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AudioQuest Evergreen

Stereo interconnect cable with RCA plugs (5 meters/16.4 feet)

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by James Ralston
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AudioQuest believes good cable design is all about damage control. In AQ's view, the perfect cable would be one that adds nothing — no noise, no distortion — to the original signal. Even AudioQuest's affordable Evergreen cables embody this philosophy. They bring together some of AQ's most advanced designs and materials, for excellent sound quality from a single joined cable that's relatively thin and lightweight.

Solid Long-Grain Copper (LGC) conductors

One of the most important materials that goes into an audio cable is the metal used for its conductors — the parts of the cable that actually carry the signal. Unlike lesser cables, AudioQuest's Evergreen features conductors made from solid Long-Grain Copper rather than stranded metal, for improved performance and better transparency.

Advanced cable geometry

While many cables use a single path for both the ground and shield, AudioQuest uses a design they call "double-balanced asymmetrical geometry." This design separates the ground and shield paths for clean, quiet performance.

Cold-welded, gold-plated connectors

All the details of the cable's construction are well thought-out. For instance, the Evergreen's connectors are cold-welded, rather than soldered, which eliminates a common source of distortion found in many other audio cables.

This cable is equipped with dual RCA connectors at each end. Mini-to-mini and mini-to-RCA versions are also available.

Highlights:

  • length: 5 meters/16.4 feet
  • stereo cable with dual RCA connectors at each end
  • solid Long-Grain Copper (LGC) conductors help improve performance
  • foamed polyethylene insulation for low distortion
  • metal-layer NDS (Noise Dissipation System) shields against RF interference
  • double-balanced asymmetrical cable geometry separates the ground and shield for quieter performance
  • green and black striped PVC jacket
  • cold-welded, gold-plated RCA plugs feature a solder-less design for lower distortion
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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Features

Evergreen Series Stereo RCA Cable: The AudioQuest Evergreen stereo RCA cable is terminated by a gold-plated male stereo RCA connectors on each end. The AudioQuest Evergreen stereo RCA cable is available in the following lengths.

  • 0.6 meter (2')
  • 1 meter (3' 4")
  • 2 meter (6' 7")
  • 3 meter (10')
  • 5 meter (16' 5")
  • 8 meter (26' 3")
  • 12 meter (39' 5")

Solid Long-Grain Copper Conductors (LGC): Solid conductors eliminate strand-interaction distortion. Evergreen's solid 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.

Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation: Any solid material adjacent to a conductor is actually part of an imperfect circuit. Wire insulation and circuit board materials all absorb energy (loss). Some of this energy is stored and then released as distortion. Evergreen uses air-filled Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation on both conductors because air absorbs next to no energy and Polyethylene is low-loss and has a benign distortion profile. Thanks to all the air in Foamed-PE, it causes much less of the out-of-focus effect common to other materials.

Metal-Layer Noise-Dissipation System (NDS): 100% shield coverage is easy; preventing captured RF Interference from modulating the equipment's ground reference requires AQ's Noise-Dissipation System. Noise-Dissipation System prevents a significant amount of RFI from reaching the equipment's ground plane.

Double-Balanced Asymmetrical Geometry: Purposely designed for single-ended applications, Double-Balanced Asymmetrical Geometry offers a relatively lower impedance on the ground for a richer, and more dynamic experience. While many single-ended cable designs use a single path for both the ground and the shield, Double-Balanced designs separate the two for cleaner, quieter performance.

Cold-Welded, Gold-Plated Plugs: This plug design allows for a connection devoid of solder, which is a common source of distortion. Because the ground shells are stamped instead of machined, the metal can be chosen for low distortion.

Directional: Arrows on the connectors indicate the preferred signal path from the source component to the input.

 
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5 out of 5

Great cables

Written By Pete, Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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I bought these cables to connect my Cambridge Audio 752bd to my Rotel RA-12 integrated amp. The amp is powering the new B&W 683s. The set up sounds great. I have not compared these cables to any others in my set up, so I don't know how they stack up against the competition. I can say that I don't hear anything that I don't like with them connecting things up.
Pros:
Solid construction, nice length.
Cons:
None that I'm aware of.
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5 out of 5

AudioQuest Evergreen

Written By Anonymous, New York, NY on Friday, February 28, 2014
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Great cable!
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5 out of 5

Just the right size & performance!

