communication and Audio Return Channel Enabled
Lengths up to 3M in braided jacket. 5M to 20M in white PVC CL3/FT4 rated jacket. 0.6M to 8.0M High Speed HDMI
w/Ethernet connection. 12M-20M Standard Speed HDMI w/Ethernet Connection.
HDMI Coffee
• Solid 10% Silver-Plated LGC Conductors
• Low Jitter, Low Distortion Audio
• Signal Conductors Controlled for Digital Audio Direction
• Bi-Directional Ethernet Communication and Audio Return Channel Enabled
• Dielectric-Bias System (DBS US Pat # 7,126,055) Significantly Improves Audio Performance
Lengths up to 3M in braided jacket. 5M to 20M in white PVC CL3/FT4 rated jacket. 0.6M to 8.0M High Speed HDMI
w/Ethernet connection. 12M-20M Standard Speed HDMI w/Ethernet Connection.
HDMI Diamond
• Solid Perfect-Surface Silver (PSS) Conductors
• Low Jitter, Low Distortion Audio
• Signal Conductors Controlled for Digital Audio Direction
• Bi-Directional Ethernet Communication and Audio Return Channel Enabled
• Dielectric-Bias System (DBS US Pat # 7,126,055) Significantly Improves Audio Performance
All lengths (.6m to 5M) in braided jacket. All lengths are High Speed HDMI w/Ethernet connection.
USB (2.0) Indulgence Series
USB stands for Universal Serial Bus. True to its name, this is an
Forest USB
honest to goodness universal, open standard. All modern Mac
and many smart phones and tablet PCs are capable of connecting
• Solid Long-Grain Copper (LGC)
Conductors
• Low Jitter, Low Distortion Audio
• Signal Conductors Controlled for
Digital Audio Direction
to audio systems over USB as well. While you can use the
( Available in 1.5M, 3M and 5M lengths. )
and Windows computers feature one or more USB ports and
include the necessary USB hardware and device driver support,
internal DAC (digital-to-analog converter) in your computer
or mobile device, substantially better performance will be
attained by connecting your computer, portable music player,
smart phone, or tablet PC to a high performance external
USB DAC.
Because high-speed digital audio signals transmitted over USB
Cinnamon USB
• Solid 1.25% Silver-Plated LGC
Conductors
• Low Jitter, Low Distortion Audio
• Signal Conductors Controlled for
Digital Audio Direction
( Available in 1.5M, 3M and 5M lengths. )
are just as susceptible to cable-borne distortions as analog
signals, AudioQuest’s USB cables employ a multitude of superior
Carbon USB
materials and design techniques to avoid the corruption and
• Solid 5% Silver-Plated LGC
Conductors
• Low Jitter, Low Distortion Audio
• Signal Conductors Controlled for
Digital Audio Direction
distortion of audio data. AudioQuest USB cables start with solid
Long-Grain Copper conductors and add increasing amounts
of silver-plate for reduced distortion, culminating in the solid
100% Perfect-Surface Silver conductors in the top-of-the-line
Diamond USB. Advanced manufacturing techniques and
solid high-density polyethylene insulation ensure that critical
signal-pair geometry is maintained, and that the cable’s
performance won’t be compromised as a result of twisting,
bending, or everyday use. AudioQuest’s USB cables also
benefit from properly optimized directionality, and provide
( Available in .75M, 1.5M, 3M and 5M lengths. )
Coffee USB
• Solid 10% Silver-Plated LGC
Conductors
• Low Jitter, Low Distortion Audio
• Signal Conductors Controlled for
Digital Audio Direction
• Dielectric-Bias System
100% internal shielding between highly sensitive signal
(DBS US Patent #s 7,126,055 & 7,872,195 B1):
conductors and active power conductors. The top two USB
Significantly Improves Audio
Performance
cables, Coffee and Diamond, employ AudioQuest’s radically
( Available in .75M, 1.5M, 3M and 5M lengths. )
effective Dielectric-Bias System (DBS). Great music playback is
never really as simple as “just 1’s and 0’s.” Don’t accept inferior
Diamond USB
digital cables as “good enough.” Preserve all of the living
• Solid Perfect-Surface Silver (PSS)
Conductors
• Low Jitter, Low Distortion Audio
• Signal Conductors Controlled for
Digital Audio Direction
• Dielectric-Bias System
texture and detail in your digital music files.
(DBS US Patent #s 7,126,055 & 7,872,195 B1):
Significantly Improves Audio
Performance
( Available in .75M, 1.5M, 3M and 5M lengths. )
FireWire (1394) Indulgence Series
Over twenty years ago, FireWire® was created to move large
digital files such as photos and video from one location to
another. But more important to music lovers like us, the
developers of FireWire also had the foresight to include
specific audio protocols so professional recording studios
could achieve high-performance, low-jitter transfer of digital
Forest FireWire
• Solid LGC conductors
• Gold-plated pins
• Both signal path conductor pairs
controlled for proper orientation
• Low-distortion, minimum timing errors
( Available in 0.75M, 1.5M, 3M and 5M lengths. )
audio information.
