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    QED XT40 Speaker Cable
    SKU: QE1340

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    XT40 celebrates QED's 40 years of award winning British heritage.

    Awarded by What HI-FI? Magazine; this 'Five Star' pure copper loudspeaker cable boasts QED's advanced X-TubeTM technology and a massive 4mm2 cross sectional area. This results in a cable that delivers clear sonic advantages over conventional cable designs by maintaining a flat frequency response within the audio band.

    QED are so confident about the performance of the new XT40, they urge enthusiasts to audition and compare it, not only to their favourite cable but also to alternative models at any price.

    X-TUBE™ TECHNOLOGY

    At low frequencies both X-TubeTM and conventional stranded/solid core speaker cables convey signals in a linear way. However, at high frequencies, X-TubeTM retains a near-linear signal transfer, whereas the conventional cable fails to conduct uniformly across the entire conductor area. The result is that X-TubeTM delivers greater detail and fidelity across the audio spectrum which would other wise be lost in ordinary cables.

    In standard speaker cables at high frequencies current flow is highest at the periphery with rapidly deteriorating current density towards the centre of the conductor.

    The effect of this is to reduce the actual cross sectional area of the cable at 15kHz to less than 75% of that at low frequencies. This results in higher distortion and compromises the performance of the cable.

    X-TubeTM with polycore technology exhibits much lower self-inductance and is therefore less affected by this problem. The polycore technology reduces loop inductance to levels only achievable using more costly and difficult to terminate cables.

    The result is more high frequency detail, less distortion and greater performance.

    LARGE 4mm2 cross sectional area

    The 4mm2 cross sectional area means XT40 exhibits very low resistance, allowing amplifiers to exert outstanding control over the speakers they are driving. In addition, its large cross sectional area makes it suitable for long cable runs.

    "The XT40 builds on the British company’s XT range, and consists of sturdy plugs at either end of a strong, yet pliable jacket. Looks don’t necessarily reflect its price, but not to worry – performance more than makes up for that.

    Our reference system sounds lavishly detailed with the XT40 cable wired in: its delivery is transparent and beautifully balanced. With The Smiths' Well I Wonder, it picks out the subtle difference between the acoustic guitars."
    BEST SPEAKER CABLE - WHAT HI-FI SOUND & VISION AWARDS 2014

    “The QED XT40 is a special cable – detailed, balanced and authoritative, and we think it’s worth every penny. Go treat your system". What Hi-Fi Sound & Vision October 2014

    The QED XT40 connects your Amplifier to your speakers.

    • QED XT40 Speaker Cable

    • Please note, you need to enter a quantity of 2 for a pair

    • 1 x 24 x 10/0.146mm 99.999% OFC closely woven braid wound round a hollow LDPE filler rod 2.8mm in diameter with a 100% coverage copper tape wrap in between; a paper wrap and pearl white finish PVC jacket comprise the cable dielectric

    • Capacitance 59.0 pF/m, Loop Inductance 0.46 μH/m, Loop resistance 8.0 mΩ

    • Dissipation Factor@10 kHz: 0.0576

    • Nominal outside diameter 6.0 mm

    • For best results it should be used in conjunction with QED Airloc™ Forte banana plugs

    • Lifetime UK Warranty

    • SAME DAY DISPATCH BY FIRST CLASS POST (If ordered before 4.30pm Mon to Fri)


    X-TUBE™ WITH AIRCORE™ TECHNOLOGY – HOW IT WORKS.


    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.

    THE SIGNAL

    1.) At low frequencies both X-TUBE™ and conventional stranded/solid core speaker cable convey signals in a linear way. This is represented by the uniform green colour of the strands shown in the two diagrams above.

    2.) At higher frequencies X-TUBE retains a near-linear signal transfer, whereas the conventional stranded/solid core cable fails to efficiently conduct higher frequencies uniformly across the entire conductor area. The diagram shows excess current density at the periphery (designated in red) and rapidly deteriorating current density (green through to white) towards the centre of the conductor.

    The effect of this is to reduce the actual cross-sectional area of the cable at 15kHz to less than 75% of that at low frequencies. The result is induced distortion and a compromise in the performance of the cable.

