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Let the buyer beware
By Eric Marsh
When we added a sun room onto the home I ran speaker wiring and added speakers both inside the room and outside in the patio area. I used a 14 gauge wire from a brand name manufacturer (Pyle) since it is a long run and would be permanent.
Since we're going to have a party I decided to test the outdoor speakers. They were both dead. When I started to diagnose the problem I discovered that the wire had cleanly broken off at the post. I got my wire strippers out and when I tried to get some clean wire to attach the wire kept breaking along with the insulation.
So what's the deal? It turns out that the speaker wire is copper colored aluminum. It deteriorated as aluminum wire is prone to doing when exposed to weather. Since the stuff was run when the room was built when it's gone there's no easy way to replace it.
There was no way to know that the wire wasn't copper when buying it. It looks like copper and nowhere does it say what it's actually made of. I took some scotchbrite to some of the wire that I had left over and sure enough the copper color came off, leaving aluminum.
Talk about deliberately ripping off the consumer! Let the buyer beware.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Closer to #13, and not pure copper ... but who cares? It works fine.
Wired up the speakers. A couple of runs were about 40 ft. It works just fine. No surprise. No need for ridiculously expensive, oxygen free, unidirectional, phase balanced, bla, bla, bla, Super Duper cable. Do yourself a favor, Google 2 things... "roger russell Mcintosh" and check out his speaker wire page, then google "speaker wire coat hangers".
The wire I received is not two colors like in the pictures. Both are copper colored. One is marked with a red stripe. The cut ends do look like copper clad aluminum, but that's not important. I do not have a microscope to confirm.
I measured the conductor at ~ 0.078" diameter, which is little thinner than I'd expect. #12 solid is spec'd at 0.080" dia. and multi-strand is normally a little thicker to make up for the space between strands. This is multi-strand. For comparison sake, #14 solid is 0.064", #13 solid is 0.073, with stranded being a little thicker. Also, I was able to slide a #14 ferrule crimp over the wire with a little effort. I'd say this is closer to #13 than #12. This causes an issue when stripping. I have a good pair of Klein wire strippers with holes for different wire gauges. In the #12 hole it does not get all the insulation off. I think the insulation is unnecessarily thick. You must cut & rotate a few times. In the #14 hole it strips away a few strands of the conductor. I find if I use the #14 hole but do not squeeze as tight, then release a little bit before pulling the insulation off it strips well.
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Quick guide to wire application - 14-GA. works most efficiently.
By Robert L. Jones
Superb wire at a great price. No issues here as wire unrolled evenly. See chart below lengths runs based on ohms. High-power in-car audio systems using 2-ohm speaker circuits require thicker wire than 4 to 8-ohm home audio applications.
Wire size 2 ? load 4 ? load 6 ? load 8 ? load
22 AWG (0.326 mm2) 3 ft (0.9 m) 6 ft (1.8 m) 9 ft (2.7 m) 12 ft (3.6 m)
20 AWG (0.518 mm2) 5 ft (1.5 m) 10 ft (3 m) 15 ft (4.5 m) 20 ft (6 m)
18 AWG (0.823 mm2) 8 ft (2.4 m) 16 ft (4.9 m) 24 ft (7.3 m) 32 ft (9.7 m)
16 AWG (1.31 mm2) 12 ft (3.6 m) 24 ft (7.3 m) 36 ft (11 m) 48 ft (15 m)
14 AWG (2.08 mm2) 20 ft (6.1 m) 40 ft (12 m) 60 ft (18 m)* 80 ft (24 m)*
12 AWG (3.31 mm2) 30 ft (9.1 m) 60 ft (18 m)* 90 ft (27 m)* 120 ft (36 m)*
10 AWG (5.26 mm2) 50 ft (15 m) 100 ft (30 m)* 150 ft (46 m)* 200 ft (61 m)*