AudioQuest Carbon Digital 1m

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AudioQuest Carbon Digital 1m is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
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AudioQuest Carbon Digital 1m

Digital Coaxial Interconnect

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The perfect cable in top-flight AV and Hi-Fi systems, the Audioquest Carbon Digital cable sets the highest standards.

Solid 5% silver conductors

Solid conductors eliminate strand-interaction distortion and reduce jitter. Solid silver-plated conductors are excellent for very high-frequency applications. These signals, being such a high frequency, travel almost exclusively on the surface of the conductor. As the surface is made of high-purity silver, the performance is very close to that of a solid silver cable, but priced much closer to solid copper cable.

Hard-cell foam insulation
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.

100% Shield coverage (foil + silver-plated braid)
Shielding always plays an important role in any cable design, but the shield on coax interconnect plays an especially important role because it functions not only as a shield but a return path as well. Because of this, Audioquest pays special attention to the shield’s metal quality and the fabrication techniques as both will affect the sound and the picture.

Carbon-based 5-layer noise-dissipation system (nds)
100% shield coverage is easy. 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.

If you’ve invested in the best, then don’t lose the quality in the connection – fit the Audioquest Carbon Digital.
Overview
Length of cable
1m
Length of Cable (m)
0 - 1.5
Type of cable
Digital Coaxial
Features
Type Of Cable
Digital Coaxial
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent upgrade There is some debate about the use of silver with copper in analogue interconnects on the basis that it can cause confused signals. This debate shouldn’t in theory apply do digital interconnects because the skin effect of the digital signal means it travels on the wires’ surface and there’s a benefit to silver plating. The sweet spot of value seemed to point to the Cinnamon interconnect so I plumped for this but doing A/B comparison with the old analogue interconnects between my Cyrus CDi and Cambridge CXA81 I was disappointed with the slight harshness of the high frequencies albeit with a very good soundstage. The cable had not been burnt in but I couldn’t see that there would be enough improvement over time so I decided to swap the Cinnamon for the Carbon. This proved to be a revelation with a big increase in control across all frequencies, particularly the top end, and a fantastic soundstage. The quality jump was a real surprise and whether this is due to the increase in silver content or improved insulation the improvement easily justifies the cost. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2022-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Audioquest Carbon Digital Coax The cable was well packaged and protected, in service is giving great sound stage and reproduction. Very happy!!
Date published: 2022-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well made digital cable I bought the carbon to replace my aging leads. At first I was relatively unimpressed but after a couple of weeks it has a lot better. Overall it is a well balanced cable with no obvious colouration. It is well constructed and I have doubt that it will stay in my set up for many years. 7.5 out of 10
Date published: 2022-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expensive but worthwhile Some say that expensive digital coaxial cables do not make a difference. That is not my experience and I don't think the differences are imaginary. The Audioquest Carbon cable is a definite improvement over the substantial Ixos cable that it has replaced. The sound is clearer, richer, more spacious with deeper, better defined bass, and is preferable to the Chord Clearway that produced an unpleasant thin, bright and edgy (jitter?) sound. I was attracted to Audioquest products after purchasing a Jitterbug, despite it being described as "snake oil," that produced a similar improvement in the sound from a USB HDD.
Date published: 2022-01-06
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