    X-TUBE with Aircore™ technology exhibits much lower self-inductance and is therefore less affected by this problem. The use of an innovative Polyethylene aircore enables a reduction in loop inductance to levels only usually achievable by using more costly and difficult to terminate cables.

    TERMINATION

    We can terminate your cable with QED's superb 24 Carat gold plated AIRLOC termination plugs. AIRLOC is QED's specialised loudspeaker termination method and offers the very best termination with QED speaker cables. This is a solder-free, airtight fusion between the cable and plug and offers optimum signal transfer, excellent signal quality and perfect long-term performance.




    FREE CABLE BURN-IN SERVICE OPTION USING THE NORDOST VIDAR MACHINE WHEN YOU PURCHASE THIS CABLE FROM FUTURESHOP.CO.UK

    We are pleased to offer a free cable burn-in service for this cable when purchased through us. The Nordost VIDAR cable burn-in machine combines three different functions all in one operation:

    • It neutralises charges that build up around the cables and the insulation

    • It provides a very wide band and deep conditioning into the conductor core, which produces changes in the way signals pass through the metal.

    • It ultrasonically conditions the surface of the conductors.


    • The VIDAR uses a proprietary combination of composite and complex signals to condition the cables. Parts of the signal oscillate at ultra-low frequencies, while other parts are in ultra-high ranges which extend beyond the range of video frequencies. The signal bounces in a ping-ping ball-like fashion from one end of the cable to the other. During the burn-in process, ultra-low frequencies penetrate deep into the core of the cable. The ultra-high frequencies zip along the surface. This method of signal transmission a set up beat harmonics, or heterodynes, between the two complex waveforms. In the digital domain, this would be referred to as aliasing products. These beat frequencies penetrate all layers of the cable.

      The design of the circuitry also has a unique feature which drives electrons above the conductor into the dielectric (or insulation) area. The VIDAR not only sends ping pong signals along the cable, it also sends a similar signal from the centre core to the outer shield in the case of interconnect cables. This function neutralises the electrical charges discussed above.

      So what does that all mean to me?
      The end result of conditioning cables with the Nordost VIDAR is improved sound staging, increased detail, and an overall more musical presentation.

      READ MORE ABOUT THE NORDOST VIDAR CABLE TREATMENT

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      HOW TO ORDER

      Simply select the length of cable, the type of plug and the termination required (one end or both ends) from the drop-down menus above and click on the 'Buy' button to add the item to your basket. Your cable will be dispatched within 24 hours subject to Future Shop Terms & Conditions.

      WHY CHOOSE QED AIRLOC FORTE

      When AIRLOC Forte plugs are fitted to a cable they are subjected to such high pressure they undergo a process called 'cold welding' which transforms the plug and cable into one solid piece of metal.

      The graph below shows that when full pressure is reached, resistance is at a minimum. In addition, because all the air has been removed, there will be no degradation of sonic performance caused by oxidisation of the contact area, for the whole lifetime of your cable.



      NEW QED AIRLOC Forte plugs enable optimum performance and maintain signal integrity between amplifier and speaker.

      QED speaker cables only use 99.999% oxygen free copper, in many cases enhanced by silver plating.

      In Order to maintain channel tonal balance and minimise speaker cable resistance you should make sure your cables are of equal length.

    Product Summary

    Product:  QED XT40 Speaker Cable
    Model:  QE1340
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    Average Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
    Based on 69 ratings from 69 reviews.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
    Submitted By: on
    Since im ordering from the philippines, i just got the speaker wire after it was shipped 22 days ago so five stars for that considering the distance and the country. The item came in a small padded pouch, i was concerned for any damage it took from being squashed during shipment but testing the wire now clearly theres no damage. So for anyone from the philippines considering ordering from futureshop id say go for it. I wont talk about the speaker wire anymore since many people have review that already plus i just got wire so i cant comment on it yet.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Submitted By: on
    I did pick this along with QED Performance Audio Cable to connect the CD unit to the amp. The XT40 speaker cable - along with the interconnect - does provide smooth sound reproduction - which to me was full, warm and beautiful. I didn't hear any unwanted noise and thought it was much comfortable to my listening preferences and ears - over the previous bare connected OFC free copper cables,

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    I recently bought Q acoustics concept 20 speakers with the custom stands to do them justice I decided to upgrade my speaker cable and chose the XT40 as soon as I fired them up the sound field opened right up in every way it was as if the speakers disappeared and there was just the music. Very impressed in every way buy the cable you will not be disappointed. I am waiting for my order of Qed performance audio 40 rca interconnects to arrive to complete the picture I am sure I will not be disappointed.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Submitted By: on
    Perfect product, fast delivery. Always reliable. Thanks

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
    Submitted By: on
    Fantastic service from futureshop. Noticeable improvement in "fullness" of sound, more bass definition and less unpleasant treble brightness - very impressed all round!

