Dynamics are strong and detail levels high, but most of all this is a cohesive, unforced cable that lets the music flow.
Silver Anniversary-XT has been specifically designed as the natural replacement for the multi-award winning Silver Anniversary speaker cable.
Designed with performance in mind, the Silver Anniversary-XT speaker cable boasts all of the characteristics associated with Silver Anniversary but with the added enhancement of the Aircore technology found in the prestigious X-Tube series.
WHAT HI-FI AWARDS'05 *****
One of the big problems as cable conductor size increases, is how to keep the inductance low. This is vital to reduce cable losses and prevent inaccuracies in the signal transfer process, i.e. distortion. The normal way to do this is to use a number of individually insulated conductors within the cable construction. This method is utilised to great effect in the design of our Genesis Silver Spiral loudspeaker cables. However, this results in a product that has a very high quality sound performance, but is expensive to manufacture and can be difficult to terminate.
To take advantage of this design ethos, but in a more conventional format, X-TUBE forms the conductor in the shape of a tube with an inner aircore. This has the same effect as using multiple insulated conductors and ensures that high frequencies are transmitted cleanly, with the added benefit of ease of termination. This unique tubular conductor geometry also provides lower flux density within the conductors, which gives improved transparency to the sound.
To perform as the designer intended, the cable needs to have the very best termination, as sound quality can be adversely affected by using inferior connectors.
A solder-free, airtight perfect fusion between the two metals of cable and plug. This 'cold weld' method allows the cable and plug to offer the optimum signal transfer and therefore, better sound quality. It also reduces contact resistance and ensures perfect long-term performance.
Even more, a heat shrink will be covered in between the cable and the plug to offer less oxidation.
"The Silver Anniversary XT is an excellent, revealing cable that's discreet enough to hide in your living room, but upfront enough to bring every last ounce of information bounding from your speakers. Composed, well-organised and with dynamicability to spare, the XT will bring your mid-price amp and speakers to life".
WHAT HI-FI AWARDS'06 *****
"What a great speaker cable this is. This is the XT's second Product of the Year Award, and it's richly deserved. No rivals can match the QED for resolution and transparency, and it's priced sensibly, too, as well as being balanced enough to suit a wide range of systems. Well done, QED!"
WHAT HI-FI AWARDS'07 *****
Product of the Year", "Best Speaker Cable", "A hat-trick of wins for the Silver Anniversary XT - still nothing else at this price sounds as superbly balanced and detailed. A great upgrade for anything from micro systems to mid-range separates."
WHAT HI-FI July'08 *****
"Take an Award-winning speaker cable. Double up on the connectors to make it biwire, and the result is this version of QED's Silver Anniversary XT. Does it sound good? You bet.", "This is a great cable and a clear class-leader. Well done QED...again!"
HI-FI CHOICE BRONZE AWARD 2007
"The Silver Anniversary XT is an effective upgrade option for ageing systems or if you want to move up from the cheap wires you got free from the dealer."
2 x 1.88mm2 conductor cross sectional area
Easy strip Polyethylene outer jacket
Low resistance, low capacitance and low inductance
Compressible Teflon Aircore™ for ease of termination
Terminated with 24K Gold Plated Banana Plugs (Optional)
Unique SPOFC triple braid 5 x 16 x 0.1mm