QED Performance XTC Speaker Cable Airloc Forte Plugs Terminated
QED Performance XTC Speaker Cable AIRLOC Forte Plugs Terminated is based on the ‘X-Tube’ geometry of QED’s higher end Silver Anniversary XT, but with pure copper conductors.
It’s the lowest-priced cable so far to make use of the ‘X-Tube’ design, which features 3 x 99.999% Oxygen-Free Copper braids wound round a hollow central core, then wrapped in clear Mylar.
QED XTC cable is covered in a white, flexible polyethylene outer jacket and a spacer is included between the positive and negative conductors. This offers a “fine adjustment of capacitance and inductance to deliver improvements to both imaging and sound-staging, together with a full and natural bass response.”
AIRLOC Forte Banana Plugs
Brand new AIRLOC Forte Forte banana plugs with improved pin section and metal covers are fitted, designed to maximise contact area throughout the wide tolerance range found in 4mm amplifier and speaker sockets. This means that the connection remains uniformly tight and with its premium gold-plating, provides optimum sonic performance through time.
Aircore™ Technology Explained
One of the big problems as cable conductor size increases, is how to keep the inductance low. This is vital to reduce cable losses and prevent inaccuracies in the signal transfer process, i.e. distortion. The normal way to do this is to use a number of individually insulated conductors within the cable construction. This method is utilised to great effect in the design of QED’s Genesis Silver Spiral loudspeaker cables.
To take advantage of this design ethos, but in a more conventional format, X-TUBE forms the conductor in the shape of a tube with an inner aircore. This has the same effect as using multiple insulated conductors and ensures that high frequencies are transmitted cleanly, with the added benefit of ease of termination.
The unique tubular conductor geometry also provides lower flux density within the conductors, which gives improved transparency to the sound.
The overall result is more high frequency detail, less distortion and greater performance.
- Low-density polyethylene dielectric
- 99.999% OFC conductor
- X-Tube™ technology
- 3 x braids of 16 x 5/0.09mm stranding
- Hollow PE central core of 1.5mm OD
- Jacket OD – 4.00mm
- Wire gauge 17 AWG
- Cross-sectional area – 1.50mm²
- Loop resistance – 0.025 Ω/m
- Capacitance – 17pF/m
- Inductance – 0.69 µH/m
- Dissipation factor – 0.0006
- Ideal for use in all installations
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Cable is available in different lengths to order and can be fitted with Airloc ABS banana plugs or spades on request. Airloc ABS connectors are fitted with tough plastic ABS covers and the same Airloc Forte premium gold-plated pin section as supplied with metal covers. Please see QED Performance XTC Speaker Cable AIRLOC ABS Plugs Terminated.