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Had a pair of this cable and just for fun tried if they would make a difference on my second system. They not only make difference, but make a huge improvement over el-cheapo cables. Sound is more controlled, highs more defined and less sharp and the bass tighter and fuller. Highly recommended. Ordered another pair for the second system. Futureshop .co.uk service is excellent.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Best sound I ever had, clean and extended. And I thought cables didn't matter..... Been using Blue Jeans speaker cable and Belden interconnects, not even in the same ballpark as this qed 40 interconnect and speaker cable, I want to sit up all night and play.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Excellent service of FutureShop That Sent me the product in Italy in quick time and the product and in a perfect manner assembled state. CABLES Qed XT40 are a good product, with regard carrying the signal to the speakers Cosi Come OUT amplifier.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Excellent cable. Get with airlock if you can. Because it's so cool

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
    Submitted By: on
    A worthy upgrade to my 17 year old QED 25th Anniversary Silver Special cables. Looks great, feels quality and most importantly extracts more detail than ive heard before from my system. Clean bass and balanced treble. This cable put a big smile on my face. QED Airloc bananas and spades at each ends look the part.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Submitted By: on
    Qed XT40 is really good cable giving dynamic and round sound covering highs and lows equally. The stereo image is excellent with my Rega Brio R. It is quite flexible for its size so that is also a plus. I recently also purchased Wireworld Solistice 7 speaker cable but this cable gives me more insight into the music making it simply more vibrant. Oh, yes i forgot, this is my second pair, need i say more..... Service excellent as always... recommended....

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
    Submitted By: on
    First forgive my poor English. Bought these as replacement for entry level cables, and at the same time replaced main RCA cable with QED peformance audio 40 to connect between Roksan Kandy K3 amp and Cambridge CXN streamer, so could not say exactly which one has the biggest impact on sound. Great support from future shop staff, their recommandation was to not choose a silver plated cable as I wanted a more rounded sound with less harsh treble. I have just installed it all and after just a short listen it seems that this was the good choice: overall improved sound, clarity but treble less agressive, space, bass seems a little punchier. I was very skeptical regarding the potential improvement, but I have to admit that although not a big revolution, it is difficult to describe but I have a feeling of overall improvement in every aspects! QED quality is very good, bananas and spades very clean teminations. I would recommend Futurshop and QED to anyone looking for quality, good prices and quick delivery.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Well made pair jump leads to complement the main cable run. Refer to my review of the XT40 . Great service from The Future shop.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
    Submitted By: on
    La entrega del producto fue muy rápida y en perfectas condiciones. Referente a los Cables de altavoce QED XT40, he de decir que la relación calidad-precio es muy buena. Para mi es un producto altamente recomendable.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Submitted By: on
    Fantastic upgrade cannot believe the difference in the sound, should have bought this before!

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Submitted By: on
    I had never used or heard QED cables before but the XT40's didn't take long to show off their attributes, I agree with the WHiFi reviews : in my two (!) separate systems the 40's were the more balanced of the two cable brands I tried. I can only recommend them based on my taste and system but no doubt they are good cables.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Good product, very fast delivery and low priced, perfect

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Submitted By: on
    This is the best speaker cable I have owned. It presents a clear, open and detailed soundstage. I ordered a short length to make some jumper cables, and this was quite simply the best pound for pound upgrade to my system. The complimentary Futureshop velcro cable tidys were a lovely touch - thank you:-)

