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AudioQuest Golden Gate

Stereo interconnect cable with RCA plugs (8 meters/26.3 feet)

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Our take on the AudioQuest Golden Gate

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 single joined cable that's relatively thin and lightweight.

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 single joined 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 dual RCA connectors at each end. Mini-to-mini and mini-to-RCA versions are also available.

I actually bought a cable that was too short, so re-purposed where it went and go this longer one from my Phono Pre to my Pre-amp. Love these cable.

Jon, crystal lake, IL

What's in the Box:

  • 8-Meter stereo RCA cable

Product Highlights:

  • length: 8 meters/26.3 feet
  • stereo cable with dual RCA connectors at each end
  • 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 RCA plugs feature a solder-less design for lower distortion
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

AudioQuest Golden Gate Reviews

Average Customer Review:

23 Reviews

Great cable!

Written by: Steve D. from Aldie, VA on April 22, 2016

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I purchased two of these Golden Gate 1M RCA male-to-male cables and one 1M RCA male-to-male Big Sur (next step up from the Golden Gate). I'm using all three to connect Logitech Squeezebox digital music players to various receivers in different rooms. The Squeezebox has a very high end Burr-Brown DAC built right in, so I prefer using analog cables rather than rely on a receiver's DAC. The music input source is uncompressed WAV CD rips streamed from a NAS server in the basement with in-wall CAT6 transmission all the way. This is a fine little cable. It's very thin, flexible, and low-key. It clips on nice and tight. Sound quality is excellent. For all applications I was replacing 15-year-old Monster cables that were huge and bulky. Some people say they can't hear a difference between cable types, but some people also say they can't tell the difference between a WAV and a compressed MP3. I figure if I'm dropping several thousand on high-end audio, the least I can do is make sure my analog cables are high quality. Digital cables probably don't matter, but analog RCA does. I put the more expensive Big Sur in our main family room system (Yamaha receiver, Definitive Technology speakers) and the Golden Gates in the basement (Yamaha receiver / Bose and Klipsch speakers) and master bedroom (powered Mackie studio monitors).

Pros: Great sound Reasonable price Small, compact, single-line

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Golden Gate cable

Written by: Jon from crystal lake, IL on March 20, 2016

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I actually bought a cable that was too short, so re-purposed where it went and go this longer one from my Phono Pre to my Pre-amp. Love these cable.

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Audioquest golden gate

Written by: Armando from miami, FL on February 6, 2016

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Great cable, for a natural and powerful sound

Pros: A bargain for the price, very clear and natural sound

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Great mid-fi interconnect cable

Written by: TomNC from Durham, NC on April 12, 2015

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This is the 2nd time I bought an AudioQuest Golden Gate cable. It does not disappoint. Durable construction. No microphonics. The RCA connectors fit into my Oppo disc player and various receivers snugly, much better than those connects often seen on cheaper interconnects. The sound is clearly an improvement than generic cables. I would buy these type of cables again. Highly recommended.

Pros: Great sound; high-quality connectors; duration construction; no microphonics; intermediate cost.

Cons: None.

AudioQuest Golden Gate

Written by: blindmongoose from New Jersey on April 3, 2015

excellent cables,noticeable difference from the factory cables that came with my project carbon turntable. the sound quality is amazing. wide sound field, whether i am playing Mozart to punk the sound is more life like as if i were at the concert. I noticed noise reduction compared with the stock cable. they sound this good and not broken in yet cant wait til then. And looks wise they are classy looking. So they look good and work great well worth the price. A must have in my opinion. As a matter a fact i up graded all my cables to audioquest from my turntable, cd player,tape deck eq. think of the cables as the highway for your music. (If you got a porsche you dont want to use a dirt road you want the autobahn.) thats what audioquest is.

Pros: everything from quality build to the looks

Cons: none

Not the like the old days

Written by: JohnL from California on February 21, 2015

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I have had Audioquest cables for many years. Always great connectors. My first edition of "Diamondback" cables had excellent connectors. Later editions were just fine. These "Golden Gates" cables have very poor connectors ( at least for Marantz equip.). They are like vice-grips. Afraid they are going to pull out my inputs. The slender barrel type connectors were the best. This is all thru experience.

Pros: Pretty.

Cons: Poor engineering cable connectors.

