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Access™ Series 16AWG CL2 Rated 2-Conductor Speaker Wire, 500ft
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Access™ Series 16AWG CL2 Rated 2-Conductor Speaker Wire, 500ft

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.

27 Reviews

94.44% of the reviewers recommend this product

  • Anonymous,
  •  Montrose, CO 
  • 4/20/2015 11:25:44 AM

Pros: Excellent product at a very competitive price point

Will continue to use this product

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Good prewire cable

  • Anonymous,
  •  Tucson, AZ 
  • 6/20/2014 7:46:21 AM

Pros: HIgh quality speaker wire at a great price.

Cons: Shipping was a little high, but still beats any cost you'll find at a local retail store

Overall very satisfied, will continue to use for future pre-wires and post-contstruction home theater installations.

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It is what it is

  • jeffpzy,
  •  Cedar Park, TX 
  • 4/12/2013 6:16:26 AM

Pros: Great price
Good quality cable

Great quality cable at a great price. What more could you ask for? I use this type of cable for most home pre-wires and it's great. easy to pull and insulated.

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  • Anonymous,
  •  La Grande, OR 
  • 3/25/2013 7:06:47 AM

Pros: Came quick.

Cons: I specified sheilded speaker wire and got loudspesker wire. Didnt have time to go through sending it back so will see if a problrm arrises.

DONT feel I got what I ordered. When I googled you folks I specified sheilded speaker wire.

by Monoprice Administrator

Thank you for your review and my apologies for the issues you have experienced with PID 3846. A shame this didnt work out for your needs.. Now if you'd like, I can help setup an RMA for a return. If you would like me to proceed with the RMA, all I would need is the order # this speaker wire is under. Sorry again for the trouble and thanks in advance!

Jonathan Arteaga
Tech Support Associate
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Speaker wire

  • lmaldo41,
  •  Garden Grove, CA 
  • 7/27/2012 4:20:06 PM

Pros: Good cable for installation of ceiling or wall mount speakers. Has good transmission of speaker signal from amp to any type of speakers.

Cons: None

Very good speaker wire easy to rip the jack for terminations.

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