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AudioQuest Type 4

Speaker cables with pre-attached banana connectors (25-foot pair)

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by Steve Kindig
AudioQuest

High-value, high-performance speaker cables

AudioQuest's Type 4 speaker cables deliver finely detailed sound from your high-performance audio system. AudioQuest carefully engineered their cables based on years of their own in-house research to transfer signals as cleanly and faithfully as possible.

AudioQuest Type 4 cable Cross section

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 eliminate electrical and magnetic interference that can add brittleness to the sound with multi-strand conductor cables.


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Precise cable geometry

These AudioQuest cables use 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.

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Highlights:

  • speaker cables 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
  • current-carrying equivalent of a pair of 15-gauge conductors
  • silver-plated banana plugs
  • textile braid cable cover
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

  • Two 25' lengths of speaker cable with a pair of BFA Banana connectors on each end
  • Polishing cloth
  • Silver Polishing Cloth instructions card

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Features:

Solid Conductors: All four of the AudioQuest, CinemaQuest Type 4 speaker cable 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 and distorted sound. Solid conductors enable the Type 4 cables to produce very clear sound.

Long-Grain Copper: The Type 4 cable's LGC (Long-Grain Copper) allows a smoother and clearer sound than cables using regular OFHC (Oxygen-Free High-Conductivity) copper.  LGC has fewer oxides within the conducting material, less impurities, less grain boundaries, and provides overall better performance.

4-Cross 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 cable 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 cables maximizes this advantage.

Insulation: Since the Type 4 cables use solid conductors it doesn't require hard insulation and can take advantage of the vibration damping advantage of a softer insulation.

SST (Spread Spectrum Technology: SST (Spread Spectrum Technology) is a method for significantly reducing distortion flaws by using a precise combination of different size conductors.

Terminations: The Type 4 cable utilizes high quality BFA/Banana connectors that allow the Type 4 cables to be securely attached to your speakers and amplifier. The BFA/Banana connectors are a dull looking silver because its metal is plated directly over the connector itself. There is no shiny and harsh sounding nickel layer underneath to distort your audio signal.
 

 
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5 out of 5

A good audio system needs good wiring

Written By Phil, Whitehall, PA on Sunday, May 04, 2014
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In 1988 I bought a pair of JBL L100t speakers and used good quality Monster Cable speaker wire to connect them to my Harman Kardon receiver. They sounded great, but eventually the speaker cable needed to be replaced along with the original receiver. Earlier, I bought a Yamaha, Model RX-797 receiver to replace the HK and last year I broke down to buy a pair of AudioQuest, Type 4 speaker cables. No, I'm not an audiophile, but I do appreciate good sound and the difference in sound quality with Type 4 was noticeable--not night and day, but high frequency sounds were cleaner, the midrange was clear and strong, and the base was somewhat tighter. Was it worth the price? It was for me: I recently bought another pair of AQ Type-4 speaker cable to upgrade my new home theater system that includes a Samsung UN65F9000 4K-UHD TV. I'm so impressed with AudioQuest that I also ordered AQ Golden Gate stereo interconnect cable with RCA plugs to upgrade connections to a HK 3470 receiver and a pair of JBL L100t3 speakers used as part of my home theater. Yes, I'm sticking with stereo instead of going to surround sound--don't want all those speakers. FYI: A few years ago I did an extensive comparison of my old JBLs to the latest in home speakers; better sound would have cost about $5000.

I also purchased AudioQuest Cinnamon HDMI cable to connect a new Yamaha, BD-S677 Blue-ray player to the TV. I'm convinced that quality cable is worth the price when connecting quality components.
Pros:
Quality construction is obvious when you see and touch AudioQuest Type 4 cables. Their performance in transferring undistorted sound makes AudioQuest Type 4 speaker cable the perfect choice for those who appreciate listening to breathtaking stereo sound.
Cons:
Somewhat pricey, but in my opinion, worth it.
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5 out of 5

Great Wire

Written By Gary M., Edwardsville, PA on Friday, April 11, 2014
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Outstanding speaker wire with great connectors. Huge difference in sound and response!
Pros:
Connectors plug into speakers very well and the quality of this wire is second to none
Cons:
Very expensive
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5 out of 5

Fantastic Cable - A Must Have

Written By NRana, Denver, CO on Tuesday, April 01, 2014
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I wish I'd got this earlier when I assembled my system. Noticable improvements in highs and bass is more tight. I had type 2 16guage cable earlier with banana connectors. May be the guage was wrong for my speakers or something. Sound quality from speakers is much much better now. Soon, I'll replace for my center and surround speakers too.
Pros:
Great clarity in highs and tight bass
Cons:
a bit expensive
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5 out of 5

AudioQuest Type 4

Written By Steve A, Albert Lea, MN on Friday, March 28, 2014
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Great speaker wires, if you spend big dough on expensive speakers don't skimp on cheap wires, after all the wires are the avenue the great sound is taking to get to your ears!
Pros:
Well built bundled conductors with outstanding engineered design, worth every nickel.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Audioquest Rocks!!!

