Audioquest or Kimber kable.


So I'm looking for a little guidance on speaker cables.  I recently moved up to Focal Aria 926 and 906 speakers and trying to decide between better speaker cables. The 926's share duty between home theater and 2 channel while the 906 are going to be used in a more dedicated 2 channel. Both are paired to Emotiva Xpa gen 3 amps with the 926's connected to my Yamaha 2050 pre-outs and the 906's to the Emotiva PT-100. I plan on upgrading my Emotiva down the road and would like cables that can grow with my system. I'm looking at Audioquest Rocket 33 and kimber kable 8tc cables. Which direction would be good and would it be worth going up to Rocket 44 ? Thank everyone for any and all advice.  
cvbryso
I have used Audioquest Type 4 for years. I did try Audioquest type 8 not sure there was a difference. The type 4 work well for me. Never tried Kimber. Have thought about it but why for what the AQ is giving me. 
Scored a pair of 13 foot Kimber PR8 for $100 YMMV, use them bi-wired to my Ref 3A de Capos.  Good bass
have you considered Triode Wire Labs "American" series? 30 day free trial. These are the best I've ever used and I've owned Nordost, MIT and some other brands. Really good tone, detail and sound staging. IMO, super at any price.
I have honestly never heard of those.  I am new to all of this. I have had my Martin logan ESL for years but never really put any time or money into my systems until I was injured 2 years ago at work.  I have been recovering from multiple surgeries since then and have really found a new love for music and movies. I have spent a lot of time reading up on equipment and learned there is a lot I need to learn about lol.. I finally decided to purchase Focals and now want to grow my systems . 
The reason I'm looking at Audioquest or Kimber Kable is those are the 2 manufacturers that the company im looking at sells. As I have no need for my Martin Logans anymore I would be trading them in and using that trade in $$$ for better cables.  
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Would there be a big difference between the 33 and the 44 ?

@OP, you are looking at older models of AQ. Though I can't tell what your budget is, I would recommend looking at more recent models.
A set of Rocket 88's used aren't very expensive and would, IMHO, offer better resolution.
FWIW, I use GO-4's.
Bob
OP,
if you search on YouTube, there is a review where the reviewer compares Rocket 33 to Rocket 44 and one other lower Audioquest series speaker cable. I remember watching it awhile back
Thank yall so much.  I didn't know that they were older models. I don't know if I would want to trade my speakers for older model cables now. 
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Raven Audio.

Simply the best speaker cable for dollar. 45 day return privileges and made in the Republic of Texas.

https://www.ravenaudio.com/product/speaker-cables/
I went from Rocket 33 to Rocket 88 and there’s a difference. The 88 give more refined sound and clearer.
I have the focal aria 948 and I have kimber and it matches very well 
Give Audio Envy a look, a great product, and a very reasonable price.

https://audioenvy.com/
I have been using Rocket 88s with great results on KEF LS50s, Ologe 5s, Magnepan LRS and B&W Matrix 801 S2s.
4 significantly different types of speakers.

I also have a "lower" grade Kimber that sounds fine as well, just not like the 88s. A "higher" grade Kimber wjould probably perform like the 88s.

At this point though, it’s really a matter of your personal preference.
Can’t go wrong with either.
No experience with the Audioquest cable, but can vouch for the Kimber 8TC being a very neutral/definitive choice.
Yall are awesome.  Thank you so much for the advice. I'm really starting to enjoy more and more higher end audio and getting to know the community of people who share the passion.  
I enjoy audioquest cables.

i think about 88 would be a great start.
I use Kimber 8PR biwired in my high end (entry level) system and Im very pleased. 

In Audioholics they have compared the 8PR against the 8TC and they say you can get with the 8PR about 95% of the sound of the 8TC at considerable lower price.

I would buy the 8PR and get something else with the money saved, like a dedicated streamer or the Uptone Etherregen if you are on digital. You will get much more bang for the buck that way. 
I use a double-run set of Rocket 44 speaker cables that are terminated with Furutech rhodium spades.  The Rocket 44/88 are the best wire that Audioquest makes before you get into the silver-plated or battery stuff. 

Also, I would avoid any cable that uses silver or silver plated terminations (spades/bananas).  They are not a good match for those Focals. 

The Audioquest is all multiple awg solid core designs.  Rocket 88 has the best pure copper wire that Audioquest makes.  I would suggest Rocket 88 or some slightly older models if you want to buy used, but make sure to avoid the silver-plated bananas/spades.

Audio Advisor has "no frills" and "premium" versions of Rocket 44/88.  It's cheaper than the retail product and you can buy them in any length.  They just run it off a large spool and cut/terminate whatever you want (bare ware / spades / bananas).

I would not have the Audioquest wires setup as bi-wire because they are only a 13awg speaker cable.  If you bi-wire, you end up splitting this into a small 16awg for highs and 15awg for lows.

The Kimber cable could be a good choice as well and they do have multiple awg wires, but they are standed bundles.  Still not fully solid-core like the Audioquest is.
Kimber 8's.  Biwire 3/5 treble bass.
Bill Low personally recommended "33s" to me (for bi-wiring) at a local audio shop a couple of years ago, and I liked them...when I went back to single wire I switched back to a pair of Type 8s...Audio Advisor has been selling those for a while (I got mine used from a private source) at a fairly amazing discount and they’re great sounding cables.
Hi , audioquest makes very good cables . They van be stiff tho. Just to put another very good and reasonably priced cable for your consideration; Tellurium q black . Tellurium is a multi award winning cable maker. The T black is in their lower priced ranged but extremely good. Cheers Leon 
Yeah, now this stuff can get emotive, not so? 🤔 
As for myself its a bit like arguing about motorcars, as mentioned earlier. 

