AudioQuest Type 4
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High quality cable. I feel I can hear the difference in quality, especially with the UHD discs.
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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.
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.
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.
Average Customer Review(s):
High quality cable. I feel I can hear the difference in quality, especially with the UHD discs.
I was unaware how important speaker wire/connections are to the sound output of speakers. Well, it makes a huge difference! I purchased these with a [pair of Polk bookshelf speakers and every time I listen to music, it sounds like they are playing right in my living room.
Pros: clear crisp sound.
Cons: I would say the price, how ever theses a perfect example of getting what you pay for.
Awesome speaker wires. Worth the price and purchase. Save your money and buy these instead of the cheaper non-pre connector wires.
Excellent cable. Sounds are more clear and enjoyable.
Pros: Definite upgrade. Sounf is much more "live" than before with old cables.
I have been told by other audiophiles that Audioquest has sold out and they are not what they once were. Problem, is that I hear such a tremendous difference from all the other garbage out there. Perfect wire for short distance set ups and durability.
Day and night difference in audio quality compare to cheap Monoprice 100% oxygen free copper 12AWG speaker wire. Slightly harder to work with. Not as flexible/bendable , but the convenience tradeoff for higher quality audio is worth it.
Very substantial cables. The sound seems more "open" and possibly more bass. I was already using what I thought was a good cable (Monster), but I can hear a difference with these. One note: because these are "more substantial" they are not as flexible/bendable as regular speaker cable.
Pros: Better sound.
Cons: Not so flexable.
For the price, the difference was instantly noticeable and it is a great improvement. AudioQuest makes great cables. I am sure their Rocket series, etc. are even better, but the Type 4 has been their cable of choice for some time and I am thrilled with them.
Pros: An excellent step up for a moderate price.
good wires easy to use and simple hookups. I figured if you spend money on high end speakers and receiver why not the wire. it all coexist . All i known is when kids stand up in the middle of a movie and get scared because it sounds so real and they dont know why, you must of done something right. lol
Pros: easy to use plug right in clean 5 year warranty
Cons: price always price
Amazing speaker wires. Heavy duty and produce excellent sound. Better than I expected.
I purchased these cables once we moved into our new home since we now have a finished basement. All I can say is wow!!!!! I thought long and hard before purchasing but makes my klipsch towers 16 year old speakers sound amazing and clear. I almost wanted to buy new speakers but now i don't have to. It's a great investment don't cheat on wires!!
Pros: Like brand new speakers!!
Cons: Price but well worth it.
Used the AudioQuest to connect my Peachtree Nova 220 to PSB Synchrony 1b speakers. The system sounds great. Must be the cables
Pros: Well constructed
Cons: Pricey as all get out
Well I'm 61 years old, and have owned many stereo systems in my life, some good some not so good. I quite frankly am shocked by the cost of these cables. I spent well over $400.00 for a pair of speaker cables and the little cables to connect the integrated amp with the power amp! I have had complete systems for the same price as my cables. Until now, I used heavy duty speaker wire that comes on a roll, for speaker connections, and RCA type connectors for everything else and things worked just fine. But that was then, and this is now. I bought a high end Marantz system, and saw no reason the "half step" any part of it with "weak" connections. So I bit the bullet and bought the cables, in order to not ever worry I am "missing something" in the sound dept. My understanding is these cables have no loss in signal, so I guess if you want to play you gotta pay.
Pros: The look great, and they should!
Cons: Very expensive
I am not someone who knows a lot about speaker cables, but these sound great!
Pros: Ends are already on them, good quality
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.
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
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
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.
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...
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
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)
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.
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.
Excellent pair of cables. Improved quality of sound. Good construction. Easy to handle.
Impressed with the built quality. Awesome complement to my homecinema. Great sound.
Pros: Connected in 2 sec.....Great quality.
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!
great quality made a real difference to sound
The Best, Love them
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.
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.
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 :)
Great wire. Makes connections super easy with the benefits of great sound.
Pros: Easy installation!
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
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.
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.
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.
