For a couple of decades, AudioQuest’s AC power cables have been gaining momentum and respect for bringing lower distortion and higher performance not only to the audiophile high-end, but also to Sonos, Apple TV, cable boxes, radios, CI racks, etc. While AQ’s NRG cables weren’t physically big and painful enough to cater to certain
audiophile prejudices, they delivered the goods — better audio and video for many more people than any other premium AC cable supplier.
Now, AudioQuest is very proud to introduce a family of cables that recalibrate the importance of choosing AC cables carefully. The Storm Series of NRG cables don’t embody just incremental evolution, though that’s always a good thing, instead, they demonstrate a category jump.
Words are meaningless once you’ve heard the difference and simply know the truth — but a few words might whet your appetite and provoke you to give Storm Series + Dragon a listen sooner than later:
- Quiet Background and Minimal Electronics Misbehaviour
- Optimal Insulation Electrical Characteristics
- No Strans Interaction, Minimal Grain Junction Disruption
- High-Purity Conductors
- Uncompressed High-Current Transfer
- Ground Noise-Dissipation Technology
- Dielectric-Bias System (DBS; US Pat #7,126,055)
- Controlled for Correct Directionality
Quiet Background and Minimal Electronics Misbehavior
Due to a more sophisticated than ever Noise-Dissipation System (US Patent # 8,988,168), Storm NRG cables do what Garth Powell’s magnificent Niagara power products do, they lower the noise that both smothers fine detail, ambience, etc., and noise that causes active circuits to suffer TIM and otherwise misbehave, causing a flat sounding forced-through-a-screen-door effect.
Optimal Insulation Electrical Characteristics
Due to AudioQuest’s Dielectric-Bias System (US Patent #7,126,055). DBS’s effectiveness at reducing non-linear distortions caused by temporary energy storage
in a cable’s insulation is evident across all types of AudioQuest cables. However, in the Storm Series NRG cables, DBS is applied more strategically than ever before, reducing dielectric-noise takes a back seat to DBS extending the bandwidth and efficiency (Q), of all-important RF noise-dissipation.
No Strand Interaction, Minimal Grain Junction Disruption
Due to solid conductors, there is no contact between strands and none of the distortion that entails. Due to superior metals, less grain junctions within the conductors minimize distortion, and the superior conductor surface drains RF Noise better than other metals.
AudioQuest Storm Series NRG cables truly are optimized Low-Z | Noise-Dissipation Systems, just like the extraordinary Niagara Series Low-Z | Noise-Dissipation System power products.
A carefully finessed combination of solid high-purity Long-Grain Copper (LGC) and high-purity Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC) conductors prevent strand interaction, a major source of ear fatiguing transient intermodulation distortion. LGC allows a smoother and clearer sound than standard OFHC (Oxygen-Free-High-Conductivity) copper.
The astonishingly smooth and pure Perfect-Surface Copper further eliminates harshness and greatly increases clarity compared to OFHC, OCC, 8N and other premium coppers.
Uncompressed High-Current Transfer
With current capacity of 20 amps RMS @ 125VAC 50/60Hz (16 amps RMS @ 220-240VA 50/60Hz), Thunder/High-Current can withstand current transient peaks many times its continuous (average) RMS rating. This makes Thunder/High-Current ideally suited for a wide assortment of AC power conditioners, power regenerators, AC isolation transformers, and AC battery back-up devices, as well as any power amplifier, powered subwoofer, powered loudspeaker, powered receiver, or integrated amplifier.
Ground Noise-Dissipation Technology
AC Ground wires provide protection from current-wiring faults, but they also 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 greatly reduces this distortion, yielding unprecedented levels of noise dissipation across the widest bandwidth (range) of radio frequencies possible. Our unique circuit-topology utilizes a common-mode phase-cancelling array, in concert with proprietary dielectric materials which provide additional differential linear filtering.
Dielectric-Bias System (DBS; US Pat #7,126,055)
By creating a constant dielectric field for the cable’s primary capacitance field or dielectric, DBS assures extended bandwidth and more evenly filtered noise dissipation, eliminating the distortions and ringing that plague other cables even after years of use and so called “run-in time.” In addition, DBS assures that the RF Noise-Dissipation System works as linearly as possible.
Controlled for Correct Directionality
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.
Optional Fuse Upgrade
As an optional extra, Future Shop will upgrade the built-in fuse to the excellent Blue 13A fuse from Synergistic Research (SR). The SR Blue fuse is an excellent upgrade choice due to the materials used which offer an increase in resolution and realism over standard fuses. Some of the improvements you may hear include; a quieter noise-floor, greater dynamics, a more relaxed sound and detailed musicality.
Contact Enhancer Option
To ensure the best possible connection between your system, Future Shop recommends the DeoxIT Gold G-Series contact enhancer.
DeoxIT Gold is carefully applied to the plug contacts of your cable and is a unique conditioning solution designed to improve conductivity and provide long-lasting protection on gold, base metals and other precious metal contacts and connections. DeoxIT Gold penetrates plated surfaces, molecularly bonding to the base metals to seal and protect both surfaces.
The benefits of applying DeoxIT gold are:
- Improved Conductivity
- Maintained optimum signal quality
- Reduced wear & abrasion
- Prevents fretting/dendrite corrosion
- Forms a protective anti-tarnishing coating
- Stabilises connections between similar and dissimilar metals
- Reduces arcing, RFI and intermittent connections