Following from Atlas’s research and development program, the Equator is fitted with the entirely new Integra plug. We were stunned when we first heard the improvement in sound quality we’d achieved with the new Atlas non magnetic plug.
The plug benefits from a solder free, cold weld interface between the 99.9999% pure copper co-axial stranded conductors and the plug for both the going and return signals. being free of solder, another barrier to the free-flow of the signal has been removed.
The Integra plug employs two conjugate brackets. These brackets grip the cable without compressing it. Compressing a coaxial causes the cable to alter its impedance from 75 Ohms thereby causing deletions. In a digital interface the impedance can drop to some 40 Ohms which causes reflections and jitter. The Integra plug lets more information through.
The integra plug with conjugate brackets entirely rejects radio frequency interference all the way from the plug to conductor interface so there’s less deletions or interference.
The integra plug contains four asymmetrical sleeves that are sprung and which spread on insertion thereby cleaning the plug to socket interface every time the plug is inserted. It’s easy to keep a clean signal path with the Atlas Integra plug, just remove it and re-insert it!
The Integra plug uses a non magnetic ABS cover which may avoid a saturation in the return leg at an RCA plug’s metal sheath if it’s in the signal path. The integra sheath facilitates a direct barrier free return signal path with less interference.
The Equator coaxial cable employs two woven screens for 100% coverage and the efficient rejection of radio frequency interference.
Finally the Equator Integra is provided with a unique seriel number and a five year guarantee. Buyers may be confident they’ve purchased a genuine Atlas cable, researched, developed and produced in Scotland and made from the finest materials available.
A consistent winner, the improved Equator Integra is obviously the entry level audio interconnect for discerning music lovers. Like all Atlas interconnects, it provides a huge sound-stage together with a smooth delivery. It avoids the over bright and irritating sound so often a feature of similarly priced interconnects. Rather in common with all Atlas interconnects, irrespective of price, it offers the listener a sophisticated and relaxing sound with no artificial highs or lows.