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AudioQuest Red River, Mackenzie & Yukon XLR : Cables? It’s at Good Value!

AudioQuest River XLR Cables - 13th Note HiFi Reviews

Where does your Value Quotient lie as regards HiFi cables?….It can vary, but common threads exist within groups as to what represents value. Thats when AudioQuest River XLR Cables come in.

I was keen to ascertain if *relative* budget XLR cables could cut the mustard as well as my premium £1000 Chord Signature XLR Tuned Aray Cables, in my system. In this test I look at Red River, Mackenzie and Yukon Cables from AudioQuest.

I get an answer myself and I invite you to consider ;

  • What represents value to you?
  • The diminishing returns that exist between relative budget and premium cables in many systems, and;
  • Do you really need to spend excessively on HiFi interconnect cables?
  • The performance of these AudioQuest cables against pricier alternates.
  • The stellar performance on offer from AudioQuest considering price.

Manufacturer

AudioQuest
Web : https://www.audioquest.com/

Check out the ranges of Analogue AudioQuest Interconnects here. All the bases are covered in that there seems to be a cable for every budget.

Price

Red River XLR pair (1m) – £119
MacKenzie XLR pair (1m) – £169
Yukon XLR pair (1m) – £279

Specifications – AudioQuest River XLR Cables

Red River
  • Metal: Solid Long-Grain Copper
  • Geometry: Triple Balanced (Separate Ground-Reference Conductor)
  • Dielectric: Nitrogen-Injected Hard-Cell Foam
  • Noise-Dissipation System: Metal-Layer NDS
  • Jacket Colour: Black/Red Braid
  • Termination: Cold-Welded, Gold-Plated
Mackenzie
  • Metal: Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+)
  • Geometry: Triple Balanced (Separate Ground-Reference Conductor)
  • Dielectric: Nitrogen-Injected Hard-Cell Foam
  • Noise-Dissipation System: Carbon-Based 3-Layer Noise Dissipation System
  • Jacket Colour: Black/Brown Braid
  • Termination: Cold-Welded, Hanging-Silver directly over pure Purple Copper
Yukon
  • Metal: Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+)
  • Geometry: Triple Balanced (Separate Ground-Reference Conductor)
  • Dielectric: Polyethylene Air-Tubes
  • Noise-Dissipation System: Carbon-Based 3-Layer Noise Dissipation System
  • Jacket Colour: Black/Silver Braid
  • Termination: Cold-Welded, Hanging-Silver directly over pure Purple Copper

Test System : PMC twenty5 23, Cyrus DAC XP Signature pre amp, Cyrus Mono X200 Signature Power Amps, Innuos Zenith Mark 2 Source, Chord Qutest DAC

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Written by Simon Price

I'm an AUDIO-LOVER who likes sharing experiences of faithfully reproduced audio in a CREDIBLE, BALANCED & ENGAGING way. I’m interested in products; their looks, functionality and features, and most importantly how they sound! My reviews are not overly technical, as I believe great audio is non exclusive and to be enjoyed by all! It's all about the music!

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