Our Product Research Team
At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere.
That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box,
verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs.
We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.
Solid Long-Grain Copper (LGC) Conductors: Solid conductors
eliminate strand-interaction distortion. Black Lab's solid Long-Grain Copper
allows a smoother and clearer sound than cables using regular OFHC (Oxygen-Free
High-Conductivity) copper. OFHC is a general metal industry specification
regarding "loss" without any concern for distortion. LGC has fewer oxides within
the conducting material, less impurities, less grain boundaries, and
definitively better performance.
Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation: Black Lab uses air-filled
Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation on both conductors because air absorbs next to no
energy and Polyethylene is low-loss and has a benign distortion profile. Thanks
to all the air in Foamed-PE, it causes much less of the out-of-focus effect
common to other materials.
Metal-Layer Noise-Dissipation System (NDS): AudioQuest's
Noise-Dissipation System prevents a significant amount of RFI from reaching the
equipment's ground plane.
Symmetrical Coax Geometry: Identical positive (+) and
negative (-) conductors prevent the shield being used as an inferior audio
Cold-Welded Gold-Plated Plugs: This plug design allows for a
connection without the use of solder, which is a common source of distortion.
Because the ground shells are stamped instead of machined, the metal can be
chosen for low distortion instead of machinability.
Grounding: If you hear noticeable hum in your system after connecting
your subwoofer, please attach the subwoofer cable's ground leads to your audio
gear. Some audio equipment have a ground (GND) connection on the back-panel, if
not, attach the ground spade lugs to any screw on the equipment chassis of both
the source and the subwoofer. Usually, this wire will not need to be connected.