posted on Wednesday, 8th August 2012 by Steve May
QED has introduced a new speaker cable, called the 'Ruby Anniversary', to mark the brand's 40th year in the business. Launched in 1973 by Bob Abraham and Ian Vine, QED is widely credited with elevating the humble speaker cable from dull necessity to genuine hi-fi component.
Product manager Jack Fox says the design brief for the landmark launch was to create an affordable speaker cable with audiophile characteristics. "Our task was very straightforward: mark the 40th anniversary of QED's founding by designing a cable that would set new standards of sonic performance within the 'popular' price sector." He says he's "completely confident" the Ruby delivers. It sells for just £6 per metre.
The cable adopts design elements of both the brand's Genesis and X-Tube cables and combines them in a new miniature format, with the effect of reducing overall impedance to "below that which would be expected of a traditional speaker cable of the same cross-sectional area." The individual parallel conductor geometry, combined with its hollow central core, also creates low inductance, which ensures the majority of the cable's cross-sectional area is used throughout the audio spectrum.
The cable is a conventional 'figure 8' configuration and attractively finished, with each of the ten (99.999 per cent pure copper) multiple cores visible through a flexible 5.0mm diameter, clear polyethylene outer sheath. For ease of assembly and to ensure correct speaker phasing, the 'positive' cable is clearly marked and the whole is easily stripped and crimped into the recommended QED 'Airloc' loudspeaker plugs.
The launch should prove popular with integrators looking to specify a well-made branded speaker cable solution, as well as discerning mainstream enthusiasts. The Ruby Anniversary is distributed by Armour Home and will be available from September.
For more visit the official
Armour Home site.
For more on QED click here.
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