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Reviewed here are the Speaker Cables. GO-4 — 2 meter pair single wire — euro Rocket 88 — 2 meter pair single wire — euro Castle Rock — 2 meter pair single wire — euro.
The 3 cables were connected successively, so this did take some time. I am not sure if 1 week is enough for these cables, audioqeust I must say that I did not hear a whole lot of difference between the very first moment of connection and the sound 1 week later. It is said that this aucioquest actually a function of the DBS system. In any event the biggest difference was in the amplifier warming up during the first hour.
Amplifier used was a Devialetwhich is handy because it is a streaming rockrt, DAC, preamp and power amp all in one.
The Castle Rock was provided with silver plated connectors. This is a very audioquset finished cable aufioquest the familiar warm and understated Audioquest braid, excellent spade connectors with stylish housings and first grade splitter ends. To my surprise it also sounded very good right from the start. The GO-4 uses solid core conductors, and true to earlier experiences, this translates into a solid, upbeat bass and a lifelike midrange.
Lastly timbre was spot on: Even cold from the box, all the AudioQuest cables simply refused to sound harsh or shrill. I have heard many cables in this price range and well above, and I can honestly say that the GO-4 would not only be the perfect level-up cable to start with, it wudioquest so good that there is no hankering for more, unless one starts comparing cables directly.
The Rocket 88 is the top level cable it its series. Also the 88 has bass to die for. Midrange was even more tangible, most noticeable with piano audioquewt was way more real than with the GO Here I was thinking that the GO-4 could be my next default go-to cable for this setup.
The Rocket 88 does have a darker balance than the GO-4, and is definitely drier.
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It also seems to be less spacious, but the cable does offer plenty of detail throughout the frequency spectrum. The Devialet is more refined and airy for sure and it has excellent bass, but the Accuphase was simply fuller and more sonorous in that area, and the Rocket 88 seemed to give me the best of both worlds.
I think it is best described as a lack of free-flowing music, audioqiest inability to really reach out lyrically and sing. In order to be sure of this effect, I repeated tests auudioquest several friends and with a length of time in between sessions. The end result is the same: Castle Rock is the entry level cable in its series. No intermediary performance-degrading materials such as nickel or alloy are used. But as more often happens, the devil is in the details, and as it would turn out the Castle Rock really is in another audiouqest compared to the 2 cables listened to before it.
Like the Rocket 88, the Castle Rock provides rock-solid, deep and powerful bass. This cable simply sounds perfect in pitch and tempo: Soundstage is definitely wider than with the Rocket 88, and contrary to the latter, the Castle Rock easily fills the room with an enveloping sound aura and music flows freely from the speakers.
Piano and percussive instruments sound ever so lifelike, and very LIVE. As I was happy to note, the Castle Rock also improves on the Rocket 88 in terms of treble air and -flow and even if its solid core nature will not make the cable sound like the airiest of competing litze designs, its balance is just what the doctor ordered for this setup. More importantly, litze designs are not normally capable of delivering this level of solidity or the well-grounded lifelike quality that the Castle Rock is capable of.
Lastly, I mentioned in the Rocket 88 alinea how the cable made me feel like the Devialet had attained part of the Accuphase E bass, and luckily this also goes for the Castle Rock. These days it seems that many audio companies are improving their products toward a common goal: I think I can safely summarise the current AudioQuest house sound, for loudspeaker cables at least, as being solid, natural and powerful, with a full tonality and a refreshing lack of treble brightness.
The reason the Rocket 88 sounded darker and drier is because it is terminated with gold. I have a silver terminated Rocket 88 and it sounds exactly how you explain it with the Castle Rock. Dryness, however, is not a trait that I associate with a gold plating.
Rather I think this is caused by its internal configuration. Thanks for your elaborate insight in the Audioquest cables. What appeals to me very much is your analysis of the Castle Rock cables being very lifelike, with an enveloping auro that fills the room.
In that respect I was investigating the dearer models in the sames series of the Castle Rock: The K2 has a solid silver core and my question is wether one can say in general what the characteristics are of solid silver and solid copper cables? That said, the base material does have an influence of course, especially when using plated materials.
Pure copper vs pure silver is not a clear cut case. The latter can sound more detailed and open but copper tends to sound warmer and more colourful.
Silver can absolutely also sound very fluid and smooth. It depends on the geometry, material mix and plating. Yes Supreme, or the Hi End. I did not have the two in house at the same time so could not make direct comparisons, but I have a feeling that the Hi End is a little extra smooth and the Supreme is a little more accurate.
Both are musical and should be good options. Thank you for your feedback. I find the detail, focus and transparency if the CR too much of a good thing. Does that sound like Ricable? Detail need not necessarily be presented in a forward manner.
In other words, there are also cables that are highly detailed but without being hard in the midrange. Most of them are more expensive than the AudioQuest. Whether the Ricable is the better cable for you I cannot say for certain, but it is indeed gentler, and you may well find it to be more musical indeed.
Note that I reviewed two versions Ricable, one smoother and the other more precise. You may want to try the smoother one first. I like a speaker cable that is even across the whole frequency range, full bodied, relaxed, a bit on the warmer side.
Would the Ricable Supreme speaker cable be a good candidate? Thanks for your advice. The CR is a very detailed and articulate sounding cable that avoids the tonal blandness that often occurs with very detailed sounding cables.
AudioQuest GO4, Rocket 88 & Castle Rock Speaker Cables
After having had the cable in my system for a longer time however I also find that it can be a little too powerful in the midrange, at least in the context of some systems. I imagine auddioquest the cable would work very auudioquest when combined with many English speaker brands that have a warm, smooth midrange. I think rodket may need to look further, and for your system and taste perhaps avoid solid core cables and go with stranded ones.
Usually, all circumstances being equal, the more and the finer the strands, the smoother aufioquest sound. Thank you for this wonderful review! I would appreciate your opinion regarding the GO-4 vs. The Van den Hul Skyline Hybrid. Skyline Hybrid is a different price category and has a completely different sound. Most obvious difference is in the frequency balance where the vDH is tilted towards the treble and the Go-4 is titled toward the bass.
Both cables sound quite transparent to me despite the obvious tonal differences. The Go-4 is the more audiophile choice with more natural timbre, sharper transients, more articulate bass and better focusing.
The vdH however has more open treble and sounds more fluid and audioquezt, and has lighter, less solid bass. Dank voor deze review! Ik was al langer aan het nadenken over een nieuwe speakerkabel en op basis van jouw positieve geluiden over de Castle Rock heb ik een demo daarvan aangevraagd.
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Rocket 88 The Rocket 88 is the top rociet cable it its series. Castle Rock Castle Rock is the entry level cable in its series. Conclusion These days it seems that many audio companies are improving their products toward a common goal: Roosendaal, The Netherlands Telephone: Previous Wadia CD player.
Christiaan Punter Owner of Hifi-Advice. Hi Christiaan, Thanks for your elaborate insight in the Audioquest cables. I was thinking of the Ricable Supreme speaker cable. Is that the one you mean? Your comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.