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VERTEX AQ STAGE 1 SYSTEM: The first step on your journey - The Audiophile Man
Promising to eradicate your Hi-Fi’s RFI, EMI and acoustic transmission problems, Paul Rigby reviews the Vertex AQ system If you take a look at the images around this feature, you’ll be thinking that I’m about to review a bunch of cables. Wrong. Vertex AQ is not in the business of building spanking new cables with all the frills and new materials offered by the likes of Atlas, Nordost, Tellurium Q, Chord et al. Vertex AQ make decent cables but nothing more than that. The point of these cables and the point of this review are the boxes attached to them. Put very simply, the blocks aim to remove unwanted noise and distortion from your hi-fi, improving overall sound quality. “In the block,” said Steve Elford, CEO of Vertex AQ, “is an acoustic absorption labyrinth. One of the things this block tackles is acoustic transmission. The latter will go up and down anything that it’s already in. So this nasty stuff will be in your mains conductors, the mains transformers and even things around the house on the mains. The metal of the wiring, for example, is the prime conductor of the vibration. That vibration will be positioned right up into …