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AudioQuest Irish Red

Subwoofer cable (5 meters/16.4 feet)

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Overview

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AudioQuest's Irish Red cable helps any powered subwoofer sound more realistic by minimizing any loss in the signal as it travels from your receiver to the sub. This cable features two identical solid conductors, and each conductor is a single, unbroken strand of AudioQuest's high-purity Long-Grain Copper, coated with silver. Solid conductors eliminate electrical and magnetic interference that can make multi-strand conductor cables sound brittle.

Want bass clarity and impact? Here you go.

AudioQuest Irish Red

AudioQuest's Irish Red cable helps any powered subwoofer sound more realistic by minimizing any loss in the signal as it travels from your receiver to the sub. This cable features two identical solid conductors, and each conductor is a single, unbroken strand of AudioQuest's high-purity Long-Grain Copper, coated with silver. Solid conductors eliminate electrical and magnetic interference that can make multi-strand conductor cables sound brittle.

High-quality connectors eliminate the weakest link

Irish Red features RCA connectors made of gold-plated copper. The connectors are fastened by cold welding — a solder-less process that uses high pressure and silver paste to minimize signal loss. By contrast, solder tends to impede the signal, and heating the copper conductor can negatively affect its performance.

AudioQuest takes a lot of care and pride in every aspect of their cables, including their appearance. Irish Red cables come with a good-looking black-and-red braided covering for the shorter lengths (5 meters and under). Longer lengths use a smooth PVC jacket that's CL3/FT4-rated for in-wall use.

The AudioQuest Irish Red sub-woofer cable is very well put together. The main thing with sub-woofer cables is that they have to be well shielded to avert hum and distortion. This cable does that and delivers a strong signal to the Sub-woofer.

Joe, washington

What's in the Box:

  • 16.4' Mono-RCA subwoofer cable (w/ a male RCA connector and 8" ground wire on each end)

Product Highlights:

  • two silver-plated solid copper conductors for superior sound quality (silver layer is 0.5% of total conductor)
  • air-filled foamed-polyethylene insulation minimizes energy storage and its associated distortion
  • 100% coverage metal shield with AQ's Noise Dissipation System to resist RFI interference
  • cold-welded gold-plated RCA connectors for reliability and resistance to corrosion
  • built-in ground wire with spade lugs to prevent hum
  • black-and-red braided covering on lengths of 5 meters or less; 8-meter and longer lengths have a smooth PVC jacket
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

AudioQuest Irish Red Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(10 Reviews)

Does the job

Joe from washington on 2/16/2017

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The AudioQuest Irish Red sub-woofer cable is very well put together. The main thing with sub-woofer cables is that they have to be well shielded to avert hum and distortion. This cable does that and delivers a strong signal to the Sub-woofer.

Pros: Well shielded,very flexible, extra ground wires on each end if needed

Cons: None noticed

AudioQuest Irish Red

Anthony from Gaithersburg, MD on 1/29/2017

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A high quality sub cable for long runs does indeed make a difference. Great product.

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AudioQuest Irish Red

Anonymous from Urbandale, IA on 11/22/2016

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Fantastic cables!

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Earl from Hayward on 5/30/2016

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This cable reduced about 95% of the subwoofer humm. The only way I can hear a slight humm is if I turn the gain to max, I have a 15 inch Rythmik sub and max is unnecessary. I strongly recommend buying this cable.

Pros: Substantially reduced subwoofer humm

Cons: I'd be nitpicking

Irish ears are smiling

Justin from Charleston, SC on 5/29/2016

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I am running a pair of Def Tech 8040 towers, with built in subwoofers. I had an audioquest sub cable running to my old cube, and it sounded great. Now having two subs with the 8040's, I needed a new cable, and this one keeps things tight, precise, and without distortion. Over time, I have updated all my cables to audioquest. They make quality products all around. Discerning ears can certainly hear the difference.

Pros: Build quality, size, performance

Cons: Audioquest can be pricey.

Great Product

Jon from lancaster, NY on 3/13/2016

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Excellent Quality & Sound

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Cons: Expensive

Great cable!

Don from Nevada on 12/6/2015

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Like everything AudioQuest makes, this is great cable . It won't radically change the sound coming out of your subwoofers, but the sound will be slightly smoother in quality, at least better than what I was getting out of the stock cables that came with my two JBL SUB250 subwoofers.

Pros: Nice looking well made cable.

Cons: Pricey just like everything else AudioQuest sells but then, you get what you're willing to pay for when it comes to electronics.

AudioQuest Irish Red

JimK from Massachusetts on 10/30/2015

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If you buy a good subwoofer buy a quality cable.

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Rene from Washington on 4/3/2015

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Nice looking cable. Silly me! I thought I was buying a pair. Only one arrived. I will update review after I buy another one.

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AudioQuest subwoofer cable (Irish Red)

SandyU from Appling GA (near Augusta) on 8/4/2014

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Crutchfield's good service, plus AudioQuest's high quality at a reasonable price (for cable). Maye you can go wrong there, but I can't see how. Can you?

Pros: Relatively inexpensive for what it represents Welded, not soldered (longer useful life) AudioQuest: A name and a company you can trust Crutchfield gives the best price on AudioQuest I could find

Cons: Well... You could buy more expensive stuff and maybe get better sound; but have you voiced your system yet? (HINT: Voicing your system will always do more for you than upgrading yours ICs and cables.)

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Features

Solid 0.5% Silver Conductors: Solid conductors eliminate strand-interaction distortion and reduce jitter. Solid silver-plated conductors are excellent for very high-frequency applications. These signals, being such a high frequency, travel almost exclusively on the surface of the conductor. As the surface is made of high-purity silver, the performance is very close to that of a solid silver cable, but priced much closer to solid copper cable. This is an incredibly cost effective way of manufacturing very high-quality subwoofer cables.

Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation: Irish Red 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): AudioQuest's Noise-Dissipation System prevents a significant amount of RFI from reaching the equipment's ground plane.

Symmetrical Coax Geometry: Identical positive (+) and negative (-) conductors prevent the shield being used as an inferior audio conductor.

Cold-Welded Gold-Plated Plugs: This plug design allows for a connection without the use 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 instead of machinability.

Grounding: If you hear noticeable hum in your system after connecting your subwoofer, please attach the subwoofer cable's ground leads to your audio gear. Some audio equipment have a ground (GND) connection on the back-panel, if not, attach the ground spade lugs to any screw on the equipment chassis of both the source and the subwoofer. Usually, this wire will not need to be connected.

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Q & A

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Quality. [ Mark  Aug 26, 2016 ]
Sub-woofer cables need to be shielded well to prevent hum and distortion. The Irish red should do the job. I have had cheaper sub-woofer cables that had hum. You get what you pay for. [ Joe  Feb 03, 2017 ]
Top highend brand! The best of the best!! [ ISIDRO  Jan 20, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

That's how I used it. It's a pretty durable cable I just woul be careful with the ends. [ John  Dec 22, 2016 ]
Yes, the 8-meter and longer lengths of the Irish Red subwoofer cables are in-wall rated. The 5-meter and shorter lengths are not. I used the 8-meter in-wall and works great. [ MICHAEL  Dec 22, 2016 ]
This cable is not rated for in-wall installation. [ MICHAEL  Dec 22, 2016 ]
I used mine under the baseboard. If I were to put in wall or hang in ceiling I think the shielding would be sufficient. Can't tell you if it up to your city code. Good luck Dean [ DINO  Dec 21, 2016 ]
I don't see the harm in it. The cable is pretty sturdy. I run a few cables underneath my house and haven't had any problems. [ Jason  Dec 21, 2016 ]
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