Written By Tsgt2007, New Windsor,NY on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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I wanted to try the audioquest type 4 speaker cable and replace my monster speaker wire because I read about the improvement in the sound and I have to say these cables are truly amazing !!! A more of a clean and tight sound from my 20 year old klipsch quartet front and my klipsch KV-2 FB center channel speaker. If you want good sound and not to expensive these are it!!!
Pros:
Hi end speaker cables! I am thinking about buying more to run my surround sound...
Cons:
None!
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5 out of 5

time for some actual quality hookups

Written By madbird, marietta, ga on Saturday, February 01, 2014
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if nothing else these made me feel better, like i wasn't dancing with bad shoes. since i spent plenty on the amp and speakers, had to complete the trilogy
Pros:
good quality
Cons:
expensive, expensive to me that is, my babies
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5 out of 5

Great sound, great build quality, and great aesthetics

Written By Dave Z, Rockland County, NY on Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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Purchased these cables along with a pair of MartinLogan ElectroMotion ESLs because I preferred not to use my existing AudioQuest Midnight 3 bi-wire cables with the second set of connectors dangling (the ElectroMotions do not support bi-wiring). I found no difference between these and the Midnights, despite the Midnight being a much beefier and more expensive cable. Very happy with my purchase.
Pros:
Sounds as good as more expensive cables that I've tried, build quality is solid, nice aesthetics
Cons:
Probably still more expensive than other cables that might do as good of a job (but I happily pay a little more for AudioQuest products because of my past experiences with the brand)
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

AudioQuest Type 4

Written By Speaker cables, Green Brook, NJ on Thursday, August 22, 2013
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Great product. A little more then I was going to spend but so worth it. They look really good because they have a type of fabric as the covering and they came with pre-installed tips so the connection to the speakers took seconds. I highly recommend these cables.
Pros:
Great speaker cables.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Worth it

Written By DavidK, Tampa, FL on Sunday, July 28, 2013
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Really breathed life into my Polk RTi A1s. I had name brand banana connectors and wire but they kept coming apart and the sound just was not what it should have been but these solved all that. A little pricey but they will out last my A1s.
Pros:
High quality. Won't come apart. Improved Sound Quality.
Cons:
$$$
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5 out of 5

Awsome

Written By HarryR, San Juan, PR on Friday, July 12, 2013
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Excellent pair of cables. Improved quality of sound. Good construction. Easy to handle.
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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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Impressed with the built quality. Awesome complement to my homecinema. Great sound.
Pros:
Connected in 2 sec.....Great quality.
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5 out of 5

Perfect!

Written By Bill C, Hull, MA on Monday, June 17, 2013
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I bought a Cambridge Audio Topaz amp from Crutchfield, and 2 good speakers to go with it, all to hook up to a great SONY turntable I've had for about 7 years, and you recommended these speaker wires. I was taken aback because I though, hey, speaker wire is speaker wire, but these blew me away. The amp is relatively small, the speakers the size of small shoeboxes, but the entire system sounds way "bigger" than it is. Very pleased!
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5 out of 5

AudioQuest Type 4

Written By Simon, MD on Friday, May 24, 2013
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great quality made a real difference to sound
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5 out of 5

The best

Written By Mrbill, los angeles on Sunday, March 31, 2013
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The Best, Love them
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Audioquest - The Real Deal

Written By Anonymous, Dallas GA on Saturday, February 16, 2013
 
I have been using boutique speaker wire for a long time. I paid dearly for them too. I decided to try AQ's Pearl HDMI cables after reading that they were the cat sass in What Hi-Fi magazine. I had just gotten a new Plasma TV and blew a wad on it so I didn't have the dead presidents for expensive cables. I bought three of them, hooked them up, and could not believe the performance. This got me thinking about interconnects so I bought the G - Snakes for my CD player and Turntable. Same result - Wow !!! Of course, now I had to try the Type 4's on my Martin Logan Source hybrids. I could not believe the difference ! It was as if someone took blankets off of them. The bass was so much more powerful that I took my 10 inch Velodyne subwoofer off the system. It is collecting dust in the closet now. The soundstage opened up and now I play music at two thirds the previous volume. AQ products helped my system more than I can explain. Expensive? Yes. Worth it ? Yes, oh yes. Solid conductor technology really works and I am sure of it. Buy these with confidence !
Pros:
Sound, looks, sonic beauty. No break in period that I can tell. Sounded great out of the box.
Cons:
None
7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Cables matter!