Written By Anthony, Minneapolis, MN on Thursday, February 06, 2014
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Needed a well insulated 5 meter pair of interconnects for a special installation and the Audioquest Evergreen was just the ticket. Also that both L & R channels blend into one jacket shortly after the RCA terminations was a plus too as it kept the wiring to a minimum and provided for a super clean installation. As for the sound? It imposes no will of its own lives up to Audioquest's mantra of "doing no harm". Just pure signal transference. Bravo Audioquest on making a well designed product at the exact length I needed and at a very manageable price.
Pros:
Well built, single jacket design that performs great at a good price!
Cons:
None that I can think of.
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5 out of 5

Audioquest

Written By MarkM, Silver Spring,Md on Saturday, February 01, 2014
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Quality cable.QUALITY SOUND FOR MY Subwoofer.
Pros:
Priced right.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

AudioQuest Evergreen

Written By arthur f, pennsylvania on Monday, January 20, 2014
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great cable works very well
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4 out of 5

Very clean

Written By RC, Abq NM on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
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Very clean sounding cable, brought out the mids and highs out of my speakers. Bass is a bit light, but tight.
Pros:
Crystal clean upper end.
Cons:
Lacking bottom end.
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5 out of 5

AudioQuest Evergreen

Written By Max, Danville, CA on Monday, December 30, 2013
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It does the job. Haven't had any issues.
Pros:
High quality.
Cons:
None so far.
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5 out of 5

great!!

Written By MZH, Maryland on Thursday, December 19, 2013
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very good quality for the $$
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5 out of 5

RCA Nirvana

Written By Superhetrodyne., fernley,nv on Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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noiseless, flexible,great color, well made. easy to route!
Pros:
noiseless. directional.
Cons:
needs better grip on end pieces, hard to remove or install into female rca. needs larger tag and better color contrast on lettering.
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4 out of 5

Great Cables

Written By JLBS, Toa Baja, PR on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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Great cables. I noticed the difference from my older cables I had in my BRP. The length is more than enough and they are of sturdy construciton. Noticeable especially on the terminals. Only con is that they are a bit pricey. They could be a little cheaper.
Pros:
Sturdy construction. Noticibly better sound. Perfect length.
Cons:
Price a bit steep.
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4 out of 5

Good cable

Written By Chuckmcn, Greensboro, NC on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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It is good, I guess...
Pros:
No way of knowing. Bought it just for the peace of mind.
Cons:
Not sure
1 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Are they better?

Written By Jeff H, Leola PA on Thursday, September 26, 2013
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Not really sure if these are sonically better than the cheaper ones; I was getting a new CD player, so I ordered them to see if they made a difference. Still not sure, but the player/interconnect upgrade sounds good. how much of the better sound is due to the Evergreen? Unknown...
2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Evergreen interconnect

Written By Chet, South East PA on Thursday, September 19, 2013
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Provides a high quality analog connection. The fitting is quite snug. When only the best will do, try this cables.
Pros:
Solid performer, available in short runs
Cons:
Cheaper alternatives
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Audioquest Evergreen Interconnect

Written By easman22, Glendale, AZ` on Saturday, September 14, 2013
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The Audioquest Evergreen is being used in my Audio system. It replaced an order interconnect and now the music just a wonderful realistic sound that I'am going to change out all my other interconnects with Audioquest! Highly Recommened!!
Pros:
Lifelike sound.
Cons:
Jacket color is boring.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

AudioQuest Evergreen

Written By JF, Houston on Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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It looks very nice and strong.
Pros:
Easy to install
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Audioquest Evergreen RCAs

Written By Bill C, Clinton, NY on Friday, August 09, 2013
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Nice cables, Fit nice, Good contact, Well made.
Pros:
Reduces Clutter
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Audioquest Evergreen RCA Cable