AudioQuest Golden Gate 1M rca to rca male interconnects

Written by: Barry T. from Madison,Wi. on October 26, 2014

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AudioQuest Golden Gate interconnect cables : 1M rca/rca male

Pros: Well built cable and cosmetically pleasing

Cons: Expensive! A-B comparison = My generic cables sound (if this is applicable) and the Golden Gate sound or not sound the same. We have an approx. three foot rca interconnect and my audiophile ears could not detect any nuances in sound (clarity, neutrality, distortion,soundstage etc.). . I purchased all AudioQuest products because they make a fine cable(and not insanely priced as some.) and they compliment my Vintage Gear. No complaints!

Spot on performance

Written by: jazzman from Roanoke on June 18, 2014

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These cables are smooth sounding without being murky or having the effect of degrading the music quality. I have put more than 100 hours on them so I guess the break in is complete.

Pros: Performs as advertised

Cons: No drawbacks

AudioQuest Golden Gate

Written by: Dave F. from Douglasville,GA on April 2, 2014

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An excellent innerconnect cable, clear, nice highs, and no boominess. The low notes were clean and with a hint of warmth.

Pros: Excellent price, clear highs. Nicley detailed for cds

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Great product

Written by: Tom from Waxhaw, NC on February 8, 2014

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Not only do they look great, but have a solid feel to them and are definitely an upgrade over standard cables.

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nice upsale

Written by: tridosko from castle rock co on February 3, 2014

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What can you say . Seem to work ok . Hard to say if the difference is audible between these and any other cable . For the price , cant help but to feel that its an upsale . (floor mats and undercoating on a new car )

Pros: Nice packaging - makes it look pro .

Cons: price

AudioQuest Golden Gate

Written by: Mark from Wisconsin on February 3, 2014

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Very happy with these interconnects for the price!

Pros: everything is great about these

Cons: none

Best investment for the money

Written by: jessea from Reedsburg, WI on January 17, 2014

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The Audioquest Golden Gate cables are the best improvement you can make to your stereo or surround system. The difference between these and the old Nacamichi cables are like night and day. The sound quality is outstanding. It brings out the sound you never thought was there. They give you a great bang for the buck.

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Not Worth Money

Written by: JohnM from West Milford NJ on November 25, 2013

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This review is NOT towards crutchfield,Crutchfield shipped this very quickly and I received it within 2 days after I ordered it so 2 thumbs up for crutchfield and there team for great service...Now for audioquest,ive been a audioquest buyer and fan since the late 1990's until I changed over to monster cable due to cost so I decided to try out the new line of audioquest cables without going to a local retailer and looking at them up front.needless to say they DOWN GRADED the quality of there cables,these cables and other cables are thinner and they used CHEAPER rca connectors on them as compared to the older stuff (sidewinder,copperheads,topaz,etc).im very disappointed in the quality audioquest has put out recently in my opinion these cables are worth 25 bucks they down graded the quality but not the price,audioquest should continue like they had in the past and give the costumer what they paid for.im better off sticking with the monster cables they are thicker and have a way better rca connector on them for half the price,i have not hooked up the golden gates yet im deciding weather to send them back or keep them.again they are expensive cable compared to monster cables and monster cables givew you more for the money not like audioquest.

Pros: none

Cons: cable is thinner than older models,rca connectors are cheap,way over priced.

Heck yeah!!

Written by: Skynyrd77 from Mill creek,IN on November 6, 2013

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These things are great IMO. They truly opened up my sound field , everything is more accurate and lifelike . Highly recommend

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

One of the best

Written by: Gary D. from Chillicothe Ohio on September 21, 2013

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Excellent QUILITY & build of these cables. I have two sets of the golden gate cables of different lengths. What a difference they make compared to regular cables. I will be buying another set soon.

Pros: Quality

Cons: Pricy, but you get what you pay for.

Excellent

Written by: pressurewelder from West Virginia on September 11, 2013

Have always had wonderful results with these. Have 4 sets now. I have noticed when I get a new set they take some time to sound as good as my old ones.

Pros: Build quality and price

Cons: You may think I'm nuts but expect a few hours break in time for full resolution and high end response.

Your eyes will tell you all you need to know

Written by: JT Mann from King Of Prussia, PA on May 25, 2013

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Just look at the build quality of these cables. Install them, then your ears will verify what your eyes have told you.

Pros: Superior build quality = incredible sound.

