Almost 20 years ago, AudioQuest introduced the first models of the Flat Rock Series of speaker cables: Slate, Bedrock, Granite and Gibraltar. Later AQ designed a series of similar concept models, but smaller and less expensive – using the in-house bridge name “Rockettes” for smaller Rocks. The series name evolved to simply Rocket, and in honour of a very famous Oldsmobile, Rocket 88 became the top model. Now AudioQuest have introduced a new line of cables.

Preparing Rocket 11 and 22 for Full-Range is simple – there is no braid to cut back and dress, no breakouts, no legs or pants – and the cables are CL3 and FT4 certified.

Strip the PVC jacket and inner insulation, put the 2 red conductors together, put the 2 black conductors together, insert in the amp’s and speaker’s connectors, and play music. Or insert the bare ends into AQ SureGrip 100 Series or 300 Series Banana Plugs or Spade Lugs.

Preparing Rockets 11 and 22 for BiWiring is as quick and easy as for Full-Range at the “amplifier” end says the company’s recent press release, put the two red conductors together and the two black conductors together as with Full-Range (see above ). At the “speaker” end use one red conductor for positive treble, one black conductor for negative treble, one red conductor for positive bass and one black conductor for negative bass.

Rockets 11 and 22 use “Semi-Solid True-Concentric Conductors” for the first time. Long-Grain Copper is used in G2, X2, Q2 and the SLiP cables.

“True-Concentric” is an industry standard term for when each layer of strands in a concentric conductor is spiralled in the opposite direction from the layer below, eliminating the lines of contact between the layers, and increasing contact pressure at the points of contact.

Rocket 11 uses AudioQuest’s Long-Grain Copper (LGC), while the slightly larger conductors in Rocket 22 use a blend of LGC and Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC).

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