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- 3-poled, low-impedance power cable with noise dissipation
- Single-stranded conductors made of Perfect-Surface Copper + (PSC +) / Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC)
- Uncompressed high-current transmission
- Grounding Derivation Technology (US Patent No. 9,373,439)
- Zero characteristic impedance (50 Hz - 1 MHz)
- 72 V-DC Dielectric Bias System (US Patent No. 7,126,055)
- Directional ladder
Alternating Current (AC) is a far-from-perfect power source. AC power technology is well over a century old and never designed to meet the exacting standards of today's high resolution audio-video components.
AC noise is present at the utility source, and is then exacerbated by radio frequency noise that is induced (picked up by the AC power cord) and coupled to the component power supplies and to circuit ground. This creates distortion and low-level signal losses via the "masking effect."
Further, power amplifiers can require immense reserves of transient current for their power to stabilize during dynamic audio passages. Most AC power cords and power conditioner-regenerators, though helpful to a point, are simply not up to the task.
Power amplifiers present a real challenge for any AC power source, as the transient current requirements (though short in duration). Power amplifiers are thus unique from all other components in that the current draw is dynamic, not constant, and changes with volume and audio signal content. Though many AC power cords may feature low DC for this requirement, the characteristic impedance of the AC cable is equally responsible for assuring uncompromised performance. Many premium AC cords constrict or compress the transient transient as their characteristic impedance restricts the transient current.
GROUND-NOISE DISSIPATION TECHNOLOGY
AC ground wires provide protection from current-wiring faults, so they act as antennas. Thus, they are subject to induced radio-frequency (RF) noise. This RF noise bypasses component power supplies and is typically coupled directly into a system's most sensitive audio / video circuits. AudioQuest's patented Ground-Noise Dissipation will greatly reduce this distortion, yielding unprecedented levels of dissipation across the bandwidth. Our unique circuit topology utilizes a common-mode phase-canceling array, in concert with proprietary dielectric materials which provide additional differential linear filtering. (US Patent # 9,373,439)
All drawn metal strands or conductors have a non-symmetrical, and therefore directional, grain structure. AudioQuest controls the resulting RF impedance variation so that noise is drained away from where it will cause distortion. The correct direction is used in every AudioQuest audio cable. When applicable, arrows are clearly marked on the connectors to ensure superior sound quality. For the sake of clarity, it also indicates the direction that optimizes metal-directionality as part of noise-dissipation, but also indicates non-symmetrical attachment of shield and GND in order to optimize full-system performance.
HIGH PURITY CONDUCTORS - PERFECT-SURFACE COPPER (PSC) AND PERFECT-SURFACE COPPER + (PSC +)
A carefully finessed combination of solid high-purity Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC) and extreme high-purity Perfect-Surface Copper + (PSC +) conductors to prevent beach interaction, a major source of ear fatiguing transient intermodulation distortion. OFHC, OCC, 8N and other premium coppers. The superior purity of PSC + further minimizes distortion caused by grain boundaries, which exist in any metal conductor.
DIELECTRIC BIAS SYSTEM WITH RADIO FREQUENCY TRAP
All insulation between two or more conductors is thus a dielectric whose properties affect the integrity of the signal. When the dielectric is unbiased, the dielectric-integrated (absorption and non-linear release of energy) causes different amounts of time delay (phase shift) for different frequencies and energy levels, which is a real problem for very time-sensitive multi-octave audio , The inclusion of RF Trap (developed for AudioQuest's Niagara Series of power products), which ensures that radio frequency noise does not induce the signal from the DBS field elements. (DBS, US Pat #s 7,126,055 & 7,872,195 B1)
UNCOMPRESSED HIGH-CURRENT TRANSFER - TORNADO
With current capacity of 20 amps RMS @ 125VAC 50 / 60Hz (16 amps RMS @ 220-240VA 50 / 60Hz), Tornado / High Current can withstand current transient peaks many times its continuous (average) RMS rating. This makes Tornado / High-Current ideal for a wide assortment of AC power conditioners, power regenerators, AC isolation transformers, and AC battery back-up devices, as well as any power amplifiers, powered subwoofers, powered loudspeakers, powered receivers, or integrated amplifier.