Access™ Series 12AWG CL2 Rated 2-Conductor Speaker Wire, 50ft
    Product # 2816
    Access™ Series 12AWG CL2 Rated 2-Conductor Speaker Wire, 50ft
    Product # 2816
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    Access™ Series 12AWG CL2 Rated 2-Conductor Speaker Wire, 50ft

    Get the most out of your home audio system with high quality, oxygen-free, pure bare copper speaker wire from Monoprice!

    This speaker wire features two conductors made of high purity (greater than 99.95% pure), oxygen-free bare copper. Pure Bare Copper is a superior conductor to the copper clad aluminum (CCA) conductors used in most other inexpensive speaker wire. CCA is only about 68% as conductive as pure bare copper. This additional resistance is added to the impedance of your speakers and can negatively effect the sound.

    For the wire to have no audible effect, the total wire resistance should be no more than 5% of the lowest impedance of your speakers. Even speakers rated for a nominal 8-ohms, may dip to as low as 4-ohms at some frequencies, which further reduces the total cable resistance allowed in the wire. Using Pure Bare Copper speaker wire ensures that the total load put on the amplifier remains as close as possible to the impedance curve of your speakers.

    For example, a 16AWG 2-conductor Pure Bare Copper speaker wire has a total resistance of 0.803 ohms per 100 feet (both directions must be considered). By comparison, a 16AWG 2-conductor CCA speaker wire has a total resistance of 1.181 ohms per 100 feet. Assuming 4 ohms is the lowest impedance of your speakers, a speaker wire run can be no more 0.2-ohms total. 20 feet of 16AWG Pure Bare Copper would be 0.1606 ohms, well under the 0.2-ohm limit. On the other hand, 20 feet of 16AWG CCA would be 0.2362 ohms, well OVER the 0.2-ohm limit.

    Each conductor is jacketed with color-coded PVC for easy polarity identification. The entire cable assembly is jacketed in a white, CL2-rated PVC material. The CL2 rating indicates that the cable complies with fire safety and insurance requirements, making it safe for use inside the walls of residential class buildings.

    81 Reviews

    98.4% of the reviewers recommend this product


    perfect solution

    • Anonymous,
    •  Los Angeles, CA 
    • 4/6/2016 5:36:49 PM

    Pros: great quality, great price, fantastic service from Monoprice

    Cons: none

    Replacing the hardwood floor in my home gave me an excuse to replace the speaker cables for my home theater 7.1 surround system. Had old flat 12awg cables purchased from Fry's many years ago. Snaked these new cables through the wall and under the house so I no longer have an ugly mess and tripping hazard. Plus the impedance now matches on all my cables and it has made a big difference in sound quality.

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    improved sound

    • Anonymous,
    •  san jose, CA 
    • 2/17/2016 9:56:13 AM

    changed to these cables. what a difference. sound improved. also blinds in with wall. easy to connect to speaker poles.

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    • Anonymous,
    •  Grand Rapids, MI 
    • 10/5/2015 2:08:13 PM

    Pros: Excellent product for the price with timely shipping

    Cons: none

    Monoprice is my future source for all wiring eeds

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    • Anonymous,
    •  Portland, OR 
    • 5/10/2015 8:01:30 PM

    Pros: Nice wire with good flexibility.

    Nice wire with good flexibility.

    These are possibly not cons, but they were for my use:
    1. The PVC jacket does not fit super snugly around the red & black wire (they are by no means "swimming" inside of the PVC either)
    2. The red and black wires are not bound together. They are both loose strands inside the PVC jacket.

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    Nice wire.

    • Mongo171,
    •  Buffalo, NY 
    • 3/31/2015 10:57:52 AM

    Pros: Easy to route.
    Nice wire.
    Easy to work with.
    Good bang for the buck.

    Cons: Outer covering nicks really easily.

    This was a pleasant surprise. I don't buy into that snake oil that says you need to spend thousands on speaker cable. This is a good quality product and works really well. The only issue I had when routing the cables were the outer coating nicked really easily. Highly recommended.

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