Written By Eric, Basking Ridge, New Jersey on Tuesday, July 02, 2013
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Cable was exactly as described as far as length, number of channels and color. The cable is easy to install and works great, haven't had a single issue with it. Definitely the best quality cable you can get with 25+ feet in length for under $100.
Pros:
Long Durable Easy to install Affordable Effective
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Evergreen rca

Written By Josh, Michigan on Saturday, June 22, 2013
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Great cable that doesnt fit the jacks with an iron grip.sometimes you will get cables that fit so tight you cant get them off and it breaks your ends(monster cables especially!) these look as good as they perform.they are a little pricey compared to other brands but if your looking for clarity in your mids and highs,dont buy high end componets and cheap out on the signal cable.
Pros:
Great look and easy to use,clarity is top notch
Cons:
none in my book
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

AudioQuest Evergreen

Written By Preamp cable, Boston, MA on Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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Well priced and well packed! I was very surprised with how flexible the cord was. No more thick, large unruly cables for me! These deliver the same if not better sound with less bulk. My new cord of choice for sure, these are wicked awesome!
Pros:
They replaced the standard black and white "stock" turntable cord. It made a huge difference for very little money.
Cons:
would like to see a lower price so I can change out all of my Monster cables.
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5 out of 5

Audioquest Evergreen Purchase

Written By Tee, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, June 05, 2013
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I have the cable between my CD Player (Yamaha CDS-300) and my amplifier (NAD 356BEE). While I do not buy into the idea that cables can make your music sound better, it did provide a faster access to my 16GB USB Thumb Drive I insert in the USB port of the CD Player. The thumb drive has around 3K songs and anytime you turn the CD player on or insert the thumb drive, it has to read all the song titles, etc first before it plays. The amount of time (saved) is probably only a minute or two but it was a noticeable difference. Bottom line, this cable transfers data faster. It is worthy to note, however, that the Rocketfish cable was longer. In any case, I would advise anyone to spend the extra money for a cable such as this vs. Rocketfish. No brainer.
Pros:
Quicker access to the data on my USB drive. Obviously superior quality vs. Rocketfish; worth the extra money.
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5 out of 5

AudioQuest Evergreen

Written By jon, Hurley, NY on Tuesday, May 07, 2013
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I gave this five stars because I don't know how else to rate it. It certainly connects well and everything sounds good, but I also upgraded my CD player and never tried connecting the old, generic cable. The instructions specify that it should be connected according to in and out arrows on the connectors (out from the CD player and in to the amp). I did that, of course, and there are no problems.
Pros:
Seems to be fine but I really haven't compared it to any other cable.
Cons:
None that I can think of.
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5 out of 5

Great cable!

Written By Vlad, Burlington, VT on Monday, May 06, 2013
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I didn't expect that it could noticeably improve the sound but it definitely did. The more expensive cables Sydney are better but the difference is not that big.
Pros:
Clear sound, price
Cons:
None
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Audioquest cable!

Written By JayB, Wichita, KS on Monday, April 15, 2013
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These are great cables. They seem to be vary well built and the sound quality is excellent. They are not the most expensive cables Audioquest makes, but everything seems put-together very nicely and they have a very smooth, natural sound. I purchased several for my system and am very happy! I highly recommend these.
Pros:
Build quality is great; sound is smooth and natural. Price is excellent.
Cons:
None!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

WORK GREAT

Written By DMIKE5249, FLORIDA on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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These cables work great with my Audioengine A5+ speakers the cables are flexable and are well make. I have other Audio Quest cables and all of them proform well.You can notice a diffrence in sound with these's Evergreen cables.compared to cheap one's.
Pros:
EXCELLENT CABLES, VERY CLEAN SOUND
Cons:
NONE
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4 out of 5

AQ Evergreen

Written By PhillipG, Catoosa, OK on Tuesday, April 09, 2013
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The Evergreen cables don't seen to add or subtract from the sound at all. The "less damage" philosophy certainly applies here. They appear well made and are flexible enough to twist and bend to make the connection even with the short 0.6meter length.
Pros:
Nice tight connections at the RCA ends.
Cons:
None noted.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Significant Improvement over no-name cable

Written By Larry, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, February 07, 2013
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I used this cable to connect Musical Fidelity V-DAC II to V-CAN II. The RCA plugs fit both sides quite well - not too firm (but quite strong) and not too lose. This was quite a difference from a supposedly high-grade, quite expensive Monster cable I used once, where fit was so tight that I thought I would break my components. Trying to adjust that cable I broke off a few pieces from RCA plug so I just threw the cable away.

