AudioQuest's founder and chief designer, William E. Low (Bill), sees AudioQuest as a company that develops tools for enhancing the in-home experience of audio and video entertainment. Be it a speaker cable, HDMI cable or a portable digital audio product, AudioQuest's varied offerings provide value and performance to the retailer and enthusiastic consumer alike.
AudioQuest has been the most significant cable supplier to the high-end specialist market for many years. With its offerings sold in several thousand outlets in over sixty countries, AudioQuest focuses on delivering excellent value and performance in every product the company develops.
The History of AudioQuest
1980: AudioQuest is Founded
In 1978 William (Bill) Low began manufacturing custom audio cables for his new one-man hi-fi shop. Two years later, Bill got serious about making cables for the rest of the world, so in 1980, he founded AudioQuest.
1982: AudioQuest Phono Cartridges
AudioQuest begins selling phono cartridges and achieves almost instant success with the AQ-404 moving coil cartridge. The AQ analog tradition continues to this day!
1985: Advanced Metallurgy
AudioQuest becomes the first US high-performance wire company to introduce advanced conductor technology in its cables. From the “Linear Crystal” conductor of 1987 to the Perfect-Surface Metals of today, AQ remains at the forefront of conductor technology.
1988: HyperLitz Conductor Construction
AudioQuest introduces its patented “HyperLitz” construction, significantly altering the standards for audio interconnect and speaker cable.
1989: High-Performance Video Cables
AudioQuest introduces high-performance video cables, bringing “low-distortion” sensibility to a world previously only concerned with loss.
1990: AudioQuest Music
AudioQuest Music was founded to record great music by world-class artists, resulting in a flood of great reviews in the music and audio press.
2004: Dielectric-Bias System
AudioQuest introduces its patented Dielectric-Bias System, changing forever notions of cable “break in” and dramatically reducing insulation-induced distortion.
2005: HDMI Cables
AudioQuest introduces its first line of HDMI A/V cables, applying AQ's accumulated knowledge of low-distortion metallurgy, insulation and cable construction to this radically new method of transferring high-speed digital A/V signals.
2012: Enter the DragonFly
AudioQuest revolutionizes the portable DAC market by introducing the DragonFly DAC, bringing true high-performance sound quality to computer audio based music lovers.
2014: NightHawk Headphone
AudioQuest enters the headphone market by introducing innovative and well-received NightHawk headphones.
2015: The Niagara Series
AudioQuest introduces the Niagara 7000, redefining the science of power conditioning.
2016: DragonFly Black and DragonFly Red
AudioQuest releases the next generation of DragonFly DACs, now firmware-upgradeable and compatible with smartphones and tablets.
2016: NightOwl Carbon Headphone
AudioQuest introduces the closed-back NightOwl Carbon, providing listeners with exceptional isolation from external noise and even deeper sonic immersion.
2017 - Storm Series AC Cables
AudioQuest causes a revolution in AC cable technology by introducing the incredibly well received Storm Series of AC cables.
2018 - Mythical Creatures Speaker Cables
AudioQuest redefines the science of speaker cable technology by introducing the Mythical Creature line of speaker cables.