i find the entire aq line very confusing which is why I havent purchased them.
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No Audioquest cables are comparable to the more recent offerings with the DBS feature. My entire system is wired with AQ cables. All of my interconnects are DBS enabled. My speaker cables are not. DBS is such a game changer, I wish I could afford DBS speaker cables. Also the recent designs are using FEP (teflon) tubes as the dielectric. A big step toward ultimate neutrality.
With interconnects (latest versions to the right; ballpark 1m list prices are in parenthesis):
WEL - no earlier equivalent, but multiple revisions
Wild (4500) - no earlier equivalent, but multiple revisions
Sky I (2200) > Sky II (2700) > Fire (3000)
Cheetah (1000) > Niagara (1750) > Wind (2000)
**PSS Silver above here; PSC+ Copper below**
Panther (600) > Colorado (900) > Earth (1100)
Jaguar (350) > Columbia (450) > Water (500)
**DBS above here; no DBS below**
King Cobra > Yukon
Even towards the bottom & left are decent cables, but as 4425 mentioned, the Wind on up are really excellent -- this is where real improvements can be easily discerned on high-resolution gear. I also find even the ancient Sky I to be within a few hairs’ width of the "excellent" level as well (much warmer than Wind, though).
With speaker cables, they’ve changed so much in geometry and metal mixes that this is a futile exercise.