AudioQuest Midnight 3 Speaker Cables

Midnight 3

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dwng   AudioPhile [Jul 31, 2011]

Recently bought this I assume new old stock midnight 3 cables set up in bi-wire configuration between my humble Audiolab amp and ProAc Response 1.5. The sound is great - neutral without emphasis on a particular frequency range. The supplier terminated the cable well with sturdy banana plugs which hold on well at both the speaker and amplifier ends. You need that especially since this cable is stiff. Since it is still pretty new, I expect it to shine even more with time when it is properly broken in.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
bubbles   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 21, 2004]
Strength:

Passes the signal,smooth easy listen

Weakness:

Too stiff,too exspensive.

Sometimes I wonder why I actually bought this cable,maybe I was sucked into the snake oil thoery,maybe it was the "wow" look at the thickness of that. I was already using Audioquests Indigo,which was a good cable,did nothing wrong,just was a cable that didn't mess up the sound,but at the end of the day was just that,a piece of cable,so for some umknown reason I was fooled to believe the higher you went (read) spend the better it got,not,I can't say i noticed a bit of difference between the indigo and the midnight,I wanted too,as its by far no means cheap,I was using it with at the time a Copland CTA 401 valve amp,B&W cdm1 and a Micromega transport/DAC combo,interconects were the AQ quartz. When I changed over I couldn't believe just how ridiculosly inflexable the cable was,was a nightmare at midnight to work with,terrible,you need the paitience of Job.If you havent got very sturdy speaker connections on amp end beware this cable doesn't bend them of!! After alot of cursing i finally wired them up,they looked good,am real like at mine,its bigger than your feel,but how did it sound? well to be honest no different than the indigo I was previously using,i was dissapointed,just on that fact alone,the sound I felt was smooth,didn't over emphasize any off the spectrum range,presneted the music in a natural fashion,highs were smooth non fatiging,midrange was laidback and not forced upon you,and bass was well...bass,speakers depend on bass performance not a cable,so overall on the sound front it just did what a cable should do pass the signal no more no less,on that front it did it's job,but I just keep coming back to the fact of the cable is just too stiff and that is its major weakness,plus price.

Similar Products Used: F-14,Indigo
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Peter   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 09, 2000]
Strength:

range

Weakness:

very stiff.more of a tube than a cable

This is the best cable i have heard to date.opens up the soundstage and lets all the music come through.I have it biwired and has really brought the sound to life.It has better range than the goretz m2 and much better than its little brother indigo.There are few flaws.I would highly recomend this wire.use spades they give you a better contact than bannanas.
I use a mcintosh mcd 7008 a Luxman LV-103u hybrid Integrated Amp and Coincedent Super Conquest Loudspeakers.Find a dealer in your area for the speakers.They will amaze you at 2500.00US Out preform other 5000.00 + speakers.Back to the cable.Great bootom end and very clear and consice mids and highs.Highly recomended.

Similar Products Used: Goertz M2 Indigo
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Rohan Jackson   Audiophile [May 25, 2000]
Strength:

Warm and euphonically coloured mids

Weakness:

Everything else!

Far too expensive for the performance. Has a small soundstage, no depth or width, and is by far the most coloured and foggy cable I have auditioned (from $300 up). Sloppy loose bass, and won't image properly. I am embarassed to say that I own this cable.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Bluefin   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 03, 2001]
Strength:

Bass

Weakness:

sounds better with bi-wire (=more cost)

It seems previous audioquest line, midnight, forrest,..., works better with bi-wire. If you are listening to single wire, you probably have not heard the best from it yet. Mid freq. is slightly too polite on midnight. Cardas has fuller mid in this respect. It depends on your speaker/amp combo and personal taste. But bass/$$ is one of the best there. Midnight is a great woofer cable! I would give it 4 star for mid and 5 star for bass. Some previous viewers claim no bass should check his own gears or connections. My experience is that Cu has smooth bass and Siliver has better high. Good mid calbe usually sacrifice a little on high and low. Who can recommend a reasonable priced cable for all spectrum?

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
SHERIF EL KADY   an Audio Enthusiast [Jan 28, 1999]

The Midnight cable is excellent & very good value for money. However, theAudiotruth Forest,the next one up the ladder, is much more balanced across
the band. I know it is not like the Midnight in the bass area, but the difference is minimal. The price of admission to the Forest is not high.
Infact it is very close to the Midnight.


OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
NEIL   [Jan 08, 1999]

Midnights are a great cable and represent my price limit to spend on cables. 14 solid core FPC copper conductors and design are the same as thier outrageously priced Dragon, minus the silver conductors. Very detailed and depth to the midrange. Highs are not rolled off, but sound natual and life-like. Being an aggregate 10awg cable, it can really reveal your systems bass potential. It's a thick hose, though, a definiate conversation peice at a party. My system consists of:Krell KAV 300i
Meridian 508.24
Magnepan 10.1
Velodyne HGS-10
AudioQuest Midnight
AudioQuest Quartz XLR

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
DeeCee   Audio Enthusiast [May 05, 2001]
Strength:

Good but not great midbass detail

Weakness:

Large, difficult to connect; not a great price per performance ratio

I graduated from my 12 gauge zipcord to the AQ Midnight 3s which I purchased used. I expected a large difference in quality but there really wasn't...

There was some additional detail in the midbass and a tad better performance in sounstaging but that was about it.

Don't get me wrong; the cable did no additional damage to the sound, it just lacked the sense of life that I expected from the cable.

The cable performance I would consider fair but somewhat pricey.

I was close to reconsidering the value of speaker cable differences when I recently purchased and compared this cable to the Cardas and ...

(You'll have to check the Cardas Quadlink 5C review)...

- DeeCee

Similar Products Used: Zipcord, Cardas Quadlink 5C
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Kyle   an Audio Enthusiast [Jun 20, 1998]

I just got a pair of these cables and hooked them up to my Klipsch KG 3.5's-- I'm waiting for my Martin Logan's. All I can say is I'm just dumbfounded by the improvement by them. I keep hearing all these weird noises in recordings that I never knew existed even on my Klipsch's! Now I really can't wait for my ML's to arrive...

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Jeff Million   an Audio Enthusiast [May 04, 1998]

This is a great cable.Everything goes through these and comes out the way it went in.I am using them to bi-wire a pair of Klipsch KLF20s from an Adcom 5500.As far as the size goes they are very thick.My dealer terminated them himself and he leaves the jacket about 6 inches so they are much easier to work with than the ones terminated at the factory from what I hear.Highly recommended.

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5
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