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It seems, AQ Volcano is replace by AQ Oak. Retail price wise, they are similar as well as their wire structure being all PSC+. AQ used to provide more details about their cables like AQ Volcano, but for some reason they stopped doing as such.
There is also, AQ Comet (almost same cost) but this one uses 1/4 silver PSS and 3/4 psc+.
I have a pair of AQ Volcano which is a much thicker cable compared to AQ Oak and AQ Meteor (that I use on my primary setup), perhaps because of its higher no.of RFI insulation layers.
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Jafant, I looked around and tried a few other speaker cables from other brands. Some gives you an illusion of super-extended soundstage, but you get less resolution/details and/or a unpleasant frequency balanced sound.
At AQ Volcano price range, it is very challenging to find an alternative.Unless you are willing to pay 2-3 times more andyou might get some improvement as 10% or so. I use AQ Meteor on my first setup and AQ volcano on second system. AQ Meteor is 2 times more expensive and its improvement (specially on HF extensions) compared to AQ Volcano is like <10%.
gshepardbuster, Those are very nice audio gears you have. I am using AQ SKY all over my system, except AQ Cheetah from Turntable to my phono pre (einstein turntable's choice). Their difference is not subtle! I was thinking to upgrade at least part of my ICs and move toward AQ wild blue wonder. Unfortunately and as usual, auditioning is not possible for these pricey cables, only buying option with no return! BTW, I don't have any intention to hijack this forum from SCs to ICs. I was just wondering if you would provide a comparison between AQ Niagra (somehow placed between AQ Cheetah and SKy) and AQ WIld. I would appreciate it.
gshepardbuster, You are right, SKY and WBY shares identical inside core wiring. WBY has 32% more FEP isolation in between wires. AQ Niagara (one 20AWG and 2X 21 AAWG) uses 15% less silver compared to SKY( 3X 20AWG). Perhaps that's why Niagara sounds a little bit warmer vs. WBY.
This gave me some motivation to replace my AQ Cheetah by AQ Niagra (used and authentic one which is not easy to find).
However, WBY connectors are more sophisticated vs. SKY, especially RCA ones. There is a small company in US fabricating those RCA connectors. A couple of years ago, retail price of each WBY RCA connector was ~$350! Four of them are used in one pair!!!! Most of cable companies use Neutrik connectors (~$5), like Nordost Vahilla (~$5500/1m) !! Based on magazine reviews, I tried Nordost Vahilla 1 and I did prefer AQ SKY.
Jafant, I guess AQ Niagra (~$1900/1m) is discontinued and is replaced by AQ Fire. AQ SKY is about ~$2900/1M, AQ WBY ~$4500/1m and AQ Meteor is ~5900/8ft. I need to say that I was sooo lucky to have an excellent deal on my cables.