Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+) Conductors: Perfect-Surface
Copper+ has an astonishingly smooth and pure surface. Proprietary
metal-processing technology protects the wire's surface at every stage of
drawing and fabrication. When high-purity low-oxide copper is kept as soft, pure
and smooth as possible, it becomes a wonderfully low-distortion PSC+ conductor.
PSC+ is manufactured by applying the same exceptional technology to an
ultra-pure copper. The resulting sound quality is even more focused and simply
less in the way. For over 30 years AudioQuest has pioneered the use of superior
metals; yet even we were surprised by the huge leap in performance made possible
with Perfect-Surface Technology. PSC+ simply outperforms all previously
available copper metals at any price. All of Mackenzie's conductors are solid.
Electrical and magnetic interaction between strands in a conventional cable is
the greatest source of distortion, often causing a somewhat dirty, harsh sound.
Solid conductors are fundamental toward achieving Mackenzie's very clean sound.
Nitrogen-Injected Hard-Cell Foam Insulation: Nitrogen-Injected
Hard-Cell Foam insulation is used exclusively in most of AudioQuest's video and
digital audio cables. Similar to Foamed-PE, it is nitrogen-injected to create
air pockets. "Hard" foam is used because the stiffness of the material allows
the conductors in the cable to maintain the same relationship with each other
along the full length of the cable, thus ensuring that the characteristic
impedance of the cable is consistent.
Carbon-Based 3-Layer Noise-Dissipation System (NDS): Preventing
captured RF Interference from modulating the equipment's ground reference
requires AQ's Noise-Dissipation System. Metal and Carbon-Loaded synthetics
prevent most RFI from reaching the equipment's ground plane.
Triple-Balanced Geometry: The three conductors in "Triple-Balanced"
Mackenzie cables ensure that the XLR plugs' positive and negative signals have
equally low-distortion conducting paths. This 100% coverage shield is never used
as an inferior conductor.
Cold-Welded Hanging-Silver + Copper Plugs: This plug design allows for
a connection devoid of solder, which is a common source of distortion. Because
the ground shells are stamped instead of machined, the metal can be chosen for
low distortion instead of machinability. Purple Copper offers a cleaner, clearer
sound than the nickel-plated or OFHC metals commonly found in other
Directional: Arrows on the XLR connectors indicate the
preferred signal path from the source component to the input.
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