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
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    Incredible effects for my new XT 40 speaker cables.Although cables are new, I cannot find that there are any fault on the cables.Maybe this is the effects of burn-in! Anyway, that is a good cables.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
    Submitted By: on
    Hello I'm French living in France. So english is not my native language native. Thank's for your understanding. This QED XT 40 2x3 meters cables I've ordered meets my requirements : balance tonal, transparancy satisfied neutrality details and sound image. Moreover this cable seems to be of an excellent reability, Thanks to spade plugs and banana plugs, assembled in Futureshop the contacts in one hand with my power amplifier and in second hand, with my speakers are really of excellent quality. Of course, it is impossible to compare with others cables before purchasing on internet, but I'm really very pleased with that cable. Thank you to Futireshop.uk.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Impeccable, reçu en 6 jours. Produit conforme, je ne l'est pas encore testé car j'attends les enceintes.. Moins chère qu'en France ! Vous pouvez y aller les yeux fermés

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Submitted By: on
    Makes a difference. On tehe time. Thanks

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
    Submitted By: on
    Hello, I wanted to upgrade my standard speaker cables and wanted something better for reasonable price. I browsed a lot of cable dedicated websites but I found QED website most simple, transparent and explaining what I wanted to know. Also the reviews were good. Meanwhile I have found Future Shop a cable specialist right on QED pages. Few clicks and the order was done. The cable is quite solid a easy to instal. But the most important was the sound - and it really sounds different. The sound is full, you can feel the lows which are very nice and smooth, mids are open and the highs are superb. Actually you can really hear the difference. FYI: Im playing on stereo receiver Marantz 11S3, turntable marantz tt15S1 and Acoustic Energy Neo 3 (neodymium tweet sounds superb). Finaly the service - easy to navigate, prompt answers, good prices - this is what I like and how it should be. 100% satisfaction. Cheers

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
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    Fantastic set of speaker cables delivered exactly as ordered. Not certain how you could beat the value. Not to mention some of the best service I've ever gotten from any retailer.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Submitted By: on
    qed xt 40 speaker cables. excellent cable, I put them in the high range and sound very natural and airy, with lots of details. For me in high sound better range of Naim naca 5. Arriving by me in Italy in a week. I am very satisfied with both of qed xt 40 that the seller Future Shop. Five stars.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
    Submitted By: on
    Very good speaker cable - excellent sound Fast delivery and good service from futureshop.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
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    Well, I’m shocked and that’s no mistake. To hear such an evenly presented sound from such a low priced set of speaker cables is pretty darned impressive. When you get cables in this price bracket you normally hear something missing or, on the other side of the coin, too much of one part of the sonic spectrum that overly dominates. Not here. The QED XT40 Speaker Cable have to be the most neutral and balanced cables in their price bracket. They let the music do the talking.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
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    Big shout to Gary and Customer Support, they helped a lot with re-sending the package in record short time. Cables came in mint condition, burned as agreed and work flawlessly!

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
    Submitted By: on
    Received my QED XT40 cable which I ordered on 14/07/16 in good condition on 25/07/16 and I have to say I'm very pleased with it. All in all it only takes 8 days for shipping ( plus 3 days cable burning -in ) to reached Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There's certainly a marked improvement in the sound quality coming from this QED XT40 cable, especially in the mids and the highs, it's very smooth and no harshness . And certain notes which I thought was never present in the music, now I beginning to hear them on this QED cable. Many thanks to Adam for his assurance on this cable and thanks to future shop for their fast service !. Futureshop will definitely be my next choice in my future purchase ! Good work guys, keep it up ! KM Hoo Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Submitted By: on
    Very good cable goes well with my system. Fast shipping to Japan. Reasonable price. Fantastic!

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
    Submitted By: on
    An upgrade from my Cable Talk 3.1's that were around 15 years old, for use on a Nad D3020 and MA Bronze 2. A definite improvement. It shows front-back sound-staging that was totally missing before (if that makes sense, the sound appears in between the speakers and not as point sources), and detail and layering is much improved. Used Futureshops excellent burn-in service - I don't know if it makes a difference but sonically it hasn't changed in the past week of use. And not a bad price with the connectors that are a quality fit.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
    Submitted By: on
    Not sure how I would rate these cables but Future's service was first rate. Competitive prices and my new HiFi sounds fantastic with these new cables and they look superb and well made.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
    Submitted By: on
    any one advice me is this cable has any direction to the amplifier. and is this fit for any banana plugs

