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AudioQuest Golden Gate

Stereo interconnect cable with RCA plugs (1 meter/3.3 feet)

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Overview

Our take on the AudioQuest Golden Gate

AudioQuest bases its cable designs on real-world testing — lots of experimenting, listening, and tweaking. With its Golden Gate cables, AudioQuest has hit a "sweet spot" that puts high-end performance within the price range of many music lovers. These cables bring together some of AQ's most advanced designs and materials, for excellent sound quality from a single joined cable that's relatively thin and lightweight.

AudioQuest bases its cable designs on real-world testing — lots of experimenting, listening, and tweaking. With its Golden Gate cables, AudioQuest has hit a "sweet spot" that puts high-end performance within the price range of many music lovers. These cables bring together some of AQ's most advanced designs and materials, for excellent sound quality from a single joined cable that's relatively thin and lightweight.

Solid Perfect Surface Copper (PSC) conductors

One of the most important materials that goes into an audio cable is the metal used for its conductors — the parts of the cable that actually carry the signal. The Golden Gate's conductors are made from a material called "Perfect-Surface Copper." It's a breakthrough cable technology that can translate into a not-so-subtle improvement sound quality, compared to lesser conductor materials. The conductor's solid (rather than stranded) metal composition and astonishingly smooth surface allow for optimal signal transfer with a minimum of distortion.

Advanced cable geometry

While many cables use a single path for both the ground and shield, AudioQuest uses a design they call "double-balanced asymmetrical geometry." This design separates the ground and shield paths for clean, quiet performance.

Cold-welded, gold-plated connectors

All the details of the cable's construction are well thought-out. For instance, the Golden Gate's connectors are cold-welded, rather than soldered, which eliminates a common source of distortion found in many other audio cables.

This cable is equipped with dual RCA connectors at each end. Mini-to-mini and mini-to-RCA versions are also available.

Product Highlights:

  • length: 1 meter/3.3 feet
  • stereo cable with dual RCA connectors at each end
  • solid Perfect Surface Copper (PSC) conductors for excellent performance
  • foamed polyethylene insulation for low distortion
  • metal-layer NDS (Noise Dissipation System) shields against RF interference
  • double-balanced asymmetrical cable geometry separates the ground and shield for quieter performance
  • black and red braided jacket
  • cold-welded, gold-plated RCA plugs feature a solder-less design for lower distortion
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 1-Meter stereo RCA cable

nice nice nice did away with grounding on these new connectors

david, Darlington, MD

Reviews

AudioQuest Golden Gate Reviews

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(33 Reviews)

AudioQuest Golden Gate

Anonymous from San Diego, CA on 4/24/2018

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Need better identification for left and right plugs and thin cables.

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AudioQuest Golden Gate

david from Darlington, MD on 7/31/2017

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nice nice nice did away with grounding on these new connectors

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A whole lotta bang for your buck!

Bob from Frederick, MD on 7/2/2017

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The Audio Quest Golden Gate cable knocked my socks off. The sound quality of my Sony Home Theater system improved by 100% Very satisfied with them and I would highly recommend AQ Golden Gate.

Pros: Improves sound quality 100-125%

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Great cable!

Steve D. from Aldie, VA on 4/22/2016

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I purchased two of these Golden Gate 1M RCA male-to-male cables and one 1M RCA male-to-male Big Sur (next step up from the Golden Gate). I'm using all three to connect Logitech Squeezebox digital music players to various receivers in different rooms. The Squeezebox has a very high end Burr-Brown DAC built right in, so I prefer using analog cables rather than rely on a receiver's DAC. The music input source is uncompressed WAV CD rips streamed from a NAS server in the basement with in-wall CAT6 transmission all the way. This is a fine little cable. It's very thin, flexible, and low-key. It clips on nice and tight. Sound quality is excellent. For all applications I was replacing 15-year-old Monster cables that were huge and bulky. Some people say they can't hear a difference between cable types, but some people also say they can't tell the difference between a WAV and a compressed MP3. I figure if I'm dropping several thousand on high-end audio, the least I can do is make sure my analog cables are high quality. Digital cables probably don't matter, but analog RCA does. I put the more expensive Big Sur in our main family room system (Yamaha receiver, Definitive Technology speakers) and the Golden Gates in the basement (Yamaha receiver / Bose and Klipsch speakers) and master bedroom (powered Mackie studio monitors).

