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AudioQuest Golden Gate

Stereo interconnect cable with RCA plugs (2 meters/6.6 feet)

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Overview

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:

  • 2-Meter stereo RCA cable

Product Highlights:

  • length: 2 meters/6.6 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
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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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Why did you buy this?

Had an older set of Audio Quest G-Snakes, wanted to see the difference with my Onkyo CD-7030 as well as my Yamaha C600, ended up using the Golden Gates on the Onkyo, and Big Sur's I have on the Yamaha, Both are noticeably better than the G Snakes after break-in [ ANDREW  Apr 15, 2017 ]
looking for a high quality short length RCA to connect my Phono PreAmp to my Record Player. This seemed to be one of the best. [ M  Feb 21, 2017 ]
audioquest is a world class cable company! [ darrell  Aug 04, 2016 ]
High quality [ MATTHEW  Jun 23, 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 ]
High quality cable for subwoofer signal pass thru to next amp. [ titanium man  Jan 18, 2016 ]
Recommended by Mick vs. Monster brand I have previously used. [ Mark  May 07, 2017 ]
reputation [ George  Feb 24, 2017 ]
recommendation from crutchfield representative [ D  Feb 09, 2017 ]
To connect my turntable to my integrated amplifier. [ SANTHOSH  Feb 05, 2017 ]
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 ]
This product is highly rated for pure audio connections. [ ADRIAN  May 17, 2017 ]
good if not excellent quality for an unbeatable price [ finis  Apr 09, 2017 ]
AudioQuest brand recommended by Carson. I selected Golden Gate based on AudioQuest website. Brilliant brand! Thanks Carson! Carson's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=199 [ Thaddeus  Jul 06, 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 ]
matches sound system [ Eric  Jun 02, 2017 ]

1 question already asked

hi MarioL, I don't know if those cables can be used with a car amp. I suggest you speak to a crutchfield sales rep or contact an audioquest cable specialist. They will be happy to answer any of your questions! take care... [ darrell  Jun 13, 2017 ]
I don't know. Good question though. It's probably best to ask the manufacturer. [ Marvin  Jun 13, 2017 ]
Yes, they are still just standard RCA cables (just high quality ones) [ ANDREW  Jun 12, 2017 ]
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