I had some repeated minor, shorter term encounters with both brands.
Yes, both can be kind of stiff, plus in my recollections they have this 'so what' factor. Nice looking too, and then so what? 🤔 

More or less, and by sheer accident, I now wound up with Transparent XLR cables for transport to DAC, and pre- to power-amp. 

Not short for any long term testing, loads of testing, both can not be bettered by anything that I had before, and still have.
No BIG deal - but one, if one cares to listen 'deeply' turning out to be for keeps.
AND... I'm not talking about their latest expensive offerings either, i.e. an older Music Link Ultra to the poweramp and a digital Reference to my DAC. 
Maybe I was lucky to acquire them at an affordable price?
In any case the Ultra is nicely flexible, the Reference however -far from it- just to mention it. 
Michélle 🇿🇦 
OP I know you said you were looking at those brands as part of some kind of trade-in part-exchange deal, but you should really look at Audio Envy, as I think someone else has already suggested.
As someone who lives in Germany, american cable manufacturers were "terra incognita" for me. When I configured a vintage system with Mark Levinson components and Infinity speakers I felt there should also be cables made in the USA. Thanks to Audiogon I discovered Silnote Audio - those cables are spectacular even in the budget Morpheus range. Also worth looking: Morrow Audio.
My latest speaker cable for testing (I write for a German High End magazine) was the stellar Audio Quest "William Tell". Not the cheapest piece of copper but a sonic revelation and close to In-Akustik 's Air cables that cost trice the price of those Audio Quest speaker cables. After all keep in mind that interconnects and speaker cables should be regarded as a whole. The system in my sleeping room (a Sony SACD with a Trigon "Snowwhite" preamp, a small Audiolab amp and Kef LS50) is connected with Morrow cables. Those low capacity connectors enhance the openess and definition of the system. If I want more bass I choose Audio Quest.
Hope I could give you some hints.

Greetz, Hans
Yeah I am definitely coming around to looking at other options. I have the option of just taking the cash offer for my speakers and looking somewhere else for cables.  Not knowing enough I thought it would be easier to buy from the same place I was selling to.  Now I will be looking at the ideas all of yall have given me and make a decision from that. 
Kimber Carbon series just came out & the MXL & BFXL have just been redone. Very mice stuff.  Select is even better. 
Have a look at Straightwire cables.
For what it's worth, I have a pair of 8VS from Kimber.  Very happy with the cables.  Excellent build quality and the folks at Kimber were great to work with.
I have found that Kimber Kable works best with interconnects between gear. I have not explored speaker connects
How would yall rate Transparent speaker cables.? I'm looking at the Musicwave speaker cable from them. 
@cvbryso OP

Hi, as mentioned earlier im using the Music Link Ultra, XLR from ML326S pre- to Pass X350.5 poweramp. 
I'd various others not bad at all, yet this one now will stay.
Hard to imagine it can be bettered. 
Michélle 🇿🇦 
@OP, 
I would steer clear of Transparent. Way overpriced for what you get.
Plus, a horrible resale depreciation.
B
I have the Aria 936 and went from the Rocket 44 to Kimber 8tc. I much prefer the Kimber. The AQ seemed to suck the life out of my system. The Kimber, to me, are very neutral
Kimber all the way.
I have had both over the years and also build my own cables.
Being a cable building hobbiest I have dissected both. With Kimber the different cores and quality of cable materials are clearly different grades as described. I also admire that Kimber will sell the raw cable to their customers.
With Kimber you clearly get what you paid for, as described.A very important factor in any speaker cable, keep them as short as you possible can. Every time you shorten a speaker cable there is noticable improvement in speaker quality, hence perhaps why active speakers like ATC's are so incredibly superior....there are no speaker cables!
Good luck and most of all....HAVE FUN!
+1 Another vote for Kimber Kable 8TC. The above referenced video is excellent.
Have had both prefer Kimber. I am using the 8tc now and have no problems at all. Quality and price a good buy. 
I've been using Kimber 8TC with my Focal speakers for years and have zero complaints.  Worked seamlessly and gloriously with my Martin Logans as well.  I've also used Audio Quest in same system but went back to Kimber, either 8TC  or 12TC.  Love my Kimber Hero interconnects as well.
I have always had good experiences with Kimber.  I own an assortment for different applications and systems.
I have the Aria 936 and went from the Rocket 44 to Kimber 8tc. I much prefer the Kimber. The AQ seemed to suck the life out of my system. The Kimber, to me, are very neutral

You had a gold-plated spade/banana on the Rocket 44.  The solid-core of the Rocket 44 are very neutral and not harsh.  The gold plated terminations definitely make things warmer and the end result could have been too dull sounding.  The Kimber typically uses it's own terminations, which are a plated allow - much more neutral.
Kimber of course.  
Audioquest is the new monster and they offer no measurements on their speakers with "dbs" or without.  THey are snake-oil salesmen.