When look­ing to up­grade, these handy ex­tras can give your hi-fi sys­tem a cost-ef­fec­tive boost

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Au­dio­quest Rocket 11 £12.50/m

Au­dio­quest is back with a tremen­dous speaker cable which claims top spot as our Prod­uct of the Year for ac­ces­sories, knock­ing pre­vi­ous win­ner Chord Clear­way off its perch.

What ap­peals to us is how flex­i­ble the Rocket 11 is. Even more so than ri­val ca­bles, it’s easy to bend around those tricky tight cor­ners to reach your kit, with­out wor­ry­ing that you’ll break or dam­age the ca­bling.

Au­dio­quest has taken care with the con­fig­u­ra­tion and qual­ity of the con­duc­tors used in­side the Rocket 11 ca­bles, too. It uses semi-solid truecon­cen­tric con­duc­tors and long-grain cop­per to im­prove per­for­mance and re­duce any in­ter­fer­ence that might de­grade the sound.

Thought­ful touches such as mark­ing the left and right ca­bles, la­belling which end goes into the am­pli­fier and which end plugs into the speaker, and de­sign­ing it so that you can use the ca­bles in a sin­gle-wired or bi-wired con­fig­u­ra­tion if your sys­tem de­mands it, all add up to make the Rocket 11 all the more easy and ap­peal­ing to use.

Of course, none of these crowd­pleas­ing notes would make a jot of dif­fer­ence if the Rocket 11 cable didn’t have a pos­i­tive im­pact on your sys­tem’s per­for­mance. Hap­pily, that’s not the case. The best thing this Au­dio­quest cable does is get out of the way and sim­ply let you en­joy the mu­sic.

What­ever song you play, our sys­tem sounds sparkling clear, in­cred­i­bly de­tailed and is pro­pelled by the kind of rhythm that keeps you toe-tap­ping all the way through an al­bum. Lead­ing edges of notes are stun­ningly crisp and clean, and vo­cals are packed with nu­ance and emo­tion.

The Rocket 11 guides our ref­er­ence sys­tem into per­form­ing with a pleas­ing and punchy sense of dy­namism that’s a joy to lis­ten to. Com­pared with the Chord Clear­way cable it has eclipsed, the Rocket 11 helps our sys­tem knit mu­si­cal el­e­ments to­gether with that bit more con­fi­dence and alacrity. The sense of space is big­ger and more ap­par­ent, too. At £12.50 per me­tre (be­fore ter­mi­na­tion), the Au­dio­quest Rocket 11 is a touch on the pricey side. The costs be­gin to add up when you take into ac­count how many ca­bles and the length you’ll need, but if you’re spend­ing hard-earned cash on your hi-fi com­po­nents, you’ll want ca­bling that doesn’t in­hibit their per­for­mance. The Rocket 11 speaker cable is an ideal way to let your hi-fi reach its full po­ten­tial. If you want to in­ject a new lease of life into your sys­tem, these im­pres­sive ca­bles are worth in­vest­ing in.

To re­lease your hi-fi’s po­ten­tial, these ca­bles are worth in­vest­ing in

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