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CCA, Not 100% Copper!
on June 20, 2013
I'm not about to debate CCA versus 100% Copper wire. My disdain is simple: There is absolutely NO indication that this wire is CCA! The product description itself is very misleading! In fact, the text criticizes the mass of other wire (assume 100% copper) then fails to divulge the use of lightweight aluminum in this wire. Heck, it might not even be aluminum, but whatever the material, it is a silver-colored core with copper crust.
Here is the item description as of June 20, 2013:
"GLS Audio speaker wire is manufactured with the highest grade materials in the industry. And most importantly, is rated in true AWG spec which stands for "American Wire Gauge". The AWG rating was developed by the USA as a result of some wire manufacturers stating their wire was a certain spec when it really wasn't. You'll notice most imported wire and cable manufacturers will rate their wire in "G" or Gauge (not AWG). The "G" rating can be used for any wire size. For example: A 12G rated cable may only be equivalent to a 18AWG cable (or worse). There are no regulations or specifications on "G" rated cables. How can you determine if a "G" rated cable is the same spec as an AWG cable? Unfortunately, you can't unless you test the power loss per foot. Sometimes the weight may be an indicator. For example: GLS Audio 500ft 12AWG spool weighs about 25 lbs whereas most of our competitors only weigh about 15lbs. This may be a direct result of the wire gauge not being true AWG."
The four product photos all 'seem' to show copper wire, yet that is NOT what you are getting. Although the seller was otherwise fine to deal with, this is a big negative against them.
If you are claiming the 'finest materials in the industry' then it damn well better be!
Me no like, bad medicine.
UPDATE AUGUST 10 2013
The seller has now included a note that it is CCA. This info was missing when I purchased the item.