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6ft High-quality Coaxial Audio/Video RCA CL2 Rated Cable - RG6/U 75ohm (for S/PDIF, Digital Coax, Subwoofer & Compos...
Access™ Series 16AWG CL2 Rated 4-Conductor Speaker Wire, 100ft
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 four 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.
PROS: Best price I found out there.
PROS: Outstanding quality as always with Monoprice
CONS: Local delivery was horrible. Package was left in the middle of the street,thus the 9 rating.
Red - R+
Black - R-
Blue - L+
Brown - L-
Basically, anyone who tells you that you that thicker wire will sound better is either trying to sell you thicker wire, or already bought thicker wire and is trying to justify the amount of money they spent.
PROS: Enough conductors for two speakers.
Correctly sized for ~50 foot runs to 8 ohm speakers.
Substituted some of this for my audiophile friend's $10/foot cable and nobody could tell the difference.
Most people don't notice the wire until I point it out (I'm in a rental so can't go in-wall).
Rated for in-wall installation in most areas.
The casing is slick enough it looks pretty easy to pull through PVC raceways.
CONS: Large diameter.
Black print kinda stands out.
PROS: Good quality wire at a much lower price than elsewhere. Was comparable to a roll I saw at a retail store for three times the price with a thinner outer jacket and only 2 conductors.