Black Beauty RCA & XLR
AudioQuest's Mythical Horses, Black Beauty and Pegasus, bring the proven advantages of ZERO-Tech to a much wider audience.
of the delightfully obvious sonic advantages of ZERO-Tech and the other
refinements that enable the Mythical Creatures (ThunderBird, FireBird,
and Dragon) are just as obvious when listening through the Mythical
To keep the very complicated construction flexible, the
upper Mythicals have two or three externally visible separate
constructions. While also necessarily complex, Black Beauty and Pegasus
package all that ZERO-Tech goodness in single round cables (smaller for
the 2-conductor RCA versions, a bit larger for the 3-conductor XLR
In addition, Black Beauty features several AudioQuest
design elements that work together to reduce distortion and efficiently
dissipate radio-frequency noise. These include: Direction-Controlled
Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+) conductors, Carbon/Graphene
Mesh-Network, 0.5% Silver-Plated RF Drain-Wires, Copper-Plated Plug
Casings, and Hanging-Silver over Red-Copper plugs.
ZERO-Tech (No Characteristic Impedance) for Linear, Wide-Bandwidth Noise-Dissipation
only way to avoid characteristic-impedance mismatch-effects between a
cable and its attached source and load circuits is to prevent the cable
from having a characteristic-impedance. ZERO-Tech succeeds by
eliminating the electrostatic field between the cable’s high and low
signal conductors, enabling linear (consistent octave to octave)
Radio-Frequency (RF) Noise-Dissipation, and uncompressed transients. In
order to preserve ZERO-Tech’s complete isolation between signal
conductors, a Dual-72v DBS pack is included for XLR cables.
Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+) Conductors
conductors prevent electrical and magnetic strand-interaction. PSC+
Solid-Copper minimizes distortion caused by grain boundaries and
maximizes linear RF Noise-Dissipation.
solid material adjacent to a conductor is actually part of an imperfect
circuit. Wire insulation and circuit board materials all absorb energy.
Some of this energy is stored and then released as distortion. Because
air absorbs next to no energy and Polyethylene is low-loss and has a
benign distortion profile, Foamed-PE, with its high air content, causes
much less of the out-of-focus effect common to other materials.
Level 6 Noise-Dissipation (Interconnects): ZERO-Tech + Carbon/Graphene Mesh-Network + Direction-Controlled
Noise from cellular, WiFi, and satellites is everywhere. AQ’s Level 6
Linear Noise-Dissipation includes a carbon & graphene resistive
mesh-network, direction-controlled conductors, and Silver-Plated drain
wires, significantly minimizing RF Noise masking effects.
0.5% Silver-Plated RF Drain-Wires
Silver-Plated RF Drain-Wires further ensure the proper and efficient
dissipation of induced radio-frequency noise for clearer, more natural
Copper-Plated RF-Draining Barrels
Barrels maximize Noise-Dissipation by preventing a metal barrel from
capacitively coupling RF to the conductors.
Hanging-Silver over Red-Copper Plugs
finest plugs feature superior Hanging-Silver (not tumbled) directly
over extreme-purity Red Copper to ensure uncompromised signal transfer.