TYPE 6
SPEAKER CABLES: CIRCULAR ARRAY SERIES
Solid Long-Grain
Copper (LGC)
CIRCULAR ARRAY DESIGN
Overall: 2 x 13 AWG (2.65 mm2)
2 x 20 AWG Solid Long-Grain Copper (LGC) Conductors
2 x 18 AWG Solid LGC Conductors
2 x 16 AWG Solid LGC Conductors
Charcoal or White PVC Jacket (UL CL-3 rated)
Optional Nylon Braid - Black/Gray
.425 in. (10.80 mm) O.D.
Circular Array
4 Size SST Hyperlitz
Type 6 might look like a normal round cable, but inside is a fully optimized combination of extraordinary materials and extremely
refined design.
CONDUCTORS: All six of Type 6’s 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, dirty and confused sound. Solid conductors are
the most important ingredients enabling Type 6’s very clear sound. Whether a conductor is solid or stranded, skin-effect is a prime
distortion mechanism in speaker cables. TYPE 6 very simply keeps this effect out of the audio range by using conductor sizes
that are below the threshold for audible distortion.
SST (Spread Spectrum Technology): Any single size or shape of conductor has a specific distortion profile. Even though radially
symmetrical conductors (solid round or tubular) have the fewest discontinuities, any particular size does have a sonic signature.
SST is a method for significantly reducing the awareness of these character flaws by using a precise combination of different size
conductors. SST has enabled Type 6 to be the biggest possible six conductor cable that avoids audible skin-effect.
METAL: Type 6’s LGC (Long Grain Copper) has an astonishingly smooth and pure surface. Proprietary metal processing
technology protects the wire’s surface at every stage of drawing and fabrication. When high-purity low-oxide copper is kept as
soft, pure and smooth as possible, it becomes a wonderfully low distortion conductor. For fifteen years, AudioQuest has
pioneered the use of superior metals.
All drawn metal exhibits directionality, whether in hardware store wire or in the best AQ cable. We wish we could design away this
awkwardness. Since we can’t, we pay close attention to optimizing performance by clearly marking the cables and our
terminations. Please watch for these markings when installing any audio cables.
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 affect the sound. The spiral construction of Type 6 allows for significantly better dynamic contrast and
information intelligibility than if the same conductors were run in parallel. The Circular Array geometry used in Type 6 maximizes
this advantage.
INSULATION: In a low level cable the insulating material significantly affects the cable’s performance. However, in a speaker
cable the electrical effect of insulation is almost only heard as a dry irritating sound prior to a cable being fully “run-in” …
technically “adapting to a charged state.” The term “break-in” does not apply because taking away the charge will slowly return
the cable to its “new” condition. The insulation’s mechanical (hard vs. soft) properties make an important difference in stranded
cables. The harder the better in order to minimize strand movement. Since solid conductors don’t need hard insulation, they can
take advantage of the vibration damping advantage of a softer insulation.
TERMINATIONS: AudioQuest offers a wide range of high quality connectors that allow Type 6 to be securely attached to any type
of equipment. “Quality” is in the low distortion sound, not necessarily in the “eye-candy” effect. AQ ends are either a dull looking
gold or silver because these metals are plated directly over the connector. There is no shiny and harsh sounding nickel layer
underneath. AQ spade lugs are soft because better metal is soft, and facilitates a higher quality connection. AQ spade lugs are
available in several sizes. AQ Benda-Pins fit all equipment, except pieces requiring a BFA Banana plug, in which case the AQ Crimp
BFA Banana provides unprecedented performance at a fraction the cost of those not-so-good sounding big “eye-candy” versions.
A combination of these major ingredients, and many more subtle details add up to explain how even an affordable cable like Type
6 can sound so good.
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