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AudioQuest Red River XLR

Balanced audio interconnect cables with XLR plugs (1 meter/3.25 feet)

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AudioQuest's Red River interconnects are a well-made, cost-effective option in the world of high-performance cables. Each cable features three solid copper conductors to virtually eliminate electrical and magnetic interference that can add brittleness to the sound.

Your gear and your ears deserve high-quality cables

AudioQuest's Red River interconnects are a well-made, cost-effective option in the world of high-performance cables. Each cable features three solid copper conductors to virtually eliminate electrical and magnetic interference that can add brittleness to the sound.

Red River's solid Long-Grain Copper delivers 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. Long-Grain Copper has fewer oxides and impurities within the conducting material, resulting in sonically superior performance.

Solid connectors

Red River's XLR plugs feature new connectors and new pins. 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 the heating of the copper conductor during soldering can negatively affect its performance.

Product Highlights:

  • 1 pair of audio interconnects with XLR terminals
  • 3 solid Long-Grain Copper conductors per cable for clean, low-distortion sound
  • stiff Nitrogen-Injected Hard-Cell Foam insulation stabilizes the position of the conductors to maintain consistent impedance over the length of the cable
  • metal-layer Noise-Dissipation System prevents RF interference from reaching the equipment's ground plane
  • 3-conductor Triple-Balanced Geometry — the separate ground conductor ensures that positive and negative signals have equally low-distortion conducting paths
  • cold-welded gold-plated XLR plugs
  • black-and-red braided jacket
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Two 3.25' XLR audio cables

AudioQuest Red River XLR Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(9 Reviews)

Pretty good cable- I think

Joe from East Amherst, NY on 6/18/2018

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I recently bought an outboard phono stage that had balanced output jacks, so I decided to try these moderately priced cables from Audioquest. I have used other Audioquest cables they are a big player in this market. Anyway, I have nothing to compare this particular set to since I never used any other cables (balanced or unbalanced) for this application. Does the sustem sound good? Yes, it does. I don't honestly know how much to attribute that to this cable. It was convenient to purchase cables that are only 1/2 meter long since I didn't need anymore.

Pros: Short length available. Not excessively expensive.

Cons: Still not cheap.

Not bad at all

Kevin from Dayton, OH on 8/12/2017

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This is the first pair of XLR cables I've owned. The main reason I purchased them is I had a lot of reward points and I was able to pay for these with my points. I immediately noticed a difference after I replaced my single-ended VDH interconnects with these. For the price I paid, I don't think I could have done better.

Pros: Improved clarity, dynamics, and depth over my old VDH single-ended cables.

Cons: None for the price I paid.

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Anonymous from Ft Worth, TX on 6/12/2017

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Looks nicely made.



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John from Kapolei, HI on 5/3/2017

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didn't think there would be any difference in sound, but was wrong XLR cables did sound better than the rca cables.

Pros: looks good improved sound

Cons: price

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WILLIAM from Long Valley, NJ on 3/10/2017

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Audioquest makes great looking cables and has amazing stories of how their magical wire makes your system sound better. My ears can't tell the difference but they sure look good.

Pros: looks great

Cons: costs a lot

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Trevor from Round Hill, VA on 2/19/2017

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High quality cable, I compared these with a cheaper xlr cable and could easily here more clarity on the low end



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Anonymous from Chino, CA on 2/7/2017

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xor,s are great your service was even better, thanks, ziggy.



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Anonymous from Magnolia, DE on 12/18/2016

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Sound great...



Great improvement

Mark from Louisville, KY on 12/9/2016

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these are the best investment in cables I've made so far. They made a huge improvement to the sound of my stereo !

Pros: None



Hands-on research

Product Research


Solid Long-Grain Copper (LGC) Conductors: Solid conductors eliminate strand-interaction distortion. Red River's solid 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.

Nitrogen-Injected Hard-Cell Foam Insulation: Nitrogen-Injected Hard-Cell Foam insulation is used exclusively in most of AudioQuest's video and digital audio cables. Similar to Foamed-PE, it is nitrogen-injected to create air pockets. "Hard" foam is used because the stiffness of the material allows the conductors in the cable to maintain the same relationship with each other along the full length of the cable, thus ensuring that the characteristic impedance of the cable is consistent.

Metal-Layer Noise-Dissipation System (NDS): 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.

