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Rocket 88 Series Bi-Wire Speaker Cable: The Rocket 88 series speaker
cable incorporates AudioQuest's patented Dielectric-Bias System (DBS) and
replaces Long-Grain Copper with Perfect-Surface Copper+. DBS offers a lower
noise-floor, so you can hear deeper into the nuances of your favorite music. At
the same time the addition of more PSC+ offers a smoother, more relaxed, and
natural sonic timbre and texture.
PSC/PSC+ Conductors: The Rocket 88 series speaker cable uses a
carefully finessed and optimized combination of Perfect-Surface Copper and
extremely high-purity Perfect-Surface Copper+. The astonishingly smooth and pure
combination of PSC+ and PSC significantly eliminates harshness and greatly
increases clarity. Rocket 88's conductor mix is dominated by PSC+.
Carbon-Based Noise-Dissipation: The four negative conductors in the
Rocket 88 series speaker cable are insulated with partially conductive
Carbon-Loaded Polyethylene. This remarkable material damps radio-frequency
garbage from being fed back into the amplifier. Rocket 88 also uses
Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation on its positive conductors because air absorbs
next to no energy, and Polyethylene is low-loss with a benign distortion
profile. Thanks to all the air in Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation, it causes much
less of the "out-of-focus" effect common to other materials.
Dieletric-Bias System: All insulation slows down the signal on the
conductor inside. When insulation is unbiased, it slows down parts of the signal
differently, a big problem for very time-sensitive multi-octave audio.
AudioQuest's DBS creates a strong, stable electrostatic field which saturates
and polarizes (organizes) the molecules of the insulation. This minimizes both
energy storage in the insulation and the multiple nonlinear time-delays that
occur. Sound appears from a surprisingly black background with unexpected detail
and dynamic contrast. The DBS battery packs will last for years. A test button
and LED allow for the occasional battery check.
Spread-Spectrum Technology: Any single size or shape of conductor has
a specific distortion profile. Even though radially symmetrical conductors
(solid or tubular) have the fewest discontinuities, any conductor of a
particular size does have a sonic signature. SST is a method for significantly
reducing the awareness of these character flaws by using a precise combination
of different sized conductors. The different SST-determined conductor sizes used
in Rocket 88 allow an exceptionally clear, clean and dynamic sound.
Bi-Wiring: The Rocket 88 series speaker cable is an exceptional
Single-BiWire cable. When the halves are separated at the speaker end, the
Double Star-Quad Geometry turns Rocket 88 into a true Double-BiWire set thanks
to the magnetic autonomy of each Quad-conductor section. On its own, one
Star-Quad conductor group would be a little lightweight in performance as it is
biased towards treble finesse. The other Star-Quad conductor group is biased
toward the bass; it's more forceful and lacking ultimate resolution. Together
they form a completely optimized full-range design. When separated, the Double
Star-Quad design allows Rocket 88 to be a maximum-performance Double BiWire in a
Directional: The PVC "pants" on either end of Rocket 88 are
marked "Speaker End" or "Amp End". Please use cables in the direction required.
Silver Polishing Cloth: The Rocket 88 speaker cable come
with a chemically treated silver-polishing cloth for cosmetic reasons, not for
electrical reasons. When exposed to air, silver forms silver-oxides. This
"tarnish" looks ugly, but is still fully conductive. In comparison, copper
oxides are semi-conductors which cause distortion. Harmless silver tarnish and
other surface contaminants can be reduced by using this cloth two or three times