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AudioQuest Type 4

Single center speaker cable with pre-attached banana connectors (10 feet)

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AudioQuest's Type 4 center speaker cable delivers finely detailed sound from your high-performance audio system. AudioQuest carefully engineered their cables based on years of their own in-house research. The result? Cables that transfer signals as cleanly and faithfully as possible.

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Solid conductors improve accuracy and clarity

Type 4 cables feature four solid, long-grain copper conductors to ensure highly efficient signal transfer with minimal loss. Solid conductors are more resistant to the electrical and magnetic interference that can affect multi-strand conductor cables, and which causes brittleness in the sound.


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Precise cable geometry

This AudioQuest cable uses two 17-gauge and two 20-gauge conductors. This difference in diameter reduces the possibility of distortion caused by any particular conductor's sonic "signature." A specialized spiral arrangement of the four conductors minimizes potential signal interaction, resulting in sound that's clearer and more dynamic.

Highlights:

  • single 10-foot center speaker cable with pre-attached banana connectors
  • four solid, pure copper conductors
  • two 17-gauge and two 20-gauge for full-range signal transfer
  • conductors arranged in cross pattern to minimize mutual interference
  • silver-plated banana plugs
  • textile braid cable cover
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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  • One 10' length of Type-4 speaker cables terminated with silver PK-BFA/banana plugs
  • Silver polishing cloth
  • Polishing cloth instructions

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Features

Overview: This Audioquest Type 4 speaker cable is a single 10' length of speaker cable terminated with silver BFA/Banana plugs on each end for connecting your home theater system's center-channel to your AV receiver.

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: 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.

Spiral Construction: 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.

SST (Spread Spectrum Technology): SST is a method for significantly reducing the awareness of 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.

Insulation: Since solid conductors do not need hard insulation, they can take advantage of the vibration damping advantage of a softer more flexible insulation.

Terminations: The Type 4 speaker cable is terminated with a pair of silver BFA/Banana plugs on each end. The BFA/Banana compression plug offers more surface contact than spade connectors, and better contact pressure than regular banana plugs.

 

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5 out of 5

AudioQuest type 4

Written By tsgt2007, New Windsor,NY on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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The best sound from my 20 year old klipsch center channel speaker!!! AudioQuest in my opinion is the best! You get what you pay for!
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AudioQuest is what I'm buying for now on...
Cons:
None!
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5 out of 5

The right investment

Written By AJ, Lawrence, KS on Thursday, July 04, 2013
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Overall, invested > $500 with cables for my home cinema, and no regrets...I get the best out of my receiver and speakers, and these cables should outlive the life of the components. Worth the investment!
Pros:
Built quality Easiness to connect
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3 out of 5

AudioQuest Type 4

Written By Anonymous, Louisiana on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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Average speaker wires.
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5 out of 5

The Best

Written By Mrbill, los angeles on Sunday, March 31, 2013
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Love them
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Quality speaker cables

Written By HiFi_Shopper, Cary, NC on Monday, February 04, 2013
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If you have high end speakers you should consider getting some good cables to feed them power. These cables look great and do a good job.

The picture Crutchfield displays with the blue wrap is outdated. The new ones are much darker in color. I have a pair of the old ones and they were in a bigger box within a sealed bag. The new ones ship in a smaller box without any internal bag or wrapping. Quality is still the same but I preferred the old style. Out of four boxes ordered (new style) only one came complete with a polishing cloth. Not a big deal but for the cost I'd expect a complete item shipped.
Pros:
Great quality cable, looks great and sounds good.
Cons:
Only one box (out of four) actually came complete with silver polishing cloth. One box was an open box (used) but I bought new. Crutchfield was helpful in sending me a new set but the new one still didn't contain the polishing cloth that should come with each of these. A cloth was located and is being sent free of charge but not thrilled about getting an incomplete item at this price.
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AudioQuest Type 4 Speaker Cable

Written By KennethR, New York, NY on Thursday, January 10, 2013
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Out of the box these cables made a noticeable different in the soundstage from my previous cables. Now after a short burn in period the soundstage is more deeper with good separation of musical elements. Using these cables in a bi-wire setup.
Pros:
Easy to install, good construction
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Sceptic Turned True-Believer

Written By John, Mill Valley, CA on Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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Having acquired some high-end floor speakers and speakers for center and rear speakers, I decided to invest in AudioQuest Type 4 cables for the floor speakers from the start and connected the others with regular 14 gauge. Happy as I was with the sound clarity of the floor speakers, the center speaker was audibly struggling to provide clear sound. So I invested in AudioQuest Type 4 there as well and the effect was literally transformative. Immediately all the sound from the front became as clear as a bell as though a severe mist had been lifted from the center. To those acquiring some reasonable quality speakers like myself for the first time and skeptical that there's a need for more than standard 14 gauge cable, I strongly recommend buying these mid-price AudioQuest cables for front and center speakers and the CRITICAL improvement in sound clarity will give daily pleasure and listening joy long after that investment is forgotten.
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