AudioQuest Irish Red
Subwoofer cable (5 meters/16.4 feet)
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Our take on the AudioQuest Irish Red by Crutchfield's Steve Kindig
Want bass clarity and impact? Here you go.
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.
- 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
What's in the Box:
- 16.4' Mono-RCA subwoofer cable (w/ a male RCA connector and 8" ground wire on each end)
Met expectations for product quality. The cable was thinner and less bulky than expected, judging by the appearance on the website photos, which facilitated installation while still delivering the good performance.
Alex, Tampa, FL
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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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Why did you buy this?
Quality. [ Mark Aug 26, 2016 ]
its what I needed [ jose Jul 26, 2018 ]
Needed it for the subwoofer i just purchased and its reviews are extremely high. Quality seems to also be top knotch. [ John May 16, 2018 ]
Bought them for another home theater setup. Impressed with sound improvement over old Monster THX Cert cables. [ James Apr 24, 2018 ]
Hopefully a better way to connect to my SW. [ Nick Apr 13, 2018 ]
Brand is known for making great products. I expect nothing but the best results from this item, especially for being used with such a great subwoofer as the SVS Ultra [ RODOLFO E Sep 21, 2017 ]
Recommended by my adviser, Zac. [ EddieMac Jun 14, 2017 ]
I purchased Cambridge speakers and amplifier. Both these more than met my expectations. Also the small sized of the subwoofer was appealing. [ John Jun 09, 2017 ]
good balance of price and quality [ Edward Jul 20, 2018 ]
Good Speakers deserve good cables [ Edward Jul 14, 2018 ]
Quality sound [ GREG May 27, 2018 ]
Improvement in sound depth and clarity over old Monster THX Cert cables. [ James Apr 24, 2018 ]
quality of the product and honest, knowledgeable customer service [ ROBERT A Feb 13, 2018 ]
Recommended [ Nathan Jan 22, 2018 ]
Quality 1st, 10' is sufficient. [ Douglas Nov 25, 2017 ]
Highly recommended [ Timothy Sep 03, 2017 ]
Previous experience with Audioquest cables. [ John Jul 06, 2017 ]
To get the best sound from my subwoofer [ Jose Aug 16, 2017 ]
Don't want to risk performance. Need length for placement optionality [ Edward Jun 18, 2017 ]
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 ]
The reviews made it sound like this cable is just what I need. [ R Mar 10, 2018 ]
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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