The importance of the audio interconnect cables in a high-end audio system cannot be overstated. With Stellar, as with any high-performance equipment, the quality of the audio interconnect conductors and the effectiveness of the noise reduction system is critical. AQ Mackenzie analog interconnects were chosen as the perfect match for Stellar.
The AQ Mackenzie interconnects are part of AudioQuest’s River Series featuring advanced geometry, solid Perfect-Surface Copper+, Hard-Cell Foam insulation, Triple Balanced geometry, and a Carbon-Based 3-Layer Noise-Dissipation System (NDS).
AQ Mackenzie were chosen to match Stellar’s natural sonic character, resulting in an optimum system synergy. Enjoy the perfect match of Stellar and Mackenzie from AQ.
This product qualifies for our risk free in-home trial in the continental United States when purchased directly from PS Audio. Break-in on AQ Cables may be required for optimal performance.
Hard-Cell Foam Insulation
Hard-Cell Foam (HCF) Insulation ensures critical signal-pair geometry. Any solid material adjacent to a conductor is actually part of an imperfect circuit. Wire insulation and circuit board materials all absorb energy (loss). Some of this energy is stored and then released as distortion. Hard-Cell Foam Insulation is similar to the Foamed-PE used in our more affordable Bridges & Falls cables, and is nitrogen-injected to create air pockets. Because nitrogen (like air) does not absorb energy and therefore does not release any energy from or into the conductor, distortion is reduced. In addition, the stiffness of the material allows the cable’s conductors to maintain a stable relationship along the cable’s full length, producing a stable impedance character and further minimizing distortion.
Solid Perfect Surface Copper+ Conductors
Solid conductors prevent both electrical and magnetic strand-to-strand interaction, major sources of distortion. Surface quality is critical because a conductor can be considered as a rail-guide for both the fields within a conductor, and for the magnetic fields that extend outside the conductor. The astonishingly smooth and pure surface of all AudioQuest’s Perfect-Surface metals nearly eliminates harshness and greatly increases clarity compared to lesser materials. Extremely high-purity Perfect-Surface Copper+ further minimizes distortion caused by grain boundaries, which exist within any metal conductor, nearly eliminating harshness and greatly increasing clarity compared to OFHC, OCC, 8N and other coppers.