With the introduction of the Mythical Creatures series of speaker cables, AudioQuest has pushed significantly beyond even its own very high standards.
same team responsible for the groundbreaking new series of AudioQuest
AC power cables—AudioQuest's founder, William Low, and Director of Power
Products, Garth Powell—has created what are simply the most
transparent, get-out-of-the-way immersive speaker cables ever made. The
Mythical Creatures series—ThunderBird, FireBird, and Dragon—are
not merely an incremental evolution; their introduction represents a
category advance in speaker cable design.
Building on a solid
base of familiar AQ technologies, Garth and Bill specifically focused on
addressing one of the most vexing issues plaguing speaker cable design:
the mismatch between the amplifier’s source impedance and the speaker’s
All previous attempts to address this issue chose to move the speaker cable’s characteristic impedance to a value closer to the nominal
impedance of the speakers. All such attempts failed because a speaker’s
impedance changes with frequency, and the amplifier’s output impedance
is something else altogether.
By eliminating the Mythical Creatures
speaker cable’s characteristic impedance, current compression and
distortion of the signal (current) transient is significantly reduced.
The result is dynamic contrast, transient response, and bass slam that
are rendered seemingly without effort.
These new Mythical Creatures
ZERO speaker cables may be used in one of two ways: either as ideal
Full-Range cables, or, in combination with a dedicated BASS cable, in a
BiWire cable assembly of unparalleled performance. ThunderBird,
FireBird, and Dragon BASS cables incorporate our patented common-mode
noise-rejection technology, yielding an audibly dramatic additional
reason to BiWire when possible.
Whether AudioQuest’s new Mythical Creatures
speaker cables are used as Full-Range or BiWire, the beautiful sonic
result is the sound of your amplifier doing its job unmolested by either
current compression or radio-frequency noise.
Often, the choice between terminating your speaker cables with spade
lugs or banana plugs will come down to personal preference. AudioQuest
spades and bananas use the same base metal, the same superior plating,
and no metal-to-metal junctions, resulting in parts of equal quality.
However, the EU-compliant isolated binding posts used on some power amplifiers
often makes it difficult if not impossible to tighten spade lugs with
high torque or pressure. In these applications, the AudioQuest banana
connector is the superior choice, and may be the only choice.