Best Speaker Cables in 2020



Mediabridge 14AWG 2-Conductor Speaker Wire (100 Feet, White) - 99.9% Oxygen Free Copper – ETL Listed & CL2 Rated for in-Wall Use (Part# SW-14X2-100-WH) Review:


I've been dabbling in high end audio for forty years. During this time I have gotten used to seeing obscenely priced
audio components, and the oftentimes ridiculously overpriced ancillary equipment that accompanies them - especially audio interconnects and speaker wire.

Whoever started Mediabridge must have gotten frustrated with this aspect of audio and decided to do something about it by offering quality audio and speaker cables at an extremely reasonable price. I have purchased several Mediabridge audio cables over the past few years and they continue to work flawlessly, never detracting from the music I listen to.

They are also constructed quite well.

I recently purchased some of Mediabridge's speaker cable (100 feet/16 gauge) and this product is typical of what
I have experienced with this company for the past several years; excellent quality for a pittance. I also like the fact that the speaker wire is clearly marked in order to make it easy for one to know exactly how many feet they need to cut for their speaker system.

The white plastic covering also makes for a nice clean installation.

These days, the audio enthusiast really has become spoiled given that for around $200 you can put together
an extremely nice sounding audio system (integrated amplifier, speakers, speaker wire and a mini 3.5
to a pair of RCA interconnects) - All of this equipment being driven by your own wireless computing device.

Take into account that YouTube has become the largest venue in the world for free music and you have
the most user friendly environment for music lovers in human history!

A big thanks to the folks at Mediabridge for remaining faithful to those of us who love music, yet don't have
boatloads of cash to spend on audio equipment.



Mediabridge 16AWG 2-Conductor Speaker Wire (100 Feet, White) - 99.9% Oxygen Free Copper – ETL Listed & CL2 Rated for in-Wall Use (Part# SW-16X2-100-WH) Review:


I've been dabbling in high end audio for forty years. During this time I have gotten used to seeing obscenely priced
audio components, and the oftentimes ridiculously overpriced ancillary equipment that accompanies them - especially audio interconnects and speaker wire.

Whoever started Mediabridge must have gotten frustrated with this aspect of audio and decided to do something about it by offering quality audio and speaker cables at an extremely reasonable price. I have purchased several Mediabridge audio cables over the past few years and they continue to work flawlessly, never detracting from the music I listen to.

They are also constructed quite well.

I recently purchased some of Mediabridge's speaker cable (100 feet/16 gauge) and this product is typical of what
I have experienced with this company for the past several years; excellent quality for a pittance. I also like the fact that the speaker wire is clearly marked in order to make it easy for one to know exactly how many feet they need to cut for their speaker system.

The white plastic covering also makes for a nice clean installation.

These days, the audio enthusiast really has become spoiled given that for around $200 you can put together
an extremely nice sounding audio system (integrated amplifier, speakers, speaker wire and a mini 3.5
to a pair of RCA interconnects) - All of this equipment being driven by your own wireless computing device.

Take into account that YouTube has become the largest venue in the world for free music and you have
the most user friendly environment for music lovers in human history!

A big thanks to the folks at Mediabridge for remaining faithful to those of us who love music, yet don't have
boatloads of cash to spend on audio equipment.



AmazonBasics 100ft 16-Gauge Audio Stereo Speaker Wire Cable - 100 Feet Review:


This is exactly what it is supposed to be-- low cost, consumer grade speaker wire.

We use this to connect our 15-year-old consumer-grade amplifier to our old consumer-grade speakers, to play music and movie sound-tracks streamed over the internet at whatever bit-rate our connection happens to support at the moment. The speakers are placed on whatever flat surface we can find, in whatever arrangement gives us some semblance of stereo and "surround", in a living room where "acoustics" take a back seat to "not having things fall on our heads."

The impedance-matching to the speakers, the cable's power loss, the frequency response, are all 2nd-order optimizations where we are just looking for the first approximation. We just want durable cable that will not break easily if pulled or set-upon, that will not short the amplifier with ordinary use, and whose performance is no worse than the other aspects of our setup. We understand the difference between copper and copper-clad aluminum, and the impact of wire gague on signal fidelity. We have our own multi-meters, oscilliscopes and RMS power meters, and we just don't care.

If you're an audiophile, odds are you are not even sniffing the Amazon Basics, much less reading this review. You are not researching whether this cable will let you hear the timpanist's heartbeat during the 2nd movement of Beethoven's 9th, even though audiophiles claim it can be done. You are too busy putting anti-reflective coating the edges of your CDs and putting your amplifiers on tiny little conical feet. You buy artisan crafted, hand-pulled pure copper cable extracted from sustainable mines by free-range miners, encased in fair-trade gold-foil RF shielding and wrapped with organic cotton-fiber sheath dyed in native traditional patterns.

This cable is not excellent, but it is all the cable we need.



AmazonBasics 16-Gauge Audio Stereo Speaker Wire Cable - 50 Feet Review:


It's a big roll of speaker wire and doesn't cost very much. If you need speaker wire, it does the trick. One line is marked and one isn't so you can use that as a guide to route your positive and negative signal correctly. The wire itself curls and twists easily enough so it isn't to difficult to get it plugged into your devices. The casing is sturdy (perhaps to sturdy, it took me quite a bit of force to strip properly) so it should hold up over a long period of time and easily handles moves as well. Bends easier than I'd like, which has given me signal loss issues, but adjusting the positioning of the wire usually resolves that. 16-gauge is a good baseline if you've not done speaker wire before so this is a good place to start if you are looking to get a basic audio setup.