Cons: None

Cable doe matter

Written by: Emmanuel from Lubbock, TX on May 1, 2013

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I spoke to Josh & Daisy, two Crutchfield advisors. They convinced me of the quality of Audioquest cables. They were knowledgeable, patient and informative. And you know what they were right. This cable is a superb choice for anyone on a budget but not looking to compromise signal quality. I especially want to give a shout out to Daisy who gave me the idea to pair Infinity Primus Speakers with Marantz PM5004 Integrated Amp. She told me the warmth of the Marantz Amp will balance the brightness of the infinity. So far her suggestions have been spot on. Again, I failed to credit to credit Josh and Daisy when I made my last purchase from Crutchfield. Without their imput I would not have bought those gears on my last purchase. One last thing in regards to Audioquest. a lot of you are probably audiophiles like I am, in which case you would have heard of the record label "Music Matters". I recently read on their website that the reason they do all their remastering work at Acoustech facility is because all the cables and interconnect there are Audioquest wires. Think about it if Audioquest is good enough for the premiere record mastering facility in the country, it's probably good enough for your home Audio needs. What more can I tell you!

Pros: They use the same brand of wire at Acoustech to remaster the Music Matters Blue Note 45rpms

Cons: You thinking you can find a better wires at this price range

I've Been Missing Out

Written by: Michael B. from Mount Airy, N.C. 27030 on April 24, 2013

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I've used Monster & Belkin.. I took a chance & spent $69.00 for a set of AudioQuest cables.Let me say this is the best investment I have made in my audio video system. The music sounds much more defined and the bass is tighter.Listening to myCD's is so much more enjoyable. Everyones system is different, but they made a difference for me.

Pros: This is a well made cable. Brings out the best in your sound source.

Cons: None

Braided cables

Written by: Rich from Oregon on March 24, 2013

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Cables are easy to handle. The braiding helps with grip and control while installing. I do not hear the 60hz hiss that I hear with cheaper cables.

Pros: Shielding does work

Cons: One small white arrow to mark the white cable, hard to see when cramped trying to install multiple cables in a tight spot.

audioquest GoldenGate cables

Written by: Anonymous from Newburgh,ny on March 20, 2013

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I got the 3' length which is all i needed going from the cd player to the amp. The cables are very high quality and well worth the money. Its a shame they are in the back and can't be displayed as they are so nice looking.

Pros: Solid well made. Well shielded to transfer the sound without noise or interference. Nice to look at.

Cons: None at this time.

Great Cables

Written by: Drummer from Maineville, Oh on July 22, 2012

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Outstanding cables for the price. They really produce true to life sound. Brilliant highs, dynamic bass, and everything in between is just sensational. AudioQuest knows their business and builds some of the finest cables anywhere. If you're looking for an economical way to improve the performance of an audio system, upgrading the cables is a must and these Golden Gates do just that. They match my NAD amp, NAD preamp, NAD turntable, Sony ES cd player, and Monitor Audio speakers perfectly. You can't go wrong with these cables.

Pros: Nice to get a .06 meter cable vs the standard .05 length for easier connecting in limited spaces. Also, cables are flexible, not rigid which makes installation a breeze.

Cons: None

Details

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

  • 8-Meter stereo RCA cable

Product Research

Features

Golden Gate Series Stereo RCA Cable: The AudioQuest Golden Gate stereo RCA cable is terminated by a gold-plated male stereo RCA connectors on each end. The AudioQuest Golden Gate 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")

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.

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

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Excellent value for the money. If you are after maximum performance, this cable delivers the best performance for the dollar spent. You can buy more expensive cables, but the difference in performance is incrementally better. Save your money. [ Jesse  Feb 25, 2016 ]
High quality cable for subwoofer signal pass thru to next amp. [ titanium man  Jan 18, 2016 ]
Excellent value for the money. If you are after maximum performance, this cable delivers the best performance for the dollar spent. You can buy more expensive cables, but the difference in performance is incrementally better. Save your money. [ Jesse  Feb 25, 2016 ]
AudioQuest is a leader in audio/video interconnects and the build quality and sound/picture signal transfer is superb! And it's from Crutchfield the only place I buy on-line audio/video gear because of the selection, free tech support and excellent customer service! [ FRANCIS E  Feb 19, 2016 ]
They look the business. [ Greg  May 10, 2016 ]
Needed a longer cable than what I bought before. Love these cables [ JON  Mar 06, 2016 ]
Audioquest is a leader in audio/video interconnects and the build quality and sound/picture signal transfer is superb! And it's from Crutchfield the only place I buy on-line audio/video gear because of the selection, free tech support and excellent customer service! [ FRANCIS E  Feb 19, 2016 ]
Crutchfield recommended type -- returning 2' cables as not long enough. [ LAURA  Jan 14, 2016 ]
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