Speaker Wires

People spend a lot of time searching for quality speakers without realizing that not even the top of the line loudspeakers will provide you with the optimal quality sound unless you acquire the right wiring. Because most products don't come with their own speaker wire, searching for the right one could be slightly confusing at first. However, by using these tips, you can make sure you purchase the wiring that will have a positive impact on the sound quality of your system.

1. Conductivity

Because copper is inexpensive and makes a great conductor, nowadays most speaker wires incorporate this metal. Some suggest that expensive cables featuring gold have a better conductivity, although this topic is still up for debate. In addition to conductor materials, some wires come with special features that also grant protection against interference. Therefore, in order to enjoy the best sound possible from your system, look for special characteristics when selecting speaker wire.

2. Length

A quality sound is dependent on the three front speakers having wires of equivalent length that provide the same amount of power and resonate at a similar volume. And, as a rule of thumb, more wire length means an equal amount of resistance. However, if you made a hasty purchase and find out the length varies by a couple of feet when installing the system, don't panic. In general, a difference this small won't create noticeable effects in the output for home systems.

3. Thickness

The thickness or gauge indicates the wire's capacity of passing the amplified audio signals. Even though a lower gauge is preferred for better quality sound, it is necessary to mention that the ideal thickness depends on the length of the wire. With most cables ranging between 12 and 16 gauge, the first type work best with wires shorter than 50 feet, while the latter are perfect for wires longer than the aforementioned length. On a side note, when assessing the wire thickness, don't forget to account for the distance between the speakers and the amplifier or receiver. Because longer cables are known to experience power losses, sometimes it makes sense to purchase thicker cable. The bottom line is that with just a few exceptions, you won't be disappointed with the standard 16 AWG speaker wire.

4. Best types of wire

In the event that the wiring is not going through your walls, any speaker wire meeting the aforementioned criteria is a good choice. Still, if you value your home décor, it is recommended to select paintable cables that will match the rest of the colors in the room. On the other hand, if the wires will run through the walls, then the best choice are the wires labeled CL2 or CL3. These indicators refer to the heat generated by the cables, resistance to external stressors and the amount of time required to catch and spread fire.

5. Connectors

Selecting wires terminating with connectors that are already attached rather than bare ends reduces the chances of short-circuiting. The connectors can be divided into 5 categories, namely banana, pins, plugs, spade and dual, each of them providing a few advantages in various situations.

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12AWG CL2 Rated 2-Conductor Loud Speaker Cable - 50ft For In-Wall Installation

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12AWG CL2 Rated 2-Conductor Loud Speaker Cable - w 500ft For In-Wall Install.

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12AWG CL2 Rated 4-Conductor Loud Speaker Cable - w 100ft For In-Wall Installation

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12AWG Clear Jacket Compact Speaker Wire Cable - 50ft

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12AWG Clear Jacket Compact Speaker Wire Cable - w 300ft

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14AWG CL2 Rated 2-Conductor Loud Speaker Cable - 50ft For In-Wall Installation

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14AWG CL2 Rated 4-Conductor Loud Speaker Cable - w 100ft For In-Wall Installation

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14AWG Clear Jacket Compact Speaker Wire Cable - w 100ft

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14AWG Clear Jacket Compact Speaker Wire Cable - w 300ft

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16AWG CL2 Rated 2-Conductor Loud Speaker Cable - 50ft (For In-Wall Installation)

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16AWG CL2 Rated 4-Conductor Loud Speaker Cable - w 100ft For In-Wall Installation

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16AWG Clear Jacket Compact Speaker Wire Cable - 50ft

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18AWG CL2 Rated 2-Conductor Loud Speaker Cable - 50ft (For In-Wall Installation)

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