AudioQuest's Rocket 88 speaker cables can help high-performance audio systems sound their very best. This "bi-wire" Rocket version is designed for the many bi-wirable speakers available today. Each cable has two sets of connectors at the speaker end, which provide separate connections for the woofer and tweeter. Until now, bi-wiring required using two regular sets of speaker cables, but AudioQuest's innovative single bi-wire cable delivers the sonic benefits of conventional bi-wiring along with simpler hookup. Rocket 88 cables will help your speakers deliver smooth, engaging sound that never sacrifices a bit of detail.
The benefits of bi-wiring
When a full-range signal is sent through a single speaker cable, the interaction of the magnetic fields created by the different frequencies can negatively impact the sound produced by your speakers. In particular, large amounts of bass energy can interfere with more delicate high frequencies. Bi-wiring transfers audio signals separately to your speaker's woofer and tweeter inputs, eliminating this distortion-causing interaction. If your speakers can be bi-wired, they should be for optimum performance.
One of the most important ingredients in a high-quality cable is the metal used for the signal conductors. Rocket 88 uses a carefully optimized combination of AudioQuest's Perfect-Surface Copper and their even-higher-purity Perfect-Surface Copper+. The metal mix is dominated by PSC+, which significantly reduces harshness while increasing clarity. Each of the cable's eight solid conductors is a single unbroken length of pure copper, to minimize signal loss.
AudioQuest's patented Dielectric-Bias System
If you've noticed that when you turn on your audio system it takes a while to really hit its stride sonically, there are a couple reasons. Certainly allowing your electronics to warm up helps, but another factor may lie in your speaker cables. When your system is playing, a charge builds up in the cable's insulation, reducing the amount of electronic noise the cable produces. This charge can dissipate when the cable's not in use, limiting performance slightly until it builds up again.
AudioQuest's active Dielectric-Bias System (DBS) creates a strong, stable electrostatic field which saturates and polarizes the molecules of the insulation. A small battery pack attached to the cable produces a constant 72-volt charge, which maintains optimum bias level, giving you clear, expressive sound from your system every time you turn it on. The DBS battery packs will last for years. A test button and LED allow for the occasional battery check.
High-quality connectors eliminate the weakest link
Rocket 88 cables feature banana plugs fastened by cold welding — a process that uses extremely high pressure to create solid secure connections that minimize signal loss. By contrast, solder tends to impede the signal, and heating the copper can negatively affect its conductivity.