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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 12AWG CL2 Rated 2-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 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.
- Atmos Sales Sheet (Apr 24, 2017)
Questions and Answers
PROS: True to actual copper wire gauge, rather than getting all jacket and no wire.
PROS: price, quality, ease of use.
PROS: Affordable, durable, good quality
CONS: There is none great product!
PROS: Great quality, easy to install plugs.
CONS: A little wide, making it hard to run through certain speaker stands.
Very good quality and durable!
PROS: None. Works great.
CONS: Gauge might be too thick for some speakers.
If you're running small speakers, consider going 14 AWG
PROS: Quick delivery, received what I ordered, good price.
CONS: None (other than beware of how big 12 gauge CL-2 wire really is).
Thank you for your review. I see you already have an RMA in place. If you were looking for a smaller gauge wire we do have the following cables in the same length:
Please let me know if you need any further assistance. Hope this helps!
PROS: Affordable, strong, long
CONS: Difficult to manipulate the thick wires unless you have the proper tools.
8 months ago
The only thing I wish was a little different is that the outer sheathing is fairly loose on the two inner wires, but that didn't change the functionality of it. I would buy this again for just about any application. Great for budget builds that don't want to cut corners.
4 months ago