Cinnamon FireWire
Even though FireWire-enabled DACs are fairly rare, FireWire still
storage intensive, external hard drives have become a crucial
• Solid 1.25% Silver-Plated conductors
• Gold-plated pins
• Both signal path conductor pairs
controlled for proper orientation
• Low-distortion, minimum timing errors
element to many computer audio systems. Connecting both a
( Available in 0.75M, 1.5M, 3M and 5M lengths. )
DAC and an external hard drive to the same data path causes
Carbon FireWire
plays a relevant and important role in many high-performance
computer audio systems. Since digital music libraries are
unwanted and unnecessary distortion in your computer.
A computer’s USB bus, for example, doesn’t perform at
its maximum audio performance potential while it is
simultaneously pulling data from an external hard drive and
pushing data to an external DAC. Using FireWire between your
external hard drive and computer is an especially effective
way to maximize computer audio performance when your
computer is connected to an USB-enabled DAC.
Because high-speed digital audio data is just as susceptible
to cable-borne distortions as analog signals are, AudioQuest’s
FireWire cables employ a multitude of superior materials and
construction techniques to avoid the corruption and distortion
of your audio data. AudioQuest’s FireWire cables start with
solid Long-Grain Copper conductors and add increasing
amounts of silver-plate to reduce distortion, with the
top-of-the-line Diamond using solid 100% Perfect-Surface
Silver conductors. Advanced manufacturing techniques and
solid high-density polyethylene insulation ensure that critical
signal geometry is attained, and also guarantees that the critical
signal-pair geometry will not be disrupted as a result of
twisting, bending or everyday use. Both signal pairs are
optimized for directionality, and in Diamond, our top model,
our remarkably effective Dielectric-Bias System (DBS) is
employed for the lowest possible distortion. All AudioQuest
FireWire cables provide 100% internal shielding between
highly sensitive signal conductors and active power
conductors. Don’t compromise the sonic performance of
your computer-based audio system with the use of
generic, low-fidelity FireWire cables.
• Solid 5% Silver-Plated conductors
• Direct silver-plated pins
• Both signal path conductor pairs
controlled for proper orientation
• Low-distortion, minimum timing errors
( Available in 0.75M, 1.5M, 3M and 5M lengths. )
Diamond FireWire
• Solid 100% Perfect-Surface (PSS)
conductors
• 72v Dielectric-Bias System (DBS)
• Direct silver-plated pins
• Both signal path conductor pairs
controlled for proper orientation
• Low-distortion, minimum timing errors
( Available in 0.75M, 1.5M, 3M and 5M lengths. )
Ethernet CAT 7/700 Indulgence Series
Over the past several years there’s been a revolution in the
way people store, distribute, and access digital media (in real
time), including photos, movies, and, of course, music. No longer dependent on physical media, our media is often data that’s
moved from multiple devices to multiple locations.
For audio applications and protocols, audio over Ethernet offers the virtues of high-speed, low time delay (latency), significant distance capability (1000 feet without an active booster or
repeater), and extremely low-jitter, bit-perfect communication.
Who wouldn’t want all of these things?
Organizations such as DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance)
and UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) have worked hard to create
open standards that allow consumers to choose components
from various manufacturers and create a networked system
that works seamlessly and predictably every time.
Forest RJ/E
• Solid 0.5% Silver-Plated Copper
Conductors
• Solid PE Maximizes Geometry Stability
• Minimum Phase Corruption. Maximum
Clarity, Warmth & Dynamics
( Available in 0.75M, 1.5M, 3M, 5M, 8M and 12M lengths. )
Cinnamon RJ/E
• Solid 1.25% Silver-Plated Copper
Conductors
• Solid PE Maximizes Geometry Stability
• Minimum Phase Corruption. Maximum
Clarity, Warmth & Dynamics
( Available in 0.75M, 1.5M, 3M, 5M, 8M and 12M lengths. )
Vodka RJ/E
But no matter how robust, predictable, and precise audio over
Ethernet is, poor cable design will still affect the qualitative
playback of any Ethernet-based audio system. The same cableborne distortion mechanisms which effect analog information
also prey on digital information. Poor metal quality, skin effect,
poor signal geometry, strand-interaction distortion, will all reduce sound quality.
• Solid 10% Silver-Plated Copper Conductors
• Ultra-Performance Plug with Superior
Tab System
• Minimum Phase Corruption. Maximum
Clarity, Warmth & Dynamics
AudioQuest’s CAT 7/700 Ethernet cables benefit from the use
of solid-core conductors, superior metals, critical signal-pair geometry and, in the top model, our amazingly effective Dielectric-Bias System (DBS), in the same manner as other high-speed
digital cables (like HDMI, Ethernet, USB, Coax and AES/ EBU balanced). All AudioQuest HDMI, USB, FireWire and RJ/E (Ethernet)
cables provide 100% internal shielding between highly sensitive signal conductors and active power conductors.
