Audioquest Tower Interconnect
Ratings & Reviews
by Randolph Later?a
Great performance for the price. Build quality is good and the sound is crisp and clear. Good treble and bass. A good upgrade over standard RCA cables.
These “Tower” interconnects from Audioquest are great. The cables are very flexible and pliable and the connectors fit easily, but snug enough to make a good connection. I don’t believe that spending hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars on interconnects will make enough of an audible difference to warrant the cost. (The only exception possibly being the connection from my turntable to my phono preamp where the signal level is much lower and much more susceptible to noise. For that connection I might upgrade to the “Golden Gate” interconnects.) These entry-level Tower cables do the trick for me: good enough, but not over the top. I purchased a 2m cable to replace a Monster cable that runs from the record out of my amplifier to my mixer and a 3m cable to replace a Radio Shack cable that runs from my mixer to my 24-bit, 96kHz audiophile sound card. It’s too difficult to do an A/B comparison but my impression is that the Tower interconnects provide a slightly better high frequency response, “Air”. The noise floor, as measured by my real-time analyzer, remains about the same, at about -70 dBu at 60, 120 and 1k Hz.
I find that the Tower interconnect is a very good choice for voice dialogue when used between TV’s and external sound sources. Dialogue is smooth, natural and airy. I sometimes think that optical and digital cables are too revealing and sibilant, particularly on program material that is poorly engineered at the source.