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Submitted By: on
    Rewired the internals of my speakers. Absolutely Awesome cable. So detailed and speakers sound like new. No need to replace.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
    Submitted By: on
    _Beginning an upgrade journey, I decided to replace my long service Cable Talk 4.1 (a strong budget cable of its time). But I didn't want to spend too much. _I was persuaded by the technology behind the QED XT40, and enthusiastic reviews by professional HiFi writers and actual product users. _I chose FutureShop because they offer the cables terminated as per customer request, and free cable burn-in on a Nordost VIDAR cable conditioning machine, as customer specified (I chose 96hrs). _Able to compare the XT40 to years of listening via Cable Talk, I find improved detail, separation, soundstage, sense of space. This is an open, neutral, balanced sounding cable. Definitely value for money. _After 4 days burn-in at FutureShop, the product arrived the day after I received the despatch email. _Very pleased with my first FutureShop purchase. [ Eventual system: Marantz SA8003 SACD player; Audiolab M-DAC+; Benchmark AHB2 power amp; Isol-8 Mini Sub 2 power conditioning unit; Qudral Chromium Style 8 floor standing speakers; plus a streaming device ]

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
    Submitted By: on
    First of all, there's no point spending your money on a hifi set up if you don't buy the appropriate system cabling AND an appropriate mains current cleaner (an absolute essential to give your system the sound you seek as well as it stopping your system’s amp/CD-player components being put under constant strain trying to deal with the spikey, dirty mains signal current from the National Grid). Moreover, and this is one of the principal reasons I originally pursued my cable enquiries and eventually bought my cables from futureshop - they will burn-in (using Nordost) certain cables free-of-charge and that is a real plus – your cables arrive properly electrically conditioned before you use them – the Nordost burning is evident immediately in the developed sound when you first use them – you won’t get that anywhere else for FREE. Another futureshop plus was the assistance offered from the technician Adam (senior), top-notch : friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and honest – not trying to make you take something you don’t want or need but rather informing and satisfying fully your requirements in a very agreable manner (there’s also no Hifi-snobbery present which is rather welcoming in itself). The service is fast btw – sent to France faster than I’ve ever had anything sent from the UK before. I will actually post a follow up review on the QED XT40 Speaker Cable when I get my new speakers (Focal Aria 948 floor standers) – top of their range – which will reveal what these cables can really do in the system I have. Till now, I’ve been using generic Monster cable and the comparison offered here in listening is compared to this basic upper-end-for-a-shop-cable (but also within the context of my previous more audiophile system and my easy familiarity with the recordings I know well). First off, listening to the Beatles Japanese SHM stereo remaster CD of the ‘Rubber Soul’ album, all the instruments now have action and power and the energy in the vocals brings McCartney to life in ‘Day tripper’ – his vocal tones in rock songs require drive and punch and these cables deliver fantastically well. John Lennon’s plaintive tones are revealed endearingly in ‘Girl’, ‘In My Life’ and ‘Nowhere Man’ and separated distinctly from the guitar – a necessity on such simple songs if they are to be as intimate, enjoyable and moving as intended. Sound stage : the full size of the sound stage is presented with energy – the bass power and mid-range are both dynamic, tight and warm. The impressive depth of the sound stage is matched by the width and height – background vocals are distinct, detailed and not lost in the mix. Instruments and vocals have air between them, very noticeable on the Japanese blu spec remastered CD of Bob Dylan’s’Hurricane’ from his Desire album. Dylan’s music is notoriously thrown into a studio and left to fend for itself. Dylan’s studio producers do their best to separate vocals and instruments in the face of Dylan’s cavalier recording attitude and here the cables reveal the producer’s efforts to present the recording on a large sound stage – these cables work their wonders creating this large sound stage and bringing the recording artist Dylan fully into view. These cables keep the integrity of the source signal from the amp and present the music with all the detail, depth, warmth, action, speed and fun present in the original recording of the music they are entirely too good for the money spent. Great buy. System details : Entry level range Marantz CD6005 CD player, accompanying PM6005 amp, The Copper-line Alpha Schuko Power-HUB 4 Way, Atlas Equator MKIII Integra 2 RCA to 2 RCA Audio Cables, and a pair of Yamaha generic bookshelf hifi speakers (6ohms, nominal input 50W, maximal output 110W) on Partington Dreadnought Broadside stands.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    I'm not a big expert and couldn't imagine how much the speaker cables could influence the sound quality. These days full of marketing I was quite skeptic related to cables so I used standard retail cables bot singe and bi wiring with no major influence on listening quality. Now I have to write "How I could live (or better listen) without those speaker cables in before?". With QED XT40 my Castle Conway 3 speakers got totally new listening dimension. Sound is so airy with full of details I haven't heard before. The big surprise was also that I have heard quite a lot of details also in before but now those details sound more like music, compact together. Even my wife noticed this difference. I would encourage all skeptics like I was before that it is worth to do this still relatively low invest to have much more enjoyment from listening. Although my first intention was to purchase different cables which were not available the futureshopstaff was very helpful and I'm very satisfied with recommended alternative.