• Solid 100% Perfect-Surface Silver (PSS)
Conductors
• 72V Dielectric-Bias System (DBS)
• Ultra-Performance Plug with Superior
Tab System
Don’t sell your Ethernet-based audio system short by compromising its performance because of cable-induced distortions.
AudioQuest’s Ethernet cables provide a substantial improvement over “stock” cables. Don’t compromise.
( Available in 0.75M, 1.5M, 3M, 5M, 8M and 12M lengths. )
Diamond RJ/E
( Available in 0.75M, 1.5M, 3M, 5M, 8M and 12M lengths. )
TosLink Indulgence Series
The audio frontier is all abuzz these days with the pleasure
possible though HDMI, USB, FireWire and Ethernet connections.
However, these current generation digital technologies are only
part of the story, just as the challenge of designing, manufacturing
and choosing the best analog interconnects and speaker cables is
as important as ever. The S/PDIF (Sony®/Philips® Digital InterFace),
which arrived in 1983 along with the CD, is still very much a part
of our world today. S/PDIF is transmitted through Digital Coax and
Toslink fiber optics (EIA-J), making them still some of the most
important cables in electronic entertainment.
The almost complete solution to this problem is to use hundreds
of much smaller fibers in a 1.0mm bundle. Because each fiber is
limited as to what angle of input can enter the fiber, there is far
less variety, and far less dispersion over time. This narrow-aperture-effect is similar to how a pin-hole camera can take a picture
without a lens ... by letting in light at only a very limited range of
angles, a picture can be taken, whereas removing the lens from a
wider aperture would make photography impossible. Less light
gets through a multi-fiber cable, but the light that does get into
the fibers comes out within in a much smaller time-envelope.
While thanks to HDMI, Toslink is not so often used to connect a
DVD player to an A/V receiver, Toslink connectors are common on
cable and Internet streaming set-top boxes, TV sets, subwoofers,
all sorts of products. And now, the 3.5mm Mini Optical connector,
also somewhat incorrectly known as Mini-Toslink, is everywhere ...
from the 3.5mm dual-purpose headphone jack on a Mac laptop,
to inputs on some of the finest portables.
So there is one problem, the dispersion of light across time ... and
two avenues towards a better result: less dispersion in the fiber
(better polymers and ultimately quartz), and less dispersion by
filtering the input angle. How simple is that! Listen and enjoy.
For these many reasons, AudioQuest has refined and renewed
our line of serious high-performance OptiLink cables. All models
and all lengths are now available Toslink <> Toslink and Toslink <>
3.5mm Mini Optical.
When the question is “how can a fiber-optic cable change the
sound?” ... the answer is easier to explain than for almost any other
type of cable. If the light source were a coherent laser, firing into a
vacuum, all the light would stay straight, arriving at its destination
at the same time. Even if the LED light source in a Toslink system
were coherent, the light entering a fiber-optic cable is scattered
and dispersed by imperfections and impurities in the fiber. This
can be measured as a loss of amplitude ... but amplitude is not the
problem. A 50% true loss would have no effect on sound quality.
The problem is that the dispersed light does get through the
cable, but only after it has taken a longer path, like a pool ball
bouncing off the side-rails, causing it to arrive later. This delayed
part of the signal prevents the computer charged with decoding
this information from being able to decode properly, or even at
all. The inability to decode shows first at higher frequencies (not
audio frequencies, this is a mono stream of digital audio information),
so reduced bandwidth is a measurable signature of light being
dispersed by a fiber. The punch line: The less dispersion in the
fiber, the less distortion in the final analog audio signal presented
to our ears.
There is another serious dispersal mechanism in the Toslink
system. The fiber is a relatively huge 1.0mm in diameter, and the
LED light source is also relatively large, spraying light into the fiber
at many different angles. Even if the fiber were absolutely perfect,
the signal would be spread across time because light rays entering
at different angles take different length paths and arrives with
different amounts of delay.
Forest OptiLink
• Low-Dispersion Fiber
• Low-Jitter (Digital Timing Errors)
• Precision Polished Fiber Ends
( Available in 0.75M, 1.5M, 3M and 5M lengths. )
Cinnamon OptiLink
• Low-Dispersion Higher-Purity Fiber
• Low-Jitter (Digital Timing Errors)
• Precision Polished Fiber Ends
( Available in 0.75M, 1.5M, 3M and 5M lengths. )
Vodka OptiLink
• 217 Narrow-Aperture Synthetic Fibers
• Low-Jitter (Digital Timing Errors)
• Precision Polished Fiber Ends
( Available in 0.75M, 1.5M, 3M and 5M lengths. )
Diamond OptiLink
• 280 Narrow-Aperture Quartz (FusedSilica) Fibers
• Low-Jitter (Digital Timing Errors)
• Precision Polished Fiber Ends
( Available in 0.75M, 1.5M, 3M and 5M lengths. )
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