An Introduction to Speaker Wires

eiodotcom —  August 30, 2012 — Leave a comment

Today’s Eio post is on speaker wire.

Speaker wire is also commonly known as zip cord. Its main use is to create an electrical connection between loudspeakers and audio amplifiers. Most speaker wires consist of two or more electrical conductors that although are electrically identical, are marked to identify the correct audio signal polarity.

When selecting which type of speaker wire is right for your electronic needs, Wikipedia gives this advice:

“Speaker wires are selected based on price, quality of construction, aesthetic purpose, and convenience. Stranded wire is more flexible than solid wire, and is suitable for movable equipment. For a wire that will be exposed rather than run within walls, under floor coverings, or behind moldings (such as in a home), appearance may be a benefit, but it is irrelevant to electrical characteristics. Better jacketing may be thicker or tougher, less chemically reactive with the conductor, less likely to tangle and easier to pull through a group of other wires, or may incorporate a number of shielding techniques for non-domestic uses.”

Cables To Go 43108 1000ft 16/4 CL2 In-Wall Speaker Wire

This is the right cable to install audio throughout your house. Made from 65 strands of 99.9% high-purity copper, this speaker wire is very flexible and less likely to kink during installation. CL2-rated for use inside walls, this wire features a flame-retardant white PVC jacket that helps to diminish the potential of fire spreading between floors.

The wire’s design features conductors twisted upon each other that makes the cable round and much easier to pull throughout the house than the flat or zip-cord style. Inner conductors are color-coded for easy identification.

Cables To Go 40532 500ft 18 AWG Bulk Speaker Wire

This cost-effective wire provides maximum sound for your dollar. Clear PVC jacket with white marker enables easy polarity identification. The high strand count offers maximum flexibility for easier installations. For the two 18 AWG conductors, each conductor is manufactured from 3 bundles of 24 copper strands. Cross section of the wire is 0.10in x 0.20in.

MONSTER CABLE 127865 XP Clear Jacket – Compact Speaker cable (100 FEET)

Compact High Performance Speaker Cable
Advanced speaker cable for hookup of speakers to stereo and surround sound home theater systems. Monster XP’s compact design makes it ideal for high-performance installations where space is at a premium.

Outstanding Sonic Performance at an Attractive Price
XP’s exclusive Magnetic Flux Tube and Special LPE Insulation let you hear more of the music with deeper, tighter bass, better imaging, and powerful dynamic range that easily surpasses ordinary zip cord and many more costly “audiophile” cables.

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