For the record, my upgrade included not only this cable but also AudioQuest USB cable and Musical Fidelity V-PSU II so the effect was cumulative.

Before the upgrade, I was already quite happy with the sound from the V-DAC II/V-CAN II but knowing a good reputation of AudioQuest cables, I decided to upgrade the cable as well, considering the price was very reasonable and if nothing else I would be sure I was not loosing any performance.

After installing AudioQuest RCA/USB cables and V-PSU II I turned on my system and tried to listen to Pink Floyd "Wish You Were Here" through Beyerdynamics DT990/600 Ohm headphones.

In short, I was shocked to the point I did not recognize my system! Sound became so sharp, detailed, and crystal clear with very strong and accurate bass that I felt like I was listening to completely different DAC and headphone amplifier! Few times I heard sound passages, loud and clear, that I never heard before - on recording that I listened to like 1000+ times.

Great product, well worth the price!
Pros:
Excellent quality, just right fit when connecting RCA plugs. Significant improvement in frequency response, upper mids to highs. More overall clarity. Much better lows but I would probably attribute that to V-PSU II upgrade in my case.
Cons:
None
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Better than Monster 400i

Written By Scott, MN on Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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I connected the 2' Evergreen between an older 24bit/96KHz CD/DVD player and integrated amp going to Polk A3 speakers. They were a huge step up from the free red/white cables. The highs were clearer and sounds were separate and distinct. I have to assume difference was from attenuation from capacitance in the free cables. The L/R channel separation seems to have improved too but this could be just because the highs are clearer. I also purchased a Monster 400i cable ($31 on sale) for comparison and although it had much better low and mid throughput, I was disappointed in the highs with the 400i so I have to say that the Evergreen worked better with my setup. I compensated with a 4dB boost in bass and loudness for movies and used CD direct + line straight for most music.
Pros:
Very clear and distinct highs.
Cons:
The low/mid throughput of the Monster 400i was better, possibly because of a larger conductor with lower impedance in my system. I would like a cable that has the high frequency response of the Evergreen balanced with the low/mid of the 400i so I could use the CD direct setting for everything.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent prodcut

Written By LisaL, Nashville, TN on Thursday, January 10, 2013
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I opted for what I thought were pricey cables but I am so glad I did. The difference in the sound is unbelievable!. I highly recommend. Plus the delivery was so fast! Worth every penny to have such great, clean audio.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great!

Written By John S, VT on Sunday, December 16, 2012
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Great cables. Well built and easy to put on and take off. Excellent sound. Worth the extra money.
Pros:
All good.
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

A Logical Alternative to Manufacturer-Supplied Cables

Written By Kirigiri, Palo Alto, CA on Friday, September 21, 2012
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A/B comparisons between this Evergreen cable and the RCA cables that manufacturers provide with their audio products reveals that spending roughly $30 on the Evergreen cable is worth the money. A/B comparisons between this Evergreen cable and my friend's $300 total audiophile cable revealed no distinguishable characteristics, by either my friend or me. Following that A/B comparison, my friend asked me the brand of the Evergreen cable, so he could buy one for himself.
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Good Cables

Written By Brad C., Yukon, Ok. on Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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I just replaced all of my 25 year old RCA cables with these Evergreens. Old cables were Nakamichi "top of line at one time". Yes I could tell a differance in sound quality.
Pros:
Recommend highly....
Cons:
NONE
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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1 question already asked

I have the Audioengine 5+ with DAC system...would the AudioQuest Evergreen cables significantly improve my system over the stock RCA cable out of the box. Will I get better sound? Or should I go for an even better cable? [ Harold  Apr 16, 2014 ]
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  • Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy Staff  Apr 16, 2014 ]

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