Pros: Great sound Reasonable price Small, compact, single-line

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Not the like the old days

JohnL from California on 2/21/2015

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I have had Audioquest cables for many years. Always great connectors. My first edition of "Diamondback" cables had excellent connectors. Later editions were just fine. These "Golden Gates" cables have very poor connectors ( at least for Marantz equip.). They are like vice-grips. Afraid they are going to pull out my inputs. The slender barrel type connectors were the best. This is all thru experience.

Pros: Pretty.

Cons: Poor engineering cable connectors.

AudioQuest Golden Gate

Dave F. from Douglasville,GA on 4/2/2014

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An excellent innerconnect cable, clear, nice highs, and no boominess. The low notes were clean and with a hint of warmth.

Pros: Excellent price, clear highs. Nicley detailed for cds

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Great product

Tom from Waxhaw, NC on 2/8/2014

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Not only do they look great, but have a solid feel to them and are definitely an upgrade over standard cables.

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Best investment for the money

jessea from Reedsburg, WI on 1/17/2014

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The Audioquest Golden Gate cables are the best improvement you can make to your stereo or surround system. The difference between these and the old Nacamichi cables are like night and day. The sound quality is outstanding. It brings out the sound you never thought was there. They give you a great bang for the buck.

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Not Worth Money

JohnM from West Milford NJ on 11/25/2013

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This review is NOT towards crutchfield,Crutchfield shipped this very quickly and I received it within 2 days after I ordered it so 2 thumbs up for crutchfield and there team for great service...Now for audioquest,ive been a audioquest buyer and fan since the late 1990's until I changed over to monster cable due to cost so I decided to try out the new line of audioquest cables without going to a local retailer and looking at them up front.needless to say they DOWN GRADED the quality of there cables,these cables and other cables are thinner and they used CHEAPER rca connectors on them as compared to the older stuff (sidewinder,copperheads,topaz,etc).im very disappointed in the quality audioquest has put out recently in my opinion these cables are worth 25 bucks they down graded the quality but not the price,audioquest should continue like they had in the past and give the costumer what they paid for.im better off sticking with the monster cables they are thicker and have a way better rca connector on them for half the price,i have not hooked up the golden gates yet im deciding weather to send them back or keep them.again they are expensive cable compared to monster cables and monster cables givew you more for the money not like audioquest.

Pros: none

Cons: cable is thinner than older models,rca connectors are cheap,way over priced.

Your eyes will tell you all you need to know

JT Mann from King Of Prussia, PA on 5/25/2013

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Just look at the build quality of these cables. Install them, then your ears will verify what your eyes have told you.

Pros: Superior build quality = incredible sound.

Cons: None

Braided cables

Rich from Oregon on 3/24/2013

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Cables are easy to handle. The braiding helps with grip and control while installing. I do not hear the 60hz hiss that I hear with cheaper cables.

Pros: Shielding does work

Cons: One small white arrow to mark the white cable, hard to see when cramped trying to install multiple cables in a tight spot.

audioquest GoldenGate cables

Anonymous from Newburgh,ny on 3/20/2013

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I got the 3' length which is all i needed going from the cd player to the amp. The cables are very high quality and well worth the money. Its a shame they are in the back and can't be displayed as they are so nice looking.

Pros: Solid well made. Well shielded to transfer the sound without noise or interference. Nice to look at.

Cons: None at this time.

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Features

Golden Gate Series Stereo RCA Cable: The AudioQuest Golden Gate stereo RCA cable is terminated by a gold-plated male stereo RCA connectors on each end. The AudioQuest Golden Gate stereo RCA cable is available in the following lengths.

  • 0.6 meter (2')
  • 1 meter (3' 4")
  • 2 meter (6' 7")
  • 3 meter (10')
  • 5 meter (16' 5")
  • 8 meter (26' 3")

Solid Perfect-Surface Copper Conductors (PSC): Perfect-Surface 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. Electrical and magnetic interaction between strands in a conventional cable is the greatest source of distortion, often causing a somewhat dirty, harsh sound. Solid conductors are fundamental toward achieving Golden Gate's very clean sound

Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation: Any solid material adjacent to a conductor is actually part of an imperfect circuit. Wire insulation and circuit board materials all absorb energy (loss). Some of this energy is stored and then released as distortion. Golden Gate 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): 100% shield coverage is easy; 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.

Double-Balanced Asymmetrical Geometry: Purposely designed for single-ended applications, Double-Balanced Asymmetrical Geometry offers a relatively lower impedance on the ground for a richer, and more dynamic experience. While many single-ended cable designs use a single path for both the ground and the shield, Double-Balanced designs separate the two for cleaner, quieter performance.

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.

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

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