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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Speakers, for instance, can comprise more than one cabinet per channel, and CD and LP playback may require more than one audiooquest each. However, these things don’t apply to Sky and Volcano. 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 audioques mere sum of its parts.

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But even this does not happen immediately; as I found out, you’ll need to give the DBS system a couple of days at the very least, presumably to recharge the dielectric completely.

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. Features Sky uses “Perfect-Surface Silver PSS solid conductors, which are said to minimize ‘distortion caused by grain boundaries that exist within any metal conductor,’ and Teflon Air-Tube audioquesh, which has ‘almost nothing but air around the PSS conductors. However, in combination with Sky, Volcano took on a slightly lighter, more energetic character that I preferred to Golden Reference.

It sounded just a touch sweet. If you endeavor to experiment, just be sure you give the dielectric ample time to drain and charge, which means that quick swapping will prove nothing. Sound Volcano “has a big, robust presentation that’s zudioquest particularly light or dark, fast audioquesst slow. Does the dielectric’s audiosuest drain as soon as the battery packs are disconnected? I feel confident in proclaiming AudioQuest Sky a reference-level interconnect, one of the very best on the market, and a sure Reviewers’ Choice.


After that I reinserted Volcano and went completely AudioQuest. Both are handsomely made and incorporate many of AudioQuest’s signature design elements.


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. Sky is AudioQuest’s top-of-the-line interconnect, while Volcano is a step down from Everest in terms of speaker-cable offerings. 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.

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. Volcano and especially Sky are detailed cables, but not apparently so. 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.

In both cases, I can’t say that the sound was initially “very good,” as with Volcano alone. Volcano “has a big, robust presentation that’s not particularly light or dark, fast or slow. The soundstage of the AudioQuest cables seemed a bit wider and deeper than that of the Aufioquest cables, but nothing was compressed with Golden Reference, so this may have been due to LMV listener mood variation more than anything real.

Comparing the sound of these two cable sets is an exercise in unearthing and explaining subtlety, as sonic differences were never huge. An improved version of Type 4 speaker cable, for instance, is still in AudioQuest’s product lineup nearly 15 years after it was first introduced.

I do this because you write us most often about full sets of cables, not just interconnects or speaker cables. I used AudioQuest Sky and Volcano with a distinguished lineup of reference-level components: Sky and Volcano did justice to all kinds of recordings. Given this, I thought it prudent to use both separately and then together, so I could report on any differences I hear in their presentations and then how well they work together. We audiophiles split reproduction not only into different components, but those components often consist of separate chassis that are optimized to audioquesr a few functions exceptionally well.


The RCAs are especially noteworthy because they look to be proprietary and are direct silver plated.

Golden Reference sounded rather like the Volcano speaker cables alone — very good at everything with nothing calling attention to itself.

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. Home Audio Equipment Review.

SoundStage! Equipment Review – AudioQuest Sky Interconnects and Volcano Speaker Cables (3/)

Detail is never thrust at you — there is no forwardness or aggression — but every musical gesture, no matter how small, is present and accounted for. AudioQuest calls its application Counter-Spiraling Earth-Feature Geometry, and it makes for a speaker cable that’s thick and somewhat stiff. If I could choose either and not have to pay for them!

The magnitude of the difference is similar to that of swapping out an entire set of cables, which is to say that the sound is utterly changed. Also, the cables I receive are almost always from the same grouping in a company’s product line and often use the same materials.

Current Issue Equipment Reviews. I especially like the RCAs, which are not locking types but still fit snugly around the jack, and the flexibility of the cable itself.

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