Audioquest LeoPard Tonearm Cable with 72v DBS (2.0m) Straight Din to XLR
Like the animal it is named for, LeoPard is agile, strong, and quick on its
feet. Solid Perfect-Surface Silver Conductors, FEP Air-Tubes, Noise-Dissipation
System (NDS) and the option for XLR terminations give LeoPard a significant leap
in performance over Cougar. The combination of superior metals and insulation
and the addition of NDS ensure low distortion, low signal-loss results. This
means more of the music comes through they way it is meant to be heard.
SOLID 100% PERFECT-SURFACE SILVER CONDUCTORS (PSS):
Perfect-Surface Technology applied to extreme-purity silver provides
unprecedented clarity and dynamic contrast. 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.
FEP AIR-TUBE INSULATION (FEP is a Fluoro-Polymer):
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 later released as distortion. All of
LeoPard’s conductors use Air-Tube insulation because air absorbs next to no
energy, and FEP is the best extrudable solid insulation and absorbs less energy
than other materials. The FEP Air-Tubes used in LeoPard have almost nothing but
air around the solid PSS conductors.
DIELECTRIC-BIAS SYSTEM (DBS, US Pat #s 7,126,055 & 7,872,195 B1):
All insulation slows down the signal on the conductor inside. When insulation is
unbiased, it slows down parts of the signal differently, a big problem for very
time-sensitive multi-octave audio. AudioQuest’s DBS creates a strong, stable
electrostatic field which saturates and polarizes (organizes) the molecules of
the insulation. This minimizes both energy storage in the insulation and the
multiple nonlinear time-delays that occur. Sound appears from a surprisingly
black background with unexpected detail and dynamic contrast. The DBS battery
packs will last for years. A test button and LED allow for the occasional
CARBON-BASED 4-LAYER NOISE-DISSIPATION SYSTEM:
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.
This plug design enables a perfect heat-free connection between cable and plug.
The connection between the plug and conductors is made using AQ’s Cold-Weld
System, which provides a superior connection that ensures that the structural
integrity of the conductor is kept completely intact. The Cold-Weld System
refers to a combination of high pressure at the point of contact and the use of
copper- or silver-impregnated paste. (LeoPard’s silver conductors get silver
paste.) XLR plugs are also available.