    Rating: 4 of 5 Stars!  4 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
    Submitted By: on
    ENGLISH TRANSLATION: The spade plugs proved to be a little problematic for connecting to my speakers. Its very clear and colourful performance. Fast delivery by Royal Air Mail. Overall OK. petit bemol sur les terminaisons fourches dont le coudage peut etre problematique pour la connexion des enceintes. Son tres limpide et à priori pas coloré envoi Royal Air Mail tres efficace, puis Collissimo un peu plus lent, mais OK dans l'ensemble

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
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    ENGLISH TRANSLATION: Excellent product quick delivery and careful, with an unbeatable price Future Shop everything is perfect thank you. Excelent produit livraison rapide et soigné, avec un prix imbatable sur futureshop tout est parfait merci .

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
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    the cable itself is well made the plugs are well made the sound of the cable is still being compared and contrasted to previous and existing cables the electrical connection is made using a bespoke crimping tool designed by QED the manufacturer this seems electrically sound when newly crimped resistance tests have been undertaken and were acceptably low suitable for domestically available power amplifiers the cable itself is a touch stiff and bulky the cable and plugs are cosmetically pleasing the mechanical support of the cable termination where it exits the plug is poor and not good enough for professional use as repeated plug / unplug would cause eventual fatigue failure of the joint due to the residual play. A solution to this can be provided using a sequence of shrink sleeving applications (2 per plug to be precise) to the cable joint first with the plug outer cover removed then after externally with the outer cover fitted and secure. This makes the terminations far more durable. Or an airlock plug modification which uses a rubber clamp insert specifically sized for this cables outer diameter which eliminates the offending play. Too much reliance on the electrical connection with the mechanical strength being somewhat overlooked.

    Rating: 3 of 5 Stars!  3 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
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    Swapped out from QED Silver Anniversary XT Speaker Cable and really not too much difference (if Any). However, I can only recommend Futureshop for an excellent service, together with a superb build and connection of the QED Airlock Plugs.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Bought the cable with recommended Forte Airloc banana plugs to replace my trusty QED 79 strand and the transformation left me speechless with a 3D-like soundstage and beautifully balanced room filing sound at significantly lower volume levels. Selected the free 72 hr burn-in service which means waiting a bit longer but well worth it.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    ENGLISH : The QED XT 40 cable perfectly fulfills the function for which it was designed . Connect an amplification system to the speakers in order to pass a signal in the best conditions possible. This cable is perfect for my whole Yamaha A- S2100 , Yamaha and JBL 4312E CD2100 on which I like to listen primarily jazz and electro . Very good build quality , good diameter cable and yet remains flexible enough . A more open sound , clearer, with bass response beyond reproach. I 'm no expert but it suits me perfectly. Nothing to say no more about the delivery time . Thank you FutureShop . Le câble QED XT 40 remplit parfaitement la fonction pour laquelle il a été conçu. Relier un système d'amplification à des hauts-parleurs afin d'y faire passer un signal dans les meilleurs conditions possible. Ce câble est parfait pour mon ensemble Yamaha A-S2100, Yamaha CD2100 et JBL 4312E sur lequel j'aime à écouter essentiellement du Jazz et de l'électro. Très bonne qualité de fabrication, câble de bon diamètre et malgré tout qui reste assez souple. Un son plus ouvert, plus clair, avec une restitution des basses irréprochables. Je ne suis pas expert mais ça me convient parfaitement. Rien à redire non plus sur le délai de livraison. Merci futureshop.

