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Megatest speaker cables – 32 cables listened to and measured!

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Audioquest

Normal Audioquest cables

Cable Rocket 11, Rocket 88 and SLP 14/4
Balance bass, mids and treble Rocket 11: emphasis is on the low end. Lacks some sparkle.

Rocket 88: emphasis is on the mids. But mid-bass is also nice and balanced.

SLP 14/4: Rich in sound. However, balance is a bit weird.

Vocals and instruments Rocket 11: Warmer glow. Lots of body.

Rocket 88: Lots of texture audible. Very good intelligibility.

SLP 14/4: Slightly metallic. Lots of detail and clear vocals.

Stereo image Rocket 11: Wide and tightly delineated.

Rocket 88: Lots of depth. Placement is clear. However, the recording space you don’t feel,.

SLP 14/4: Wide, but less stable. Sometimes spots don’t seem to match either.

Rhythm Rocket 11: In order, but not super pointed.

Rocket 88: Lightfooted, good flow and pleasant rhythm.

SLP 14/4: Fine. Nothing to say.

Overall Rocket 11: Romantic sound. Great cable to tame a fresh sounding system.

Rocket 88: Pleasant cable that adds power to vocals. Drama is palpable.

SLP 14/4: Fine, open sounding cable. Balance is a bit goofy though. Must be your thing.

Material and construction Rocket 11: LGC conductor, semi solid core.

Rocket 88: Solid core, PSC

SLP 14/4: LGC conductor, semi solid core.

Price Rocket 11: 419 Euro, Rocket 88: 1479 Euro, SLP 14/4: 84 Euro

Audioquest ZERO-Tech cables

Cable Robin Hood, William Tell and Firebird
Balance low, mid and high Robin Hood: Very nice midrange. Soft overall sound. Pleasant. Bass could be a bit rounder.

William Tell: Very nice overall sound. Soft, but pleasant. Bass may be a little rounder.

Firebird: Light and open sound. Emphasis on the melody.

Tone of vocals and instruments Robin Hood: Lifelike. Very good layering. Lots of insight.

William Tell: Lightheartedness. Light sound. Nice richness in the piano.

Firebird: Friendly and harmonious. Brass is beautiful. Piano attack a bit muted at times.

Stereo image Robin Hood: Lots of depth and space. Ambiance lacks a bit.

William Tell: Bubble. Big and insightful. Ambiance lacks a bit.

Firebird: ‘first balcony’ experience. You are there. Ambiance lacks bit, but very layered and in proportion.

Rhythm Robin Hood: Fine rhythm, good pacing. Dynamically well in order.

William Tell: Feels fast. Long reverb.

Firebird: Fine all in good order. Excellent balance.

Overall Robin Hood: good for vocal work. Soft touch. Lighthearted. Ambiance could be better.

William Tell: fast, airy cable. Lots of depth and layering.

Firebird: Open and light. Little coloration. Transients a bit soft. But a very good all-rounder.

Material and construction Robin Hood: PSC , solid core (copper)

William Tell: PSC , solid core (copper)

Firebird: PSS and PSC , solid core (copper and silver)

Price Robin Hood: 2299 Euro, William Tell: 3899 Euro, Firebird Zero: 22,099 Euro

Measurements Audioquest

LCR Measurements Audioquest

Propagation variation

Firebird Zero

William Tell Zero

Robin Hood Zero

Rocket 88

Rocket 11

SLP 14/4

Bodeplot response measurements Audioquest

Response on the spectrum analyzer

Measurements on a speaker

Audioquest VS Supra Classic

Noise measurements

Type test
Multitest
Tested price class
Price cheapest product: €1
Price most expensive product: €21000
Production country
Varies

Winkels met Audioquest

Sint-Antoniusstraat 15
2300 Turnhout, BE
Joseph Bensstraat 21
1180 Ukkel, BE
Pleinweg 136
3083 EP Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, NL
Hooikade 13
2627 Delft, Zuid Holland, NL
Bredabaan 1031
B-2930 Brasschaat, BE
Pelikaanstraat 126
2018 Antwerpen, BE
Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
Grotestraat 23
5931 CS Tegelen, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Geldropseweg 105
5611 SE Eindhoven, NL
Breestraat 146-148
2311CX Leiden, Zuid Holland, NL
Korte Jansstraat 11
3512GM Utrecht, NL
Korevaarstraat 2 e-f
2311 JS Leiden, NL
Koningsstraat 35
2011TC Haarlem, Noord Holland, NL
Theresiastraat 151 - 157
2593 AG Den Haag, Noord Holland, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL

Winkels met Chord Company

Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Hermesweg 2
3741 GP Baarn, Utrecht, NL
Korevaarstraat 2 e-f
2311 JS Leiden, NL
Koningsstraat 35
2011TC Haarlem, Noord Holland, NL
Steenstraat 54
6828 CM Arnhem, Gelderland, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL
Rietlaan 4
3851 PA Ermelo, NL

Winkels met Driade

Cort van der Lindelaan 11
9722 LP Groningen, NL
Fleminglaan
2289 CP Rijswijk, NL
Steenstraat 54
6828 CM Arnhem, Gelderland, NL

Winkels met Dyrholm

Rietlaan 4
3851 PA Ermelo, NL

Winkels met Kimber

Rietlaan 4
3851 PA Ermelo, NL

Winkels met Ricable

Sikkel 40 F
3274 KK Heinenoord, NL

Winkels met Supra

Pleinweg 136
3083 EP Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, NL
Hooikade 13
2627 Delft, Zuid Holland, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Breestraat 146-148
2311CX Leiden, Zuid Holland, NL
Korevaarstraat 2 e-f
2311 JS Leiden, NL
Steenstraat 54
6828 CM Arnhem, Gelderland, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL

Winkels met Van den Hul

Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
Parkweg 23
8084GG 't Harde, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Breestraat 146-148
2311CX Leiden, Zuid Holland, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL
Rietlaan 4
3851 PA Ermelo, NL

12 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Jaap, that is a really nice test with lots of information, thanks for that! Would it be possible to have it all into one table for a good overview, instead having to scroll through the individual pages? May be too much to ask 🙂
    Keep up the awesome work!

  2. Standard cable of 2.5mm2… I am using 16mm2 “standard wire”, 3m long. Very low resistance. That ticks one box. I guess I can theoretically calculate the inductance and capacitance. Wonder if these are of significant consequence at 20kHz. Maybe I can twist the cable to reduce the inductance if it has some impact.

  3. This is beyond – need to study it – not just read, to understand.
    Thanks for including the “peasant” installation cable AudioQuest 14/4 – I use the more expensive version XTRM 14/4. My question is – how did you terminate the cable and in what configuration? I have it terminated with nakamichi bananas and connected in a star-quad configuration.
    Martin

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