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AudioQuest King Cobra
Audio interconnect cables with XLR plugs (pair) (1-meter (3.3 feet))
Item # 703KC1MX | MFR # King Cobra 1MXLR
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Our take on the AudioQuest King Cobra by Crutchfield's Ralph Graves
Give your high-end gear the quality cables they deserve
AudioQuest designed their King Cobra analog audio cables to transfer signals with almost no noise or signal loss. Each cable features three solid copper conductors to virtually eliminate electrical and magnetic interference that can add brittleness to the sound. The extremely pure grade of copper used in the conductors minimizes harshness and distortion, delivering a signal with exceptional clarity.
Each conductor has its own insulating air tube, which prevents information smearing better than foam insulation. An additional layer of shielding negates almost all electronic noise, for the cleanest signal possible.
King Cobra cables feature XLR connectors made of silver-plated copper. The connectors are fastened by cold welding a process that uses high pressure and silver paste to minimize signal loss. By contrast, solder tends to impede the signal, and the heating of the copper conductor during soldering can negatively affect its performance.
What's in the Box:
- Two 1.0-meter audio interconnect cables with a male XLR connector on one end and a female XLR connector on the other end
- 1 pair of audio interconnects with XLR terminals
- 3 solid, high-grade Perfect-Surface Copper+ conductors per cable
- PE Air Tubes to minimize information smearing
- conductors labeled for proper direction of signal flow
- cold-welded silver-plated XLR plugs
- textile braid cable cover
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Overview: This AudioQuest King Cobra product contains two 1-meter audio interconnect cables with XLR connectors on each end. They are for connecting high-end balanced audio sources with your XLR input-equipped 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. The two positive signals (inverting and non-inverting) and the negative all get the same low-distortion conduction path. The shield is attached to chassis ground through the case of the XLR, providing extremely effective shielding without contaminating the quality of the negative conducting path.
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 focused.
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.
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