    Rating: 4 of 5 Stars!  4 out of 5 stars.
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    Fantastic upgrade, great detail and open sound stage, used this cable on my Roksan Kandy K2 paired with B&W 683S with superb results...highly recommended

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Rather disappointed given the recommendation in What Hi-Fi. For: Full solid sound from my Marantz MCR610 receiver and Q Acoustics 1020i speakers Against: Vocals only average - recessed compared with rest of the music, slightly indistinct and lacking in emotion - compared with QED XT Anniversary cable used previously. Verdict: Will return to the QED cables which although giving a slightly lean sound were more musical and involving . Will try to borrow cables first before buying on the basis of a review!

    Rating: 3 of 5 Stars!  3 out of 5 stars.
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    Sound great even after only a few hours of use...recommended

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    XT40 cables give a great crisp and clear sound, highly recommended.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    I bought this pair of cables to replace my Cambridge Audio ones which I had for a few years. The XT40s look and feel a lot more substantial and had banana plugs fitted on request. I'm just getting used to how they sound and I think I detect some improvement - might take some time for my ears to become attuned to them! The service from Future Shops was excellent and the cables arrived bang on schedule. Their website was informative and easy to navigate. I have definitely added it to my favourites list!

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    I bought this cable as it had won the What Hifi speaker cable award 2014. I am delighted with the sound. I have a pair of open baffle speakers - rather larger than the average unit - which up till now have been supplied by extremely expensive but very old silver speaker cables. I found the sound from the old cables rather clinical - they originally drove a pair of SD acoustics speakers and the sound was much better. Open baffles can be very demanding as they are unforgiving of any poor link in the audio chain, whether it be the recording or, in this case, the cables. The QED cables are very much better, producing a wide sound stage, while preserving the speed and clarity which is characteristic of well- designed open baffles. The sound is warmer than that of the old cables and definitely non-fatiguing. I think they have been a very good replacement and would recommend them to anyone who needs a high quality cable that doesn't break the bank.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    I am m a first time customer and was very impressed with both the web site (navigation, production options, ordering process) and better still the prompt delivery of my new hifi speaker cables. The cables themselves are excellent and I choice to have the connectors prefitted which can only help. Its difficult to know how much better the cables are as they are used with new speakers that I am running in.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Awesome service and great product. Will use for every future cable purchase.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    I ordered these speaker cables following good reviews elsewhere. Having used them for a few days now I can only concur with those comments. They produce a clear and details sound and so far have been a good replacement for my previous Chord Flatline speaker cables. I am also using these XT40 cables with a set of XT40 jumper cables.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
    Product Reviewed: QED XT40 Speaker Cable
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    Having had Snow track bi-wire cable for many years and recently replaced the components of my hi-fi system, I've been torn between keeping what I know about and have loved and replacing it with better cable, but not bi-wired. The Snow track fits under the carpet between two carpet gripper tracks and is pretty flat. The new cable is more expensive, hopefully better quality, but bulkier. I had a chat with a specialist at Futureshop and have bought the QED XT-40. I've just finished laying it and am running it in and it's a bit early to say definitely that it's better, but it does sound good and bi-wire strap is screwed down (Kef R100's). It is slightly bulkier cable and I've had to adapt my Atacama Mosecco speaker stands cable entry (made the original diameter bigger by 4mm and elongated by 7 mm, but I would recommend more.). Cable quality looks good. The terminated metal AirLoc banana connectors are smart, solid and have a very positive fit in the amp and speaker terminals. Delivery was excellent. Verdict: Product and Service: Excellent Would I use Futureshop again? Certainly.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Excellent product, love the clarity and soundstage.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    I have bought three different lengths of this cable. The best cable I have ever owned

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Excellent cables - the sound quality is amazing quite literally the best I've ever heard. At £10 a metre the price was a stretch for my budget but the results justify the cost and I have no regrets. The service was outstanding; quick delivery and exactly what I ordered. The banana plugs we're connected and ready for use. Overall I am delighted and if in the future I purchase hi-fi equipment the Future Shop would be my first port of call.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Was given excellent advice on product type - cable then arrived in good time having been 'burnt in'. Faultless service

