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AudioQuest Golden Gate

Stereo mini-to-RCA adapter cable (2 meters/6.6 feet)

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by James Ralston
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AudioQuest bases its cable designs on real-world testing — lots of experimenting, listening, and tweaking. With its Golden Gate cables, AudioQuest has hit a "sweet spot" that puts high-end performance within the price range of many music lovers. These cables bring together some of AQ's most advanced designs and materials, for excellent sound quality from a cable that's relatively thin and lightweight.

Solid Perfect Surface Copper (PSC) 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. The Golden Gate's conductors are made from a material called "Perfect-Surface Copper." It's a breakthrough cable technology that can translate into a not-so-subtle improvement sound quality, compared to lesser conductor materials. The conductor's solid (rather than stranded) metal composition and astonishingly smooth surface allow for optimal signal transfer with a minimum of distortion.

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 Golden Gate'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 a stereo mini (3.5mm) connector at one end and dual RCAs at the other. Stereo RCA and mini-to-mini versions are also available.

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Highlights:

  • length: 2 meters/6.6 feet
  • stereo cable with a male miniplug (3.5mm) connector at one end, and dual RCA connectors at the other
  • solid Perfect Surface Copper (PSC) conductors for excellent 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
  • black and red braided jacket
  • cold-welded, gold-plated connectors feature a solder-less design for lower distortion
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • 2-Meter stereo minijack-to-RCA audio cable (with a male stereo 3.5mm connector on one end and a pair of stereo RCA male audio jacks on other end)

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Golden Gate Series Stereo Audio Minijack-to-RCA Cable: The AudioQuest Golden Gate stereo audio minijack-to-RCA cable is terminated by a gold-plated male 3.5mm stereo connector on one end and a pair of gold-plated stereo RCA male connectors on other end. The AudioQuest Golden Gate stereo audio minijack-to-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")

Solid Perfect-Surface Copper Conductors (PSC): Perfect-Surface Copper has an astonishingly smooth and pure surface. Proprietary metal-processing technology protects the wire's surface at every stage of drawing and fabrication. When high-purity low-oxide copper is kept as soft, pure and smooth as possible, it becomes a wonderfully low-distortion conductor. Electrical and magnetic interaction between strands in a conventional cable is the greatest source of distortion, often causing a somewhat dirty, harsh sound. Solid conductors are fundamental toward achieving Golden Gate's very clean sound.

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. Golden Gate 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.

 
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Good sound bad connection

Written By Jmayernaise, Mount Vernon, Ohio on Wednesday, September 03, 2014
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A good cable for sound, too bad it had a terrible connection. The 3.5mm end was wiggly in the iPod and whenever the iPod or cable was moved the connection would break and the iPod would pause. Just like it would if the cable was pulled from the iPod. Any other cable I owned would hold a perfect connection. Maybe it was just a 3.4!! ;)
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5 out of 5

NICE!

Written By bobb, Albuquerque,NM on Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Much more clarity over the factory wires. Another good sounding cable!
Pros:
Good quality build.
Cons:
hard to find any.
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5 out of 5

Worthy upgrade for desktop and mid fi setups

Written By SteveP, Charlottesville, VA on Friday, March 14, 2014
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I recently entered the digital music side of the audio hobby; my main system consists of a Citation I tube preamp, McIntosh MC275 power amp, Bozak B302 speakers OR Magnepan MMG-I's. My main source is a Rotel 1072 CD player. My mid fi system is a Macbook Pro using an Audioquest Dragonfly 1.2 DAC, connected to a Fisher X100B tube integrated amp that has been fully restored. Speakers used were Infinity Crescendo CS 3006s.

I used 24/96 versions of Tom Petty's Live Anthology: "It's Good to be King"; Santana's "Evil Ways", Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", and, "Wearing the Inside Out", and also The Eagles, "Hotel California" as sample tracks.

This was not a double-blind test... I knew which set of cables I was using. I alternated between my original Monster Cables, the Audioquest Evergreen, and the Audioquest Golden Gate. The Evergreen is a worthy upgrade in it's own right. Quality construction and improved sound for around $30 some dollars (2 meter version). The step up to the Golden Gates was noticeable. Bass was stronger, cymbals more lifelike, the sound stage a bit more forward. I found this true with both of my systems but the improvement was most noticeable with my mid fi/PC system. I might have to try the Big Sur cable next, but I am keeping the Golden Gates for now. They've really improved the sound coming from the Dragonfly DAC.

Pros:
Better highs, more sold bass, improved transients. Overall improved sound quality and imaging.
Cons:
None at this price point. It's an all around winner.
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5 out of 5

AudioQuest Golden Gate cable

Written By gbar, Coastal NC on Thursday, October 03, 2013
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This cable rocks!1 Hooked up to the AudioQuest DragonFly DAC to the stereo, sound is incredible. Much more open soundstage, better highs, bass is tighter and deeper, and a lot quieter. Highly recommended!
Pros:
sound great, easy to hook up, well made
Cons:
Expensive , but well worth it, and a very good value if the stereo system is up to it
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