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good speaker cable,
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This review is from: RCA AH16100R 100 feet 16-Gauge Speaker Wire (Electronics)
I am no pro but I can say that I can not tell the difference between this speaker cable and the more expensive stuff. I've been doing this sort of thing for many years and always used the more expensive cables but a friend, who is in the business, told me recently that copper wire is copper wire, no matter what company you buy it from and as long as the wire is shielded properly, why pay more? Made sense to me so I tried it and guess what? He was right! I don't have test devices to check OHM loss and all that stuff, only my ear and my ear tells me I can't tell the difference at any volume or range. Never too old to learn something new!
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Initial post: Nov 23, 2009 7:47:42 PM PST
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2009 7:57:40 PM PST
Retired Dan says:
If wire gauge is really a major factor, you should purchase a wire gauge scale from any contractors supply company to check the gauge of the wire. I worked for a major utility company for 37 years and I do happen to have a wire gauge. Also, check out "speaker wire" at Wikipedia.com for what to really look for in speaker wire. Hope this helps?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2009 2:05:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 21, 2009 2:06:50 PM PST
You finally got the truth, danny!
You won't have any losses with 16-gauge (lamp cord) in a normal home installation...
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2009 7:12:59 PM PST
Wire gauges/cutters are available at Home Depot, and most hardware stores..
Posted on May 19, 2010 11:32:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 19, 2010 11:45:07 PM PDT
Posted on Dec 10, 2010 7:46:13 AM PST
Michael Zoran says:
You are wrong about the prices you have.
I've never seen 100' of Monster Cable speaker wire for only $32!
In fact, I was in Radio Shack last night and saw 50' of the stuff for $50...Even on websites such as Amazon the 100' stuff from Moster is usually $52 or more.
The bottom line is that Monster Cable charges way too much for their wires. HDMI cables and speaker wire are the perfect examples. HDMI cables that stores sell for $79.99 from Monster are purchased for only $5.00. I have a friend who works for Best Buy and he gets to purchase stuff for "Cost plus 5%." He purchased those $79.99 Monster HDMI cables for only $5.50.
By the way, I recommend you do NOT do business with Best Buy. Just take a look at the tens-of-thousands of complaints over the last 36 months with the Better Business Bureau. Plus there are five states Attorney Generals seeking legal action against Best Buy for not honoring warranites and insurance. I bought a $400 insurance policy from Best Buy on my HDTV and Best Buy did not honor it.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2012 8:46:17 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 3, 2012 8:47:30 PM PST
Flocons De Mais says:
Michael, if the story about your friend is true, then it would appear that it's Best Buy that's charging too much for the cables, not Monster. I don't buy it anyway. (besides... it would be $5.25)
In any case, this stuff is copper coated aluminum so it's effectively 18 gauge (copper equivalent).
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2012 8:34:32 PM PST
voice of reason says:
somebody doesnt eat enough fiber...
In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 6:42:24 PM PDT
Adam Baldwin says:
He's wrong about more than just the prices. Analog signals? This is SPEAKER WIRE. They're all analog signals. A transducer is an analog device. Never mind the nonsense about frequencies that humans can't hear.
Posted on Jul 1, 2012 4:12:51 PM PDT
Zach S. says:
One more thing I'll add is (your review is excellent btw), you may want to take a soldering iron and some good solder and tin the ends. That way the ends won't oxidize over time and it gives you a flatter surface that the speaker connectors won't bite into, so you end up with a better connection.