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    XT40 is flat and smooth sound out of my expectation. What is much more the difference XT40 between anniversary ? I hope that sound is more sharp, vivid high notes but XT40 have a bit smooth sound. Would you recommends speaker cables low/mid/high notes vivid better than XT40. Thanks a lot. By Korean AudioPhile

    Rating: 3 of 5 Stars!  3 out of 5 stars.
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    The audio improvement obtained by replacing supermarket 2.5 mm2 speaker cables by QED XT40 between a Yamaha A-S500 amplifier and Monitor Audio Bronze BX2 speakers was surprising. I was dubious about speaker cables significance but after upgrade, the basses are much more present and trebles less fuzzy. The Futureshop service was excellent. They replaced the plug ends of the cable because I made a mistake in the initial command.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    I bought both the interconnect and the speaker cables of this line and the changes are very dramatic in terms of sound quality, its great! just like the reviews suggests... I recently purchased a new set of speakers, B&W CM6 S2 and used my previous cables setup which was was not bad, the cables were high end and still i felt those new speakers could do better so i went on this series and the change is so awesome, the speakers actually came alive, they sound so rich, very notable change! I'm really suggesting this! for the record i'm playing from a pc with ASUS xonar sound card connected to a rotel RA-10. also the shop is great, they give you free burn in for the cables and the service is kind and quick. LOVE IT!

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    I had an old set of bi-wire cables I'd had for ever. After deciding to go single connection I looked at a few reviews and saw the QED XT40 had good reviews. And I am certainly hearing some difference. I bought the wrong type of jumpers at first but they were exchanged easily and everything was turned around quickly.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    No surprise ! QED cables just sounds natural and harmonic. I compared it with other cables costing many times as much. I prefered the QEDs that will stay in my system. I have an Audio Research iSV60 amp with K120 tubes and Marten speakers with Ceramic membrans from Accutone.. My signal sources are many different: Cd player from Arcam, Dac from Hegel and Turntable/Arm/Cartridge from Michell GyroSE/ SME/ Lyra Delos.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    I haven't had this product long enough to make a thorough assessment. All I can say is that it is reassuringly sturdy, and gives a good, solid sound, perhaps a little better than the product it replaced. But I would like longer to assess it properly.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Fantastic product. This is my first upgrade from standard OFC speaker cable, and to be honest I didn't believe it would make much of a difference, but wow was I wrong. The sound is much more controlled; The bass is tighter, and the mids are much more pronounced and detailed, but the real difference was with the highs. Previously, they were overly bright/harsh, which only got worse as the volume was raised and more power was transmitted through the old cables. This, I think, is where the hollow core tech really shows itself. Highs are now incredibly detailed, and silky smooth. I also opted for 2x runs of cable to take advantage of bi-amping which I hadn't done previously, so this may have been icing on top. All in all, awesome cables.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Excellent cables and assembling work from FutureShop.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    I placed order for QED XT40 Speaker Cable and delivery was timely. Item is a described as ordered and was nicely packed. My first time buying from Futureshop and it was nice experience. Will sure buy again in future. KC, Singapore

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    My initial take on the XT40's was poor but a swift change of banana plugs, from Futureshop, made everything right, and VERY right. Tubular Bells 2 is my reference go to for all testing and the transparancy and detail was awesome to the point of drawing a tear from my eye. Instrumentation on all test albums delivered attack, well defined bass and a bigger sound stage than my previous cables. Whats still lacking is excellent mid range, but I'm very prepared to burn in the cables for much longer for that to arrive. The advice from Futureshop was bang on and deliery to Ireland to all of about four days. I cant fault the service! System- Copland CSA 8, Meridian G07 & B&W 602 S3's.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    I normally don't believe in "cable magic" but I wanted good quality cables to connect my new B&W 684 S2 to my NAD C390DD. And to my biggest surprise, those cables improved to way bass sounds ! They are more precise and less fluffly as they were with my regular supermarket cable. Moreover, the cables are well assembled and the Airloc plugs look gorgeous. Really worth the (little) money those cables cost.

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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    Great cables for the price! Very detailed, tonally accurate and fantastic bass! Highly recommended and thanks to FutureShop!

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!  5 out of 5 stars.
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