Big Sur Series Stereo Audio Minijack Cable: The AudioQuest Big Sur
stereo audio minijack cable is terminated by a gold-plated male 3.5mm stereo
connector on each end. The AudioQuest Big Sur stereo audio minijack cable is
available in the following lengths.
- 0.6 meter (2')
- 1 meter (3' 4")
- 2 meter (6' 7")
- 3 meter (10')
- 5 meter (16' 5")
Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ Conductors (PSC+):
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 PSC+
conductor. PSC+ is manufactured by applying the same exceptional technology to
an ultra-pure copper. The resulting sound quality is even more focused and
simply less in the way. All of Big Sur's conductors are solid. 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 Big Sur's very clean sound.
Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation: 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. Big Sur 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
Metal-Layer Noise-Dissipation System (NDS): 100% shield coverage is
easy; preventing captured RF Interference from modulating the equipment's ground
reference requires AQ's Noise-Dissipation System. Noise-Dissipation System
prevents a significant amount of RFI from reaching the equipment's ground plane.
Double-Balanced Asymmetrical Geometry: Purposely designed for
single-ended applications, Double-Balanced Asymmetrical Geometry offers a
relatively lower impedance on the ground for a richer, and more dynamic
experience. While many single-ended cable designs use a single path for both the
ground and the shield, Double-Balanced designs separate the two for cleaner,
Cold-Welded, Gold-Plated Pure "Purple-Copper" Plugs: This plug design
allows for a connection devoid 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. Purple-Copper offers a cleaner, clearer sound
than the nickel-plated or OFHC metals commonly found in competing manufacturers'
Directional: Arrows on the connectors indicate the preferred
signal path from the source component to the input.
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