KJ West One - Connoisseurs of Sound - Est. 1965
KJ West One - Connoisseurs of Sound - Est. 1965

Audioquest

AudioQuest has been the largest cable supplier to the high-end specialist market for many years. The company was formed by Bill Low in California in the early 1980 and is now available in over 60 countries worldwide.

The brand started out with a bang as soon as it was released. By the end of 1980 (its first year) AudioQuest was selling to forty-two outlets in southern California and one dealer in Denver. In January of 1981, Bill exhibited for the first time at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. A month later, AudioQuest was selling in Europe, Asia and most of the US. The rise was incredibly quick, but not a passing trend.

Over the following thirty plus years Bill has continued to refine his understanding of the mechanisms that cause distortion in cable. There has been a logical and rational progression leading up to today’s extremely coherent line of audio, video and digital cables. In 1987 Bill first published a paper he titled “Cable Design; Theory versus Empirical Reality.” Even though every cable in the AQ line has improved since that time, the basic priorities Bill laid down in 1987 have not changed. His ability to implement those priorities has evolved and surely will continue to evolve.

AudioQuest have an incredible range from hi-fi interconnects to USB to HDMI cables. If you are looking for a cable it is likely Audioquest will make it. It is unusual for a high-end manufacturer like this to have such a varied range. 

In the last 5 years Audioquest have branched out (very successfully) to products outside of their cable range. This was started with the Dragonfly USB DAC which has become one of the most popular in the industry. It is the size of a USB pen but gives an incredibly impressive sound for its sound and price. At this price range, it still hasn’t really been matched by anyone else. 

Audioquest also released ‘Nighthawk’ last year which is the company’s first folly into headphones. They did not decide to manufacture these for the sake of it (like a lot of lesser manufacturers), Audioquest felt they had enough unique innovations to really make a headphone that could stand out in a crowded marketplace. They were correct, the Nighthawks have been incredibly well received by customers and reviewers alike. 

Audioquest range