I just imagined the bottle of water with AudioQuest logo.:-)
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Guys, I just spoke with John at Audio Connection. As you know he's a big time AQ dealer. I've been getting a bunch of AQ cable, in fact John had me get the Castle Rock instead of Gibraltar because it's the new one. The changes are minor. for the most part it's all just getting away from the metal parts on the cable and replacing them with poly so it doesn't change the signal. It's the part where the connectors are (sorry forget what they call the collars). They are just changing the names for marketing etc... He said you can hear differences, but it's not a major overhaul. Just enough change to give them new names. I bet they are also trying to keep ahead of all the counterfeit stuff out there too.
Thanks Bo. they have to keep up with the others in regards to marketing, however there isn't that much more they can do at this point as their cables at each price point are about as good as it gets. Most dealers I have visited the last year or so use AQ as much as they can as they are so neutral and that's really what you want. Shouldn't have to 'tune' your system with your cable. I'm glad they keep the newer named cables at the same prices.
Yes, it seems that Fire will be replacing Sky and has the brand new Audioquest made RCA plugs and XLR plugs on. The Fire seems to have bigger air tubes than the Sky. UK pricing is about right I think for their entire Elements range. Water, Earth, Wind and Fire. It appears there is a slight delay with the launch of Fire.
Audioquest Elements Series Interconnects
I did receive the info about the new cables, no prices yet. I have to wait to see what the prices are.
My focus is Always on if the new products have a better value for the money.
Air tubes have a big influence on the extra air around instuments and voices. It gives a much better presentation in Heights of a recording.
I owned the new Wild Blue Yonder, this one was a totally different league compared to the Sky.
The difference between the Wel en Wild is even bigger. A lot bigger than I thought.
I will write a review in a few weeks about it. I can tell you one thing; it sets music to a new dimension in sound and image!
There are many cables 'above' the Fire. I didn't want to say the Fire was the TOL. I"m very familiar with the whole line. I ended up with an XLR Niagara and have loved it. I will want to hear Fire too. I didn't like the Sky as much as the Niagara. I've heard the WEL with Vandy 7's and AR gear and it sounded incredible. It's just system dependent like anything else. Just proves that you need to audition anything in the system and you can't go by reviews or what others just say. JMHO