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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, 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.
Others have said this stuff is thick and you aren't going to be using it on push terminals.
I had trouble with the insulation being being too thick to fit into the closed screw bananaplugs here on monoprice and had to shave the insulation down to get a nice finish, of course, this stuff is designed to be permanently installed so you shouldn't ever be using it with banana plugs but I am using it for my inwall runs as well as the wallplate to speaker runs.
PROS: Quality construction, well insulated, jacket is labeled making length estimates and measurements very easy.
CONS: very stiff
insulation on wires thick and can interfere with banana plugs.
PROS: Strips easy
CONS: Slightly large outer jacket (it is 12AWG after all)
PROS: CL2 Certified
Easy to pull through walls
PROS: Apart from the obviousgreat product at a great priceI did like the fact that the linear feet are stamped on the wire casing, making it easy to always tell how much you have pulled/how much you have remaining.
9 months ago
PROS: Well made, solid speaker wires, as usual your products are first class A rated.
CONS: Which you guys were in canada..
6 months ago
PROS: Solid construction, easy to work with
Wires are insulated with black and red inside all inside a white outer jacket that is marked with footage
Good quality thick copper makes for solid wall plate connections
CONS: This is a thick wire be prepared to work a little harder to pull it through the walls
Box was a little hard to pull wire out of, took two people to feed it cleanly
Be careful to ensure to check where you plan on terminating this wire, some things will choke on this wire. If it is a push in red or black button type this cable probably is too thick for that termination. I have had no issue with binding posts or the banana plugs (closed screw) found here on monoprice.