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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, 250ft
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.
Questions and Answers
PROS: Good price
CONS: The cable was spliced
PROS: Flexible, economical and it's very high quality.
There is no need to buy expensive cables at high prices. (MONSTER or BLUE HEAVENS) the sound quality difference is pretty minimal. Speaker wire can be a snake oil industry. Fortuneately there is places like monoprice. Quick and packed well shipping, amazing customer service, can't be beat.
PROS: This is high quality at a fantastic price.
CONS: This is high quality at a fantastic price.
Two minor nitpicking points:
1) the white jacket is not a problem for in-wall installation, but black sleeving may be necessary for the exposed segments in dark-room installations.
2) This is really nitpicking, but a larger diameter spool would make the cable less prone to unruly coiling near the end of the spool.
PROS: Higher flexibility than expected
High copper strand count
CONS: Nothing significant
PROS: Quality, price
PROS: Incredible price for some seriously nice wiring. Wanted something good to run through the walls for my rear surround channels.
CONS: Once stripped, the wire itself is quite thick. So much so, that it would not fit into my "clip style" surround speakers. I had to trim back some of the strands so that it would fit. Really, I was running it through the walls, so some overkill in terms of gauge was warranted. Another minor complaint is that the jacket is white and stands out like a sore thumb. Is it too much to ask for a black jacketed wire?
PROS: Excellent cable at a great price from a terrific company.
PROS: Good quality, low price.
CONS: In wall cover can snag.