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Bi-Wiring: AudioQuest Rocket 33 is a Single-BiWire cable. When the
halves are separated at the speaker end, the Dual-Triple design turns Rocket 33
into a true Double-BiWire set, thanks to the magnetic autonomy of each
tri-conductor section. On its own, one tri-conductor group would be a little
light-weight in performance as it is biased towards treble finesse. The other
tri-conductor group is biased toward the bass; its more forceful and lacking
ultimate resolution. Together they form a completely optimized full range
design. When separated, the Dual-Triple design lets Rocket 33 be a maximum
performance Double-BiWire in a single cable.
- Treble Group:
- 21 AWG Solid Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC) Conductor
- 19 AWG Solid Long-Grain Copper (LGC) Conductor
- 17 AWG Solid Long-Grain Copper (LGC) Conductor
- Bass Group:
- 20 AWG Solid Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC) Conductor
- 18 AWG Solid Long-Grain Copper (LGC) Conductor
- 16 AWG Solid Long-Grain Copper (LGC) Conductor
Solid Conductors: The use of solid conductors eliminate harshness and
confusion due to strand interaction. All six of Rocket 33's conductors are
solid. Solid conductors prevent strand interaction, a major source of cable
distortion. Electrical and magnetic interaction between strands in a
conventional cable is the single greatest source of distortion, often causing a
somewhat harsh, dirty and confused sound. Solid conductors are the most
important ingredients enabling Rocket 33's very clear sound. Whether a conductor
is solid or stranded, skin effect is a prime distortion mechanism in speaker
cables. Rocket 33 very simply keeps this effect out of the audio range by using
conductor sizes that are below the threshold for audible distortion.
Long-Grain Copper/Perfect-Surface Copper: Rocket 33 uses a combination
of Long-Grain Copper (LGC) and extremely high-purity Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC).
All conductors are solid, which prevents strand interaction, a major source of
distortion. Surface quality is critical because a conductor can be considered as
a rail-guide for both the electric fields within a conductor, and for the
magnetic fields outside the conductor.
- Long-Grain Copper (LGC): LGC has fewer oxides within the
conducting material, less impurities, less grain boundaries, and
definitively better performance.
- Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC): The smooth and pure PSC further
eliminates harshness and increases clarity. The astonishingly smooth
and pure Perfect-Surface eliminates harshness and greatly increases clarity
compared to OFHC, OCC, 8N, and other coppers. High-purity PSC further
minimizes distortion caused by grain boundaries, which exist within any
Dual-Triple Geometry: The relationship between conductors
defines a cables most basic electrical values (capacitance and inductance).
However, even when those variables are kept in a reasonable balance, the
relationship between conductors can be varied in ways that greatly affect the
sound. The Dual-Triple construction of Rocket 33 allows for significantly better
dynamic contrast and information intelligibility than if the same conductors
were run in parallel. The specific 3-cross geometry used in each half of Rocket
33 maximizes this advantage.
Spread-Spectrum Technology (SST): 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 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
size conductors. The six different SST-determined conductor sizes used in Rocket
33 allow an exceptionally clear, clean, and dynamic sound.
Directional: The PVC "pants" on either end of Rocket 33 are marked
"Speaker End" or "Amp End". Please use cables in the direction required.
Cold-Weld Terminations: Superior AudioQuest connectors allow
Rocket 33 to be securely attached to any type of equipment. AQ ends are dull
looking because there is no harsh sounding shiny nickel layer underneath the
silver. The connection between the plug and conductors is made using AQ's
Cold-Weld system which provides a superior connection that ensures that the
structural integrity of the conductor is kept completely intact. The Cold-Weld
system refers to a combination of high pressure at the point of contact and the
use of copper impregnated paste. A controlled amount of pressure is used to
essentially make the conductor and connector mechanically "as one" without the
use of heat. The copper bearing paste acts as both a copper oxide retardant, and
as well as a very effective contact enhancer. AQ's Cold-Weld system ensures a
practically perfect connection.
Silver Polishing Cloth: The Rocket 33 speaker cables 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