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AudioQuest Water (1 Metre)


Balanced Audio Interconnect Cables With XLR Plugs

AudioQuest Water XLR - XLR Interconnect Cable

AudioQuest Water XLR - XLR Interconnect Cable

Audio Interconnects With XLR Terminals On Both Ends. Dielectric Bias System Maintains Constant Charge

Solid Long-Grain Copper Conductors For Clean Sound

Carbon Based 6-Layer Noise-Dissipation System Prevents RF Interference

Cold-Welded Gold-Plated XLR Terminations 

Cable Length Selected: 1 Metre
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Product Description

Audio Interconnects -
Make The Best Connection!

More than just an essential accessory, quality interconnects will transform a good system into a superb system. Upgrading from either the ‘freebie’ cables or to something better pays dividends if performance is important. Our advice? Better cables don’t have to cost a fortune, but don’t short-change yourself or your system, as the final listening experience is only as good as the weakest link. Buy a product that will both match your system and meet your expectations. Then you will be happy! For all components $100 to $100,000!

If you are moving towards more high-end audio equipment, then you will discover that many (not all) use balanced XLR type connectors. AudioQuest deliver products that achieve the highest levels of performance and reliability. Their XLR to XLR terminated cables are no exception. If you have audio gear that allows for XLR or balanced line connection, then you can't go wrong with high-quality brands like AudioQuest.


Balanced Cables use two dedicated conductors to provide forward and return paths for signal. The ground connection in balanced configurations is accomplished by means of a third, dedicated, ground conductor. Balanced XLR connectors use large diameter signal pins. They are considered superior by High-End manufacturers and audiophiles to the very common RCA in that they sound better and provide a positive locking action. The Water series will suit the most fastidious customer as it embodies many of the technical advancements from some of the more expensive AudioQuest cables. These include the carbon-based 6-Layer NDS system and the Dielectric Bias system both of which are discussed in more detail below.

Dielectric Bias System: High-end cables usually require a break-in period before they perform at their best. A charge builds up in the insulation through continual use, increasing the efficiency of the cable. This charge can dissipate when the cable's not in use, giving you less than optimal performance until it builds up again. AudioQuest's Dielectric Bias System eliminates this break-in period. A small battery pack attached to the cable polarises the insulation with a 72-volt charge, giving you clear, expressive sound from your system every time you turn it on. This creates a strong, stable electrostatic field which saturates and polarises the molecules of the insulation. This dramatically reduces dielectric induced smearing of the signal, letting sound emerge from a “black” background.

Solid Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC) Conductors: Perfect-Surface Copper has an astonishingly smooth and pure surface. Proprietary metal-processing technology protects the wire’s surface at every stage of drawing and fabrication. When high-purity low-oxide copper is kept as soft, pure and smooth as possible, it becomes a wonderfully low-distortion conductor. For over 30 years AudioQuest has pioneered the use of superior metals and PSC clearly outperforms previous AQ metals that cost over ten times as much. Electrical and magnetic interaction between strands in a conventional cable is the greatest source of distortion, often causing a somewhat dirty, harsh sound. Solid conductors are fundamental toward achieving Mackenzie’s very clean sound.

Nitrogen-Injected Hard-Cell Foam Insulation: Nitrogen-Injected 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.

Carbon-Based 6-Layer Noise-Dissipation System (NDS): 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.

Solid Long-Grain Copper (LGC) Conductors: Solid conductors eliminate strand-interaction distortion. Red River's solid Long-Grain Copper allows a smoother and clearer sound than cables using regular OFHC (Oxygen-Free High-Conductivity) copper. OFHC is a general metal industry specification regarding "loss" without any concern for distortion. LGC has fewer oxides within the conducting material, less impurities, less grain boundaries, and definitively better performance.

Nitrogen-Injected Hard-Cell Foam Insulation: Nitrogen-Injected 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.

Triple-Balanced Geometry: The three conductors in "Triple-Balanced" Mackenzie cables ensure that the XLR plugs' positive and negative signals have equally low-distortion conducting paths. This 100% coverage shield is never used as an inferior conductor.

Cold-Welded Hanging-Silver Directly Over Pure Purple Copper Plugs:  Mackenzie's XLR plugs feature new connectors and new pins. The connectors are fastened by cold welding — a solder-less process that uses high pressure and silver paste to minimize signal loss. This plug design allows for a connection devoid of solder, which is a common source of distortion. Because the ground shells are stamped instead of machined, the metal can be chosen for low distortion instead of machinability. By contrast, solder tends to impede the signal, and the heating of the copper conductor during soldering can negatively affect its performance. Purple Copper offers a cleaner, clearer sound than the nickel-plated or OFHC metals commonly found in competing manufacturers’ plugs. 

Directional: Arrows on the XLR connectors indicate the preferred signal path from the source component to the input.

The History Lesson: Personally we like how Bill and his team come up with names for their products, so this is the story behind the "Water" series: Water—refreshing, soothing, cleansing water—covers more than 70% of our planet’s surface and is the only substance in nature to appear naturally in all three common states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. We know water as the nuclei of comets in space; as vapor in the soft clouds of our blue sky; as the crystals that form the many intricate patterns of snowflakes; as vast glaciers atop our planet’s most tempting and challenging mountains; as brilliant, white icebergs drifting freely in artic oceans; as freshwater rivers that course through our land; as aquifers in the soil beneath our feet.

On the molecular level, water can form large numbers of hydrogen bonds, giving rise to an unusually high surface tension and extreme capillary force, which, in turn, allows water to move upward through narrow tubes against the force of gravity—a life-giving property relied upon by all vascular plants, including our greatest trees: aspens, oaks, and redwoods. Fascinatingly, the boiling point of water is highly dependent upon the barometric pressure of its environment: Water at the top of K2, for instance, will boil at a temperature different than that of water taken from the Mackenzie River, while the ocean’s deepest waters, near geothermal vents, can reach temperatures of hundreds of degrees and yet remain liquid.

  • Design: A pair of audio interconnects with XLR terminals on both ends
  • Dielectric-Bias System with attached battery pack (batteries included) maintains constant 72V charge for optimal performance
  • Conductors: Three solid Long-Grain Copper conductors per cable for clean, low-distortion sound
  • Insulation: Polyethylene Air-Tube Insulation to minimize information smearing
  • NSS: Carbon-based 6-layer Noise-Dissipation System prevents RF interference from reaching the equipment's ground plane
  • Geometry: 3-conductor Triple-Balanced Geometry — the separate ground conductor ensures that positive and negative signals have equally low-distortion conducting paths
  • Terminations: Cold-welded gold-plated XLR plugs
  • Jacket: Black-and-blue braid
  • Length: 1 Metre
  • Manufacturer's Warranty: 5 years

Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE

Additional Information

Additional Information

Name Balanced Audio Interconnect Cables With XLR Plugs
Brand AudioQuest
Colour No
Cable Length 1 Metre
Shipping Weight (kg) 0.5000
Price Range $790


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