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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These were highly recommended for my speakers. [ Barbara Sep 23, 2017 ]
LOVE Audioquest!!!!!! [ GERARD Aug 26, 2017 ]
Heard this is the best cable for my system. [ Timothy Aug 25, 2017 ]
Wanted a better pair of speaker cables for my new S60 towers, have always wanted these, finally bit the bullet, we'll see if they make a difference with my Marantz setup. [ ANDREW Aug 12, 2017 ]
Upgraded cables for new speakers [ John Jul 06, 2017 ]
Reviews are great and reputation of Audio Quest name. [ Warren May 07, 2017 ]
Crutchfield have proven over the years a very reliable source of all things Audio/Video [ Erwin Mar 20, 2017 ]
I purchased the audioquest type 4 and my Goldener Triton 3's and my Superstar 50 center channel sound awesome.. I had a problem with the banana plugs and I called Crutchfield technical support and a pair of replacement cables was sent at no charge.. You guys are the best!!! [ Tsgt2007 Oct 30, 2016 ]
Purchased a similar set for my center channel speaker and the upgrade was very noticeable. Intentions are to bi-amp my Klipsch RP-260F speakers [ David Oct 30, 2016 ]
I did a lot of research and talked to multiple sales associates at multiple Best Buy locations regarding these cables to see if it is truly worth the price and every time they said these are the best cables you can buy. In every Magnolia room at the Best Buy's by my house every single cable used for all of their speakers for demo purposes are AudioQuest cables. Excellent quality in fit and finish. I highly recommend. [ Dustin May 30, 2016 ]
simple and well built way to connect your speakers [ Dustin May 21, 2016 ]
My musician brother with perfect pitch would be on my case if the sound wasn't the best [ Marilyn Apr 28, 2016 ]
First of all I completely forgot to get speaker cables for my new system. These seemed pretty nice and high quality without completely breaking the bank. Originally I thought I would need 15ft, but I think that would be overkill for my room size. I'm hoping I made the right decision on the length. Other than that, they are cables, but they do look nice. [ Christian Mar 20, 2016 ]
Kevin's recommendation [ Gary Dec 19, 2015 ]
Reasonably priced high quality speaker interconnect for McIntosh MC452 and 8 Ohm Speakers [ JOHN Jul 16, 2017 ]
To the extent these cables can minimize even nominal signal loss, then I think it makes economic sense to pair them with my spendy new 3-way tower speakers instead of the spooled wire and self-installed connectors I've been using. Can't wait to hear it all in full splendor. [ Richard Jul 29, 2016 ]
This cables are not very thick great for main front and center. I will only recommend them for surrounds if the speakers are not too far apart but in your situation, I will use AudioQuest in-wall cables. That's what I have for my surrounds and front high and it works perfect. [ Octavio M De Apr 07, 2017 ]
Dear Richard, I imagine that the Crutchfield folks would be more qualified to give you specific advice than I am. I can tell you that these cables appear to be very high quality, and are performing perfectly in my system. Conventional wisdom would suggest that you should use the same cable type and gauge across connections when possible. Hope this helps? [ Robert Apr 06, 2017 ]
Sorry, can't answer your question directly, but will say it's both a beautiful and functional speaker cable. Looks and sounds great and I believe it helped eliminate a slight humming issue I had when I initially set up my A/V system. Plus it looks as if it will last many years; built well. Enjoy. [ MICHAEL AL Aug 12, 2014 ]
I confirmed with Audioquest and they do make a in wall type 4 class 3 speaker wire. [ Tsgt2007 Aug 11, 2014 ]
I confirmed with Audioquest and they do make a in wall type 4 class 3 speaker wire. [ Tsgt2007 Aug 11, 2014 ]
made a big diff. in my two channel system over reg. 12 gauge wire . system is parasound p5 and a21 preamp and amp.speakers are focal 836w towers. mostly running lossless i tunes and cds on nad 565 . the type 4 cables made a noticeable diff. in high end and mid bass in my speakers . also using AQ cinnamon rca usb and fiber optic cables for about two years now. all seem to work with no issues. [ MICHAEL Aug 10, 2014 ]
Jose Z: I am not sure about that. You should probably ask AudioQuest, [ ROSS Aug 10, 2014 ]
I do not know what Class it is rated but I can vouch for the fact that they send 100% of the notes from my Cambridge Audio Topaz AM10 amp to the PSB Image B4 shelf speakers & produce a sound like a system costing 10x as much. [ WILLIAM A Aug 10, 2014 ]
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 Jan 08, 2014 ] Staff
I use them for mains, but did have to route them to make 90 degree turns. They are pretty flexible. [ Jeffrey Apr 05, 2017 ]
They need about 3-4" to bend comfortably to a 90 degree angle. However, they can be bent in about half that space if necessary. [ TAD Apr 03, 2017 ]
This speaker wire is not rated for in-wall use. You can find our in-wall speaker wire here: http://www.crutchfield.com/g_22112/In-wall-Speaker-Wire.html?tp=1432 [ Jeff Feb 17, 2014 ] Staff