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Overview: This AudioQuest King Cobra product contains two 1-meter
audio interconnect cables with male RCA connectors on each end. They are for
connecting high-end audio sources to your amplifier or receiver.
Triple-Balanced Design: The King Cobra audio interconnect
cables are Triple-Balanced, with three identical insulated conductors and a
separate conductor under the foil shield. Two conductors are used together for
the much higher potential across the negative connection, providing a
substantial performance advantage. The shield is only attached at one end,
providing total shield coverage without compromising the negative conducting
Solid Conductors: King Cobra interconnects use three 21-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. An ultra pure copper
is kept soft, pure, and smooth as possible during the manufacturing process,
resulting in a very low distortion PSC+ conductor. The resulting sound is more
Insulation: All of King Cobra'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 red PVC jacket with a black and red 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,
silver-plated, long-grain copper drainwire.
RCA Plugs/Cold-Weld System: The RCA plugs are Direct-Silver
plated with 8000-ampere welds, creating a perfect-connection alloy between the
cable and the plug. The gold-plated RCA plugs use a patented design that
eliminates the distortion caused by the extra contact inside most plugs. Because
the ground shells are stamped instead of machined, the metal can be chosen for
low distortion instead of for its machinability.
Directionality: The cables are directional, and should be connected in the
direction of the signal flow (i.e. from the CD player to the amplifier). The RCA
plugs are marked with arrows on each end to indicate the intended signal
direction. When connected in the proper direction, the music becomes more
relaxed, pleasant, and accurate.