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AudioQuest Diamondback

Audio interconnect cables with XLR plugs (pair) (1-meter (3.3 feet))

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Hear the difference these cables can make with your gear

AudioQuest's quality-built Diamondback analog audio cables transfer signals with minimal noise and signal loss. Each cable features three solid copper conductors to effectively eliminate electrical and magnetic interference that can add brittleness to the sound. And AudiQuest uses a pure grade of copper in the conductors to minimize distortion.

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High-quality construction

Each conductor has its own insulating air tube, which prevents information smearing better than foam insulation. An additional layer of shielding negates almost all electronic noise, for the cleanest signal possible.

Solid connectors

Diamondback cables feature XLR connectors made of silver-plated copper. The connectors are fastened by cold welding — a process that uses high pressure and silver paste to minimize signal loss. By contrast, solder tends to impede the signal, and the heating of the copper conductor during soldering can negatively affect its performance.

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Highlights:

  • 1 pair of audio interconnects with XLR terminals
  • 3 solid, high-grade Perfect-Surface Copper conductors per cable
  • PE Air Tubes to minimize information smearing
  • conductors labeled for proper direction of signal flow
  • cold-welded silver-plated XLR plugs
  • textile braid cable cover
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Two 1.0-meter audio interconnect cables with a male XLR connector on one end and a female XLR connector on the other end

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Features

Overview: This Audioquest Diamondback product contains two 1-meter audio interconnect cables with XLR connectors on each end. They are for connecting high-end balanced audio sources with your XLR input-equipped amplifier or receiver.

Triple-Balanced Design: The Diamondback audio interconnect cables are Triple-Balanced, with three identical insulated conductors and a separate conductor under the foil shield. The two positive signals (inverting and non-inverting) and the negative all get the same low-distortion conduction path. The shield is attached to chassis ground through the case of the XLR, providing extremely effective shielding without contaminating the quality of the negative conducting path.

Solid Conductors: Diamondback interconnects use three 22-gauge solid conductors instead of stranded conductors. Electrical and magnetic interaction between strands in conventional cables are the greatest source of distortion, often causing a somewhat dirty harsh sound. Solid conductors produce less distortion, thus produce a very clean sound.

Metal: Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC) has a very smooth and pure surface. Audioquest's proprietary metal processing technology protects the wire's surface at every stage of drawing and fabrication. High-purity, low-oxide copper is kept soft, pure, and smooth as possible during the manufacturing process, resulting in a very low distortion PSC conductor.

Insulation: All of Diamondback's conductors are insulated using Polyethylene Air Tubes. Air absorbs virtually no energy (which could be stored and released as distortion), and Polyethylene is a low-loss material that causes very little interference or distortion. The conductors and drainwire are wrapped in a Midnight Blue PVC jacket with a black and blue nylon braid on the outside.

Noise-Dissipation System: This cable uses a foil/Mylar/foil shield with 100% coverage to capture RF interference that could modulate the equipment's ground reference. The RF is dissipated through a 22-gauge solid, tinned copper drainwire.

 
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5 out of 5

Nice sound, reasonable price

Written By BV, San Antonio, TX on Monday, November 25, 2013
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These interface cables are well made. The sound is slightly bright but not harsh. XLR connectors are high quality. Overall, not a bad deal for a better than "off the shelf" standard cables. And Crutchfield is the best with fast shipping and great customer service.
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Clean, articulate highs, tight bass, no roll-of on the bass, just nice and tight.
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