QED XT25 Speaker Cable
Great Value Award Winning Cable
Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) Dielectric
QED’s X-Tube Technology, 99.999% Oxygen-Free Copper
Impressive Clarity & High Frequency Detail
Minimum Purchase 4 Metres
The QED Reference XT25 speaker cable might just be the sweet spot in QED’s cable range. It uses QED’s LDPE low loss dielectric along with pure oxygen free copper and the company’s proprietary X-Tube technology. This results in a cable with sensational levels of clarity and detail yet which is surprisingly affordable. This kind of transparency at anywhere near this price is truly difficult for rivals to match.
All QED cables are designed using the top down principle. XT25 represents the core musical performance trickled down from QED’s money-no-object Supremus cable in a more affordable package. QED has won more What Hi-fi? Awards than any other single brand and with XT25 this heritage is delivered at a sensible price. Unlike most other manufacturers, QED offer an unlimited lifetime guarantee which means that if your cable ever fails to deliver to its full potential during its lifetime QED will replace it free of charge.
X-Tube Technology: In loudspeaker cables high pitched sounds are forced to travel towards the outside of the conductor and so are able to use less and less of the available cross-sectional area as the pitch increases. This is called the “Skin Effect”. It means that for high frequencies the resistance of the cable appears to be much higher than it does for lower pitched sounds. Eddy currents in one conductor can affect the current flowing in an adjacent conductor so that currents flowing in the same direction move away from each other. This “Proximity Effect” also increases resistance as frequency increases. These phenomena have a detrimental effect on the fidelity of the sound you hear. The XT25 variation of QED X-Tube solves these problems by creating a hollow tubular conductor geometry out of individual conductor bunches through which each frequency can pass with equal ease when compared to traditional solid or stranded conductors.
Low-Loss Dielectric: Music signals in a loudspeaker cable move back and forth many times every second. The insulating material used to separate the send and return conductors from each other (the dielectric) has to be charged and discharged every time. Not all of the energy stored in the dielectric during each charge cycle is completely returned during each discharge cycle which has a detrimental effect on the fidelity of the sound you hear. Like its predecessors, XT25 uses a specially formulated low-density polyethylene (LDPE) dielectric. QED research has shown that low capacitance cables are generally preferred in listening tests over high capacitance counterparts and this is usually because low-loss dielectrics have been utilised. The use of LDPE and careful control of conductor spacing results in a cable with a very low capacitance per meter and a dissipation factor (loss tangent) of 0.0001 at 10 kHz.
99.999% Oxygen-Free Copper: Speaker cables need to have a large current carrying capacity. If the electrical resistance of the cable is too large, part of the music signal will be lost, causing a detrimental effect on the fidelity of the sound you hear. To stop this from happening QED make the resistance of their speaker cables as small as possible. They do this by using the largest practical cross-sectional area of copper within the size constraints of each cable. In order to squeeze the last drop of performance from the conductors they make sure that there are no impurities in the copper which would defeat the object of making them so large. That’s why QED use 99.999% oxygen-free copper exclusively.
The History Of QED
In 1973 Bob Abraham and Ian Vine founded QED Audio Products and changed the way people think about hi-fi cables. By the time QED 79 strand was launched in 1978, it wasn’t considered' just another speaker cable' but a serious hi-fi component.
During 1994 QED conducted the most extensive ever scientific investigation into the effects of speaker cable on hi-fi system performance. Read the results in “The Genesis Report”. Hear the results whenever you listen to your favourite music using QED cables.
QED's reputation for innovation and technical excellence is known throughout the world. The latest computer-aided design techniques allow their research and development team to keep pace with technological advances and deliver products that achieve the highest levels of performance and reliability. This is why QED speaker cables are recommended by so many of the world’s leading manufacturers of hi-fi and home theatre equipment.
QED is Europe's number one award winning connectivity brand and has won more prestigious cable awards from ‘What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision’ magazine than any other brand. - QED - The Sound Of Science
In The News
We loved the more expensive XT40 for precisely the same characteristics shown by the XT25 – and that’s the mark of a manufacturer that knows its identity. If you don’t want to meet the cost of the former, this is a cable offering the same family sound for a tighter budget, and it won’t leave you longing for the upgrade. We know QED for sensational levels of clarity and detail, and, even at this lower price, it doesn’t disappoint. This kind of transparency is difficult for rivals to match. What Hi-Fi? 5 Star Review
QED XT25 is the sort of speaker cable that can really open up a system. If you have a system that is already bright and detailed then this may not be the cable for you. But if you have a balanced, natural sounding system and are looking to eke out that extra level of clarity while keeping a balanced sound signature then the XT25 could absolutely do the trick. Its level of transparency is sure to win lots of fans and when its affordable price is taken into consideration it starts to look like something of a bargain. We cannot recommend this cable highly enough. Buy with confidence.
Main Features & Specifications
- Cross-Sectional Area: 25 mm2
- Wire Gauge: 14 AWG
- Jacket Outside Diameter: 3.96 mm
- Loop Resistance: 13.4 mΩ/m
- Capacitance: 35.0 pF/m
- Loop Inductance: 0.52 μH/m
- Dissipation Factor: @ 10 kHz 0.0001
- Conductors: 10 X 19/0.13 mm
- Insulation: LDPE Jacket With 100% Coverage of Aluminium Mylar tape wrap
- Sold by the metre – also available in 2m, 3m & 5m terminated pairs
- The best banana plugs for terminating this cable are the QED Airloc Forté Banana Plugs. We have Metal and ABS versions available.
- QED Product Code: QE1325
- Manufacturer's Warranty: Lifetime
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE