Overview: The AudioQuest CV-8 speaker cables feature multiple solid
conductors in a Circular Array Design. Each cable is equipped with a 72-volt DBS
pack which aligns the molecules in the dielectric, and enhances performance.
Each cable is terminated with two PK-BFA banana plugs at each end.
Conductors: The CV-8 has a total of eight solid conductors: Two 16-gauge
Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC) conductors, two 18-gauge extremely high-purity PSC+
conductors, two 19-gauge PSC+ conductors, and two 20-gauge PSC+ conductors.
Overall, the combination of conductors is equivalent to 12 AWG (3.3 mm²).
Circular Array Design: The relationship between conductors defines some of a
cable's basic electrical values (capacitance and inductance). Designers at AudioQuest have aligned the conductors in a circular array design to effect
performance. The Circular Array design of the CV-8 delivers significantly better
dynamic contrast and clarity than if the same conductors were run in parallel or
as multiple twisted pairs.
Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+): The CV-8 uses a combination of
Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC) and extremely high-purity PSC+ conductors. The
conductors are solid, which prevents strand interaction, a major source of
distortion. The extremely smooth and pure Perfect-Surface conductors eliminate
harshness and greatly increase clarity, compared to OFHC, OCC, 8N, and other
coppers. Extremely high-purity PSC+ further minimizes distortion caused by grain
boundaries, which exist with any metal conductor.
Dielectric-Bias System (DBS): Each CV-8 cable has an attached 72-volt
Dielectric Bias System (DBS) pack to enhance performance. This patent-pending
system eliminates non-linear phase shifts caused by the dielectric properties of
the cable insulation. The DBS pack puts a continuous 72-volt potential (DC bias)
between the pin in the very center of the CV-8 and the outer shield-like layer,
which fully aligns and polarizes all of the dielectric material in between. The
system uses the same concept as continuously leaving your components powered on
to make them sound better. A test button and LED allow you to occasionally
verify battery performance.
Terminals: Each CV-8 cable is terminated with a pair of silver BFA/Banana
plugs on each end. The BFA/Banana compression plug offers more surface contact
than spade connectors, and better contact pressure than regular banana plugs.
Directionality: Each speaker cable is clearly marked for
directionality for best performance. The breakouts (where the single cable
splits into separate terminated conductors) are either marked "Speaker End" or
"Amp End" to guide you. The DBS packs are both located on the "Speaker End" of
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