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Monster Speaker Wire XLN 16 Gauge (50 Ft Spool, Blue & Silver)
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- 100% Genuine Authentic Monster Cable. Up to 800 Watt Power Handling
- SingleHelix Construction (2 Conductor): Tightly twisted conductors in a helical configuration help eliminate electromagnetic low-frequency inductively coupled noise
- Patented Magnetic Flux Tube: Breaks up internal electromagnetic fields for less distortion and increased dynamic range
- Advanced XLN (Xtra Low Noise) Construction: Protects against noise-producing interference found in the car environment
- Duraflex Protective Jacket: Flexible for easier installs; UV stabilized for maximum durability
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Monster’s XLN cables are designed with a large copper conductor surface area and XLN noise rejection. Whether you are listening to music or enjoying a movie or video game, you can get the best sound from your speakers by using Monster’s XLN performance speaker cable.
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This speaker wire is by no means cutting edge, but it does have useful trickle down features that make it a high value solution. Much better than "zip" wire (twin conductor like lamp wire- the original speaker wire), the positive and negative leads are individually insulated, helix twisted, then encased in a clear PVC jacket. This results in an overall cable diameter of about 1/4-inch. The PVC outer jacket is smooth, making it easy to route and pull through the vehicle; I performed a full custom rewire of a medium sized SUV and had no difficulty in this area. The only downside to the outer jacket (and the reason I gave four stars) is that it has to be slit and trimmed back to expose the two inner conductors. This is a minor inconvenience compared to all the benefits the outer jacket provides (ease of install and additional protection), but you do have to be careful not to cut through the insulation of the inner wire or your finger (I slipped once and got my thumb pretty good- I found a good pair of cut-resistant gloves for day two of my install and will never work again without them!). As it turns out, I never did cut the inner jackets by mistake; I would say it is just as easy to make a bad cut on cheaper zip line. The outer PVC jacket is very tough but pliable; this renders the whole cable flexible enough to work with, but stiff enough to stay where you want it.
This is true 16-gauge wire and accepts blue (16-18 gauge) crimp-on connectors perfectly. Overall, a good quality, basic speaker cable- especially for the price. Recommended with a warning to be careful cutting the outer jacket, then highly recommended.
My only complaint is the overall diameter, makes it hard to run this cable beneath a flush panel. But it was of no concern for me, I just re-routed everything and cleaned it up nicer. I'll definitely use this again in either a home install, or even a vehicle install. 50 feet goes a long way unless you're running long lengths of cable from a 4-channel amp.
I actually used this on my subwoofer as well, just ran both strands together, and ran two lenghts of cable. I marked each one with black and red heat-shrink tube to mark which one is which. Looks nice. matches everything else coming out of my amplifiers, is strong, appealing, and I will never worry about cutting or wearing through.
- True 16 gauge wires
- Color coded wires make it easy to tell positive from negative
- Outer sheath offers some additonal protection and helps when installing
- Twisted strands help prevent crosstalk
- This is not copper wire, it is aluminum. At $15 for 50 feet, that makes sense, but if you are looking for copper, look elsewhere
- The outer sheathing is difficult to strip without severing through to the inner wire. I tried a wide variety of wire stripping/cutting tools, and none of them worked well. The sheath is not perfectly round, so even ethernet-type cutters will either cut too deep on the wide sides, or not go through on the narrow sides. Slitting between the inner wires is difficult too, as they are twisted. Each end terminated took 2-3 tries to get the outer sheath off without screwing up the inner cable.
All in all, the sound quality seems decent enough. I don't know how much better it's going to get if I went to all OFC instead.