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.