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AudioQuest Type 4 Speaker Cable

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There's genuine science behind the Audioquest CinemaQuest Type-4 speaker cable and no spurious marketing fluff. The Type 4 is a properly designed cable to drive properly designed equipment and in our opinion delivers sound reproduction better than many more expensive cables.

Type 4 uses pure oxygen free long grain copper conductors which offers a warmer, open sound. Its black/blue nylon outer braid jacket has a top-end premium feel and in-between a soft insulation absorbs any vibrations which can negatively affect the sound quality. A combination of these major ingredients, and many more subtle details add up to explain how even an affordable cable like Type 4 can sound so good.

Conductors

Conductors

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 enabling 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.

Long Grain Copper

Long Grain Copper

Type 4’s LGC (Long-Grain Copper) allows a smoother and clearer sound than cables using regular OFHC (Oxygen-Free High-Conductivity) copper. OFHC is a general metal industry specification regarding “loss,” without any concern for distortion. LGC has fewer oxides within the conducting material, less impurities, less grain boundaries, and definitively better performance. All drawn metal exhibits directionality, whether in hardware store wire or in the best AudioQuest cable. We wish we could design away this awkwardness. Since we can’t, we pay close attention to optimizing performance by clearly marking the cables and our terminations. Please watch for these markings when installing any audio cables.

Cable Geometry

Cable Geometry

The relationship between conductors defines a cable’s most basic electrical values (capacitance and inductance). However, even when those variables are kept in a reasonable balance, the relationship between conductors can be varied in ways that greatly effect the sound. The spiral construction of Type 4 allows for significantly better dynamic contrast and information intelligibility than if the same conductors were run in parallel. The specific 4-cross geometry used in Type 4 maximizes this advantage.

Insulation

Insulation

In a low level cable the insulating material significantly affects the cable’s performance. However, in a speaker cable the electrical effect of insulation is almost only heard as a dry irritating sound prior to a cable being fully “run-in” technically “adapting to a charged state.” The term “break-in” does not apply because taking away the charge will slowly return the cable to its “new” condition. The insulation’s mechanical (hard vs. soft) properties make an important difference in stranded cables. The harder the better in order to minimize strand movement. Since solid conductors don’t need hard insulation, they can take advantage of the vibration damping advantage of a softer insulation.

SST (Spread Spectrum Technology)

SST (Spread Spectrum Technology)

Any single size or shape of conductor has a specific distortion profile. Even though radially symmetrical conductors (solid round or tubular) have the fewest discontinuities, any particular size does have a sonic signature. SST is a method for significantly reducing the awareness of these character flaws 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.

Terminations

Terminations

A quality cable demands a quality termination. Stripped bare wire and even DIY plugs leave the copper conductors exposed to signal-degrading oxygen which will require the cable to be re-terminated over time. AudioQuest Type 4 speaker cable can be specially terminated with a range of plug crimp options, which seals in the copper leaving a neat connection. We also apply the AudioQuest termination pants to give a professional finish.

While we do our best to keep this information up to date, please be aware that all specifications are subject to change by the manufacturer at any time.

Conductor Solid Long-Grain Copper (LGC)
Gauge 15 AWG (1.65mm²)
Jacket Braided
Terminations None. Plugs or Spades Applied on Request
Type Speaker Cable
Cross Dimension (Total Width) 12mm
Cross Dimension (Total Height) 12mm

While we do our best to keep this information up to date, please be aware that all specifications are subject to change by the manufacturer at any time.

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