Stereophile Magazine Recommended Component
Forget the Fancy Box and Save a Lot
Excellent-value AudioQuest Type 4 gets the "Recommended Component" nod from Stereophile. Other reviewers are crazy about it, too. "If you've gotten the impression that I liked AudioQuest's Type 4 speaker cable, you're quite correct," writes Greg Smith in the June 1998 issue of SoundStage. "I haven't heard anything less expensive than this that is as well balanced and appropriate for such a wide range of systems."
Type 4 is a high-tech, four-conductor, solid LGC copper cable featuring polyethylene insulation, carbon-loaded polyethylene dielectric, and a PVC cover. We hand terminate these cables ourselves using silver-base solder and high-quality gold .25" spades. Then we wrap them in protective plastic. You get no fancy box, but you save a lot of money.
"This is an excellent cable," marvels Britain's Home Entertainment magazine in issue 64. "Type 4 has a fuller and more vibrant palate of tonal colours and textures than most. The treble is detailed, and instruments and voices are well separated, yet the treble is also well controlled, lacking the forward quality and assertiveness of some."
Ordinary Price, Extraordinary Cable
Type 4 might look like a normal round cable, but inside is a fully optimized combination of extraordinary materials and extremely refined design. All four of Type 4's conductors are solid. Electrical and magnetic interaction between strands in a conventional cable is the single greatest source of distortion, often causing a somewhat harsh, dirty and confused sound. Solid conductors are the most important ingredients of Type 4's very clear sound. Whether a conductor is solid or stranded, skin-effect is a prime distortion mechanism in speaker cables. Type 4 very simply keeps this effect out of the audio range by using conductor sizes that are below the threshold for audible distortion.
A Super Sonic Technology
SST stands for Spread Spectrum Technology, an AudioQuest cable innovation. Any single size or shape of conductor has a specific distortion profile. SST significantly reduces distortion by using a precise combination of different size conductors. SST has enabled Type 4 to be the biggest possible four conductor cable that avoids audible skin-effect.
Conductors are made of LGC (Long Grain Copper), which has a pure surface for focused sound and excellent signal transfer. The helical array construction allows for significantly better dynamic contrast and information intelligibility than if the same conductors were run in parallel.
Type 4 cable is UL / CL3 certified for in-wall use. Its combination of economical price and great performance makes it ideal for multi-room systems.
Note: Because we hand finish these cable prior to shipping, please allow 2-3 days for your cables to be finished and shipped. If you require faster delivery, please call us and ask.
Stereophile's "Recommended Components" for 1997 calls AQ Type 4 "the best cheap speaker cable on the market" and recommends "try this stuff before laying down long green for more expensive cables."
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Conclusion: This is an incredibly musical wire, offering tons of detail and grain free performance at a bargain basement price. Previous speaker cable: MiT Terminator 6. I really like my MIT 6 wire! I tried quite a few wires before deciding on some second hand MIT wire. However, the bass was just a tad muddy and the top sounded a bit less substantial having body than real instruments. I wanted to see if the speaker wire was holding things back. I decided to try the AC4. In comparison, the AC4 has tighter, cleaner bass. I can hear the bass lines as distinct and clear musical lines now. I can also hear the leading edge better, as well as more of the character of the bass, tone, pitch comes through much better. Mids are smoother and more grain free. It is true that the human voice is less forward than with the MIT. Im not sure if this is more true and accurate than the MIT in this regard, or if the voice is slightly, and I mean slightly, attenuated from where it should be. Still, the female voice is clear I can make out lyrics more easily, and vocals are still nicely centered in the field. Highs are unquestionably not only more present, not just louder - but they have more body - a cymbal sounds more real and in the room, not tinny or fabricated. Seriously, the highs are shear pleasure. None of this extra detail comes at the cost of brightness, at least in my system. The soundstage is wider, deeper, and more 3D. This may be a function of the greater treble and mid micro details Im hearing. The noise floor seems even lower than the MITs, and Im hearing micro details much more clearly. Overall, right out of the package there is no box!, this wire, in my system at least, sounds at once more detailed and distortion free, and more honest than even the well regarded MIT 6 wire which was much more expensive, even used. The slightly less fwd voices may be seen as a deficit by some, but it seems more true, and allows much more of the instrumental information to shine through. I cant recommend this inexpensive wire highly enough. Give it a try in your system. My system: Oppo BD83 modified, PS Audio DAC III, Nuforce P9 Preamp, Nuforce Ref 9 V2 SE monoblock amps, PS Audio Power Plant Premier conditioner, MIT interconnects. VMPS RM-30 hybrid ribbon floorstanding speakers, with upgraded wiring, capacitors.
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