Paul's Reference Dragon ZERO Speaker Cables from AudioQuest are what we hand-selected from every possible choice to connect our BHK 300 Monoblocks to the Infinity IRS V in Music Room II. These speakers reveal every nuance—both bad and good. Nothing but the best for this room, and this cable proves it.
The final step in the audio chain between the electronics and the your ear is the all-important loudspeaker. It is a critical point in the chain of a stereo system and a position where loss or distortion can occur. Only the most revealing of cables will do when it comes to reducing loudspeaker/amplifier interactions, and impedance mismatch, which can cause compression and a loss of life in the music. AudioQuest Dragon ZERO speaker cables feature the company's ZERO Tech, which eliminates the speaker cable’s characteristic impedance, for uncompressed current transfer. The result is improved dynamic contrast, transient response, and bass slam. Music is rendered seemingly without effort.
The same team responsible for the groundbreaking new series of AudioQuest AC power cables—AudioQuest's founder, William Low, and Senior Director of Engineering, Garth Powell—has created what AudioQuest finds to be the most transparent, get-out-of-the-way immersive speaker cables ever made. Building on a solid base of familiar AQ technologies, the designers focused on addressing one of the most vexing issues plaguing speaker cable design: the mismatch between the amplifier’s source impedance and the speaker’s load impedance. The results are so good that they were an instant add into Paul's Reference System.
Paul's Reference AudioQuest Dragon ZERO speaker cables may be used in one of two ways: either as ideal Full-Range cables, or, in combination with a dedicated BASS cable, in a BiWire cable assembly of unparalleled performance. ThunderBird, FireBird, and Dragon BASS cables incorporate AQ's patented common-mode noise-rejection technology, yielding an audibly dramatic additional reason to BiWire when possible. The openness and dynamic contrast is the sound of your amplifier doing its job unmolested by either current compression or radio-frequency noise.
Perfect-Surface Technology applied to extreme-purity silver provides unprecedented clarity and dynamic contrast. Perfect-Surface Silver (PSS) is AudioQuest's highest-quality metal. Solid conductors prevent strand interaction, a major source of cable distortion. Extremely high-purity Perfect-Surface Silver minimizes distortion caused by the grain boundaries that exist within any metal conductor, nearly eliminating harshness and greatly increasing clarity compared to OFHC, OCC, 8N and other coppers.
The integrity of any audio transient (instantaneous peak-to-peak voltage swing and current) delivered from a power amplifier to a loudspeaker has always been compromised. Whether the amplifier is valve or transistor, regardless of class of operation, the amplifier’s source impedance and loudspeaker’s load impedance are never critically matched. The speaker cable’s characteristic impedance is yet another culprit in a highly compromised non-linear electrical circuit. AudioQuest has always stated that all cables cause damage because the output is never as good as the input. However, by eliminating a speaker cable’s characteristic impedance, AQ’s ZERO Technology is an unprecedented step towards reducing that damage. The result is greater dynamic contrast, better audio transient response, and bass slam that are rendered seemingly without effort because the cable is not electrically restricting (strangling) the music.
DRAGON SOLID SILVER CONNECTORS
SOLID PERFECT SURFACE SILVER CONDUCTORS
ZERO TECH, NO CHARACTERISTIC IMPEDENCE
CARBON BASED LINEARIZED NOISE DISSIPATION (NDS)
72V DIALECTIC BIAS SYSTEM
RADIO FREQUENCY TRAP
COLD WELDED TERMINATIONS
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