Written By Audioquest type 4's, Scottsdale AZ on Friday, November 09, 2012
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Thanks to Norm at Crutchfield...a real audio guy who steered me in the right direction. Cables are not voodoo magic but rather what was missing in my system. They highlight tones and sharpen the sound stage. If you can spring for the cash, do it!!
Pros:
Quality you can see and hear.
Cons:
Pricey.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Type 4 -- Worth it!

Written By Tom, Rochester NY on Saturday, May 26, 2012
 
When I upgraded my living room speakers to PSB Synchrony Twos, I was still using Audioquest X2 14 gauge speaker wire. Wanted to get as much as I could from my NAD T787 AVR, and was only running 5.2 in that room, so bi-amped with the X2, which gave more depth but for most sources not a huge difference. After a while wondered if stepping up to solid wire like Type 4 would make more of a difference, finally gave it a go bi-wiring. Definite improvement in clarity, especially noticeable in the Synchrony C center, but towers seemed to lose a bit of their punch, so somewhat disappointed. Then decided that if I'd gone this far, might as well finish the job, so bit the bullet and went the bi-AMP route with Type 4.

WOW! Everything came alive and have both the clarity and oomph I was hoping for. Had to re-adjust speaker settings several dbs and use port plugs on the Synchronies because bass output kicked up several notches, though was still very clean. Exceptional sound now from all sources, from NAD 565 CD player to Oppo 93 BluRays, even Cable TV and Airplay streaming via Marantz NA7004 with Apple Lossless files. Funny, my first thought was "now it all finally sounds like it did at the shop!".

Yeah, the cost of cables can get pretty ridiculous, but I love music and it's worth it to me to get as much as I can from my system, even if the individual improvements are subtle, because they add up. I'm now a believer in solid wire designs.
Pros:
Instant improvement in clarity, especially if bi-wiring -- additional depth if bi-amp
Cons:
cost, of course :)
11 out of 11 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

AudioQuest Type 4

Written By Scott, Phoenix, Az on Sunday, March 11, 2012
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Great wire. Makes connections super easy with the benefits of great sound.
Pros:
Easy installation!
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Definately a difference

Written By Mike, Centreville, VA on Tuesday, March 06, 2012
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I hooked these up today and I can definately hear a difference. My signal is more clear and crisp. Looking forward to more testing! I am running a Yamaha RX-V1900 amp into Canton Ergo 80s. For years I have run heavy gauge copper cable as I've always thought more copper is better. I have to say I am impressed. I am going to get another pair for my second system.
Pros:
Not super expensive. Audioquest sells a pair that costs over $8000 !!
Cons:
None yet
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

I'm Hooked!

Written By Bob, Carbondale, IL on Tuesday, July 06, 2010
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Forget the Monster cables. I hooked these up in seconds to my new KLipsch RF-52s...great response. Expensive? Yes and worth every nickel. I think cables and wires are the most over looked componet to a great sounding system.
8 out of 12 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

What a difference a cable makes!

Written By Martin, Chico, CA on Tuesday, March 03, 2009
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About 10 years ago I bought a Yamaha shelf stereo system from Crutchfield (when I still lived in Charlottesville and could buy it in the brick-and-mortar version). It still works and sounds surprisingly well but I am in the middle of upgrading my AV system. I started with new speaker cables, replacing the thin out-of-the-box Yamaha cables with these AudioQuest cables. Wow! I didn't know that that little shelf system could sound so good! The speakers are on Sanus SF22 stands, which already cleaned up the sound. But with these cables the detail, staging, localization and definition has increased enormously. At first I felt a bit silly to spend this much on speaker cables, but when I turned on a CD to hear the results and could not turn off the CD until I had listened and enjoyed it all the way through I knew it was worth it.
19 out of 24 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

audioquest type 4

Written By PFC4934, gastonia,nc on Friday, January 16, 2009
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brought the Polk rt55 series to life. Monster cable ,been there,done that.Thanks audioquest for a great product and hats off to Crutcfield and Pete,my advisor. Someting you can't get at the big box stores.
7 out of 12 people found this helpful
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2 questions already asked

When it says 10 ft pair that means given 2 speakers I could have each 5 ft equally spaced from the amplifier correct? [ Randy  Jan 08, 2014 ]
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  • You could actually have each of the speakers up to almost 10 FT from the amplifier (each cable is 10 feet long) Two 10' lengths of speaker cable with a pair of BFA Banana connectors on each end [ Jeff Staff  Jan 08, 2014 ]
Can I install these AQ Type 4 cables in the wall of my house? I need them to be UL-listed or else they won't pass inspection. Thanks! [ Richard  Feb 17, 2014 ]
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