Triple-Balanced Geometry: The three conductors in "Triple-Balanced" Red River cables ensure that the XLR plugs' positive and negative signals have equally low-distortion conducting paths. This 100% coverage shield is never used as an inferior conductor.

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 instead of machinability.

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

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Purchased OPPO UDP-205 as I have been an audiophile for past 45 years, at age of 16 built (in high school) a Dual (Monoblock) tube amplifier (6L6GC, each channel totally independent but mounted on same chassis). Will be feeding a Emotiva XSP-1 Preamp so needed balanced cables BUT wanted to be somewhat grounded and not spend A FORTUNE on the higher priced AudioQuest cables!!!! [ Randall  Nov 30, 2017 ]
Like AudioQuest gear, and if anything I'm looking for is sold on Crutchfield I will order it from them, great customer service and free shipping hard to beat. [ John  Apr 19, 2017 ]
WHAT I NEEDED FOR MY CD PLAYER [ robert  May 11, 2016 ]
I like the Audioquest brand of cables. I have used their HDMI cables on all of my TV and my living room surround system. When it was time to build my man cave surround system, it was only logical for me to stick with Audioquest. [ MICHAEL  Apr 18, 2016 ]
Yamaha preamp to amp yamaha aventage series 5000. [ Brian  Jan 20, 2016 ]
AudioQuest quality and price point. [ SCOTT  Jun 01, 2018 ]
I needed shielded XLR cables. [ JAMES  Apr 20, 2018 ]
Connecting OPPO disc player to Hegel amplifier. XLR connection recommended by owner's manual for disc player. No HDMI input on amplifier. [ Peter  Feb 09, 2016 ]
To hook a high resolution player (home stereo) [ joseph  Jan 20, 2016 ]
These XLR cables are used to connect two items stacked on top of each other. These were as short as I could find. [ JAMES  Apr 18, 2018 ]
Price [ Howard T.  Sep 23, 2016 ]
wanted better quality connectors. [ fenwood music  Sep 16, 2016 ]
Because my Advisor Ann, took the time to research and make an excellent recommendation based on my setup. Ann's Bio: [ JAMES  Apr 07, 2016 ]

4 questions already asked

Thanks for your question. I'm sorry no, unfortunately the AudioQuest XLR cables are only sold in pairs. [ Kenny  Jan 28, 2017 ]  Staff
Yes, you get two cables [ joseph  Mar 12, 2016 ]
You get two patch cables. If you need 6 cables, the tou need three pairs. [ Todd  Mar 11, 2016 ]
Yes, anytime you can run balanced in your audio system you should how ever it will cost considerably more for the cables though. The xlr balanced cables cancel any line noise that may be picked up from power cords, tv's ext. If you have the means to get the xlr's I? would highly recommend it. [ JASON  Nov 11, 2017 ]
Balanced interconnects use a three-wire system as opposed to unbalanced (RCA) which is a two-wire system (signal and return/ground wire). One of the three wires in a balanced cable connects the grounds of two components together, but there is no signal current flow through this wire. Contrary to the populary belief that XLR (balanced) is better than RCA, balanced is benefical only when you have a very long run. But with short runs, there is either no difference in sound quality, or the difference is that the sound is only slightly darker (reducing possible noise), and that there are no other ways the sound could be better. It's worth listening to some to see for yourself. Having said all that, I am very happy with my purchase of Audioquest Red River XLR, they are very good mid level XLR's and moderately priced. [ GEORGE  Nov 06, 2017 ]
I'm not an expert but from all that I read, I feel that it makes sense to use XLR interconnects where possible. I've been happy that I made the switch. [ KURT M  Nov 05, 2017 ]
My understanding is that balanced cables will better at isolating noise. So any time you have an option between balance/unbalanced you have an opurtunity to reduce possibility of noise. That's my thinking on it. [ JAMES M  Nov 05, 2017 ]
Brian, analog signals are very susceptible to interference. Balancing the signal as far as possible between components helps. [ Todd  Nov 05, 2017 ]
The XLR connections will always provide a cleaner signal between the pre-amp and amp. Doesn't matter what input to your pre-amp you are using. [ Guest  Nov 05, 2017 ]
Male [ robert  Jan 20, 2017 ]
Yes, the output on the source is always male and input is female. [ JASON  Jan 20, 2017 ]
Yes they are! Just a note unless your are stacking your equipment 1.6 ft is a very short run . I suggest the 1 meter length has more flexibility . hope I helped! [ Kenneth Mark  Jan 20, 2017 ]

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