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Low-Distortion & Low-Noise Star-Quad Speaker Cables
The speaker cable model Type 4 was first introduced about 1983. It wasnt the prettiest cable, but the performance advantage of its polypropylene insulation was dramatic and much appreciated. Several evolutionary steps later, the current version of Type 4 was introduced in 1995a design whose foundation is so well balanced that it hasnt changed since thenand still isnt changing.
Types 5 Low-Distortion & Low-Noise speaker cable is essentially Type 4 with better metal, and with conductors that are a little farther apart, reducing interaction between adjacent conductors by 35%.
Solid Perfect-Surface Copper +/Long-Grain Copper Sonic-Signature Conductors
A finessed combination of grainless-sounding Perfect-Surface Copper+ Sonic-Signature conductors, plus Long-Grain Copper, enable a smooth and natural "lack-of-character."
Solid Conductors eliminate harshness and confusion due to strand-interaction.
Carbon-Loading and Direction-Controlled conductors provide effective Noise-Dissipation, minimizing noise modulation and amplifier distortion.
Balanced Star-Quad Geometry reduces time-smearing while preserving dynamics, and clarity.
- Available in a black & brown braid, terminated with SureGrip 300 connector
- Available on spools braided, or with a CL3/FT4 red-striped black PVC jacket
- Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ Sonic-Signature conductors ensure smooth and natural sound
- Carbon-Loading and Direction-Controlled Conductors provide effective Noise-Dissipation and minimize amplifier distortion
Built on a 39-Year Foundation of AudioQuest 4-Conductor Star-Quad Speaker Cables
C-4, AudioQuest's first Star-Quad design, was introduced in 1980. A couple of years later, the original strange-looking polypropylene-insulated Type 4 was first introduced. Several important evolutionary steps later, the most recent version of Type 4 was introduced in 1995--a design whose fundamentals are so well balanced that it hasn't changed since then--and still isn't changing.
However, since AudioQuest first started using superior-to-OFHC metals in 1985, better metal has always been an option. Models CV-4, GO-4, KE-4, and AG-4 all used the Type 4 design, but with Perfect-Surface metals. These models also featured the added benefit of AudioQuest's Dielectric-Bias System (DBS).
Type 5 is fundamentally Type 4 with better metal. Type 9 ups the game with more PSC+ and added layers and techniques of Noise-Dissipation for more effective noise control than any previous Type 4 iteration. And, Type 9+DBS adds the black background and preservation of natural beauty that AQ's Dielectric-Bias System (DBS) enables.
Also, the new models are a little bigger than previous 4-Series cables, the conductors are a little farther apart, and interaction between adjacent conductors is reduced by 35%.
Applying and now finally naming a technique AudioQuest has used for decades, Type 5 uses a finessed combination of Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+) in Type 5's grainless-sounding Sonic-Signature conductors, plus Long-Grain Copper (LGC) in the larger carry-the-weight conductors.
No, AQ hasn't gone bonkers. We are not claiming different audio frequencies go down different conductors! However, in a manner similar to bypass capacitors in a speaker crossover or in electronics, the smallest conductors in AQ's multi-conductor-size cables set the "information envelope" or Sonic-Signature.The larger conductors, even though compromised above 10kHz due to skin-effect, do the also-important heavy lifting--keeping cable impedance to a minimum.
Types 5, 9, and 9+DBS are full-range cables, but are of course superb when used in a Double-BiWire combination. Very effective Double-BiWire (DBW) options include double Type 5, double Type 9, and the especially cost-effective options of Types 9 or 9+DBS on treble with Types 5 or 9 on bass (the importance of metal and of DBS is proportional to frequency).
Higher up in the AQ range, the Robin Hood models use the same 4 conductors (same size, same metal) as Types 9 and 9+DBS. This means a Robin Hood ZERO cable on treble can be combined with any model of AQ Star-Quad cable on bass (CV-4, GO-4, etc.)--all a very cost-effective step along the way to a Robin Hood Double-BiWire.