Type 4 cable show with factory spade terminations.
Stereophile Magazine Recommended Component
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. These cables are terminated at AudioQuest's factory using silver-base solder and high-quality gold .25" spades. They are then wrapped in protective plastic.
"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.
Hand Terminated at the AudioQuest Factory
Factory terminated Type 4 is hand terminated at the AQ factory by experienced technicians using only the highest quality spades or BFA-style gripping bananas. Factory-terminated cables also include a special nylon sleeve designed to protect the cable and prolong it's usefull life.
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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