InstallGear 14 Gauge AWG 100ft Speaker Wire Cable - Red/Black Review:


Packaging:
Wire was wound up on a spool and then wrapped up with packing wrap. Spool was sent in a padded shipping envelope, packing was adequate.
Product:
Copper wire is coated in red and black coating, which helps to ensure that polarity is not crossed when connecting speakers. Jacketing/coating is thick enough to ensure insulation but soft enough to splice, when connecting speakers to receiver.
I purchased this wire to connect SVS surround system to a Yamaha receiver, so I wanted good quality wire so chances of breakage in speaker wires could be eliminated. I am very happy with this purchase as this wire is firm enough to guard against breaks but soft and flexible enough to be run along baseboards and tacked into place!



AmazonBasics 14-Gauge Audio Stereo Speaker Wire Cable - 50 Feet Review:


No complaints. 1/10 the price of what it would've cost to buy wire like this at a giant home improvement store that rhymes with "repo" (if they had it, which they didn't).

That said, I don't subscribe much to the "oxygen-free copper mega-wire" religion, and believe that ohms are ohms and farads are farads, and when you use components like wire that meet the electrical requirements, you're going to get what scientific theory predicts. So how it sounds is a pretty silly thing to rate it on, from my perspective. This wire sounds like exactly what I expected it to sound like in my application: totally transparent. Don't assume that I'm not a demanding listener: I listen to a lot of vinyl on a multi $k turntable with a multi $k cartridge through tube electronics that I design and build myself that compares favorably with multi $k products in a listening room with consciously designed frequency and phase response, so I know a thing or two about audio reproduction. Wire is just not where the magic sauce is to be found. And this Amazon wire is one heck of a great deal.



AmazonBasics 14-Gauge Audio Speaker Wire Cable - 99.9% Oxygen-Free Copper, 100 Feet Review:


I've always had issues in my house with interference coming from a radio tower that's close by. I've bought surge protectors with RF filters and a Blue Jeans subwoofer isolation transformer to eliminate noise in my subwoofer. I had by main tower and center speakers bi-wired (since they support that and are 6 ohm). I had them wired with an older stock of 14 guage speaker wire and Dynex wire I bought from Best Buy. I also have 4 surrounds (that can be either dipole or bipole at 8 ohm), that have single pairs of posts, and they were all wired with various runs of length to go (longest one being 40 feet, which goes around the molding of my room). Well my right back surround speaker (the one closest to the radio tower) began having static with 7.1 audio tracks. I tried exchanging speakers and the same position was exhibiting static, so I knew there was interference. I looked up the difference with 99.9% O2 free and CL2 rated wire. Even though I wasn't going to run it under my floors (which would be beyond a major hassle), I decided having the larger diameter white insulation would be good (it's not too conspicuous since it runs with my white wall molding). The quality of this Amazon brand wiring is very good (I'm sure the same as Mediabridge). I decided 14 gauge was good for my application, and it does turn out that this 14 gauge is larger diameter then my old wiring (I use the 12 gauge setting on my wire stripper, because 14 would cut some strands). This proves that not all "14 gauge" is the same, and with this Amazon wire, you're getting more then what you pay for. I decided to simplify my mains and have some of this copper wire connect the pair of binding posts (since it's much better quality then the jumpers that came with the speakers). It used to be I bi-wired to get some better detail in my towers, but I do think this wire's quality makes it unnecessary. All the speakers do seem to have some more loudness and there's no static (think the quality and maybe the red and black wires twisting around each other helps with interference). The only other feature I haven't brought up is that the outer jacket does have markings for every foot....so it is nice that you can easily figure each run of speaker.



AmazonBasics 14-Gauge Audio Speaker Wire Cable - 99.9% Oxygen-Free Copper, 200 Feet Review:


I've always had issues in my house with interference coming from a radio tower that's close by. I've bought surge protectors with RF filters and a Blue Jeans subwoofer isolation transformer to eliminate noise in my subwoofer. I had by main tower and center speakers bi-wired (since they support that and are 6 ohm). I had them wired with an older stock of 14 guage speaker wire and Dynex wire I bought from Best Buy. I also have 4 surrounds (that can be either dipole or bipole at 8 ohm), that have single pairs of posts, and they were all wired with various runs of length to go (longest one being 40 feet, which goes around the molding of my room). Well my right back surround speaker (the one closest to the radio tower) began having static with 7.1 audio tracks. I tried exchanging speakers and the same position was exhibiting static, so I knew there was interference. I looked up the difference with 99.9% O2 free and CL2 rated wire. Even though I wasn't going to run it under my floors (which would be beyond a major hassle), I decided having the larger diameter white insulation would be good (it's not too conspicuous since it runs with my white wall molding). The quality of this Amazon brand wiring is very good (I'm sure the same as Mediabridge). I decided 14 gauge was good for my application, and it does turn out that this 14 gauge is larger diameter then my old wiring (I use the 12 gauge setting on my wire stripper, because 14 would cut some strands). This proves that not all "14 gauge" is the same, and with this Amazon wire, you're getting more then what you pay for. I decided to simplify my mains and have some of this copper wire connect the pair of binding posts (since it's much better quality then the jumpers that came with the speakers). It used to be I bi-wired to get some better detail in my towers, but I do think this wire's quality makes it unnecessary. All the speakers do seem to have some more loudness and there's no static (think the quality and maybe the red and black wires twisting around each other helps with interference). The only other feature I haven't brought up is that the outer jacket does have markings for every foot....so it is nice that you can easily figure each run of speaker.



GS Power 12 Ga Gauge 100 Feet CCA Copper Clad Aluminum Red/Black 2 Conductor Bonded Zip Cord Speaker Cable for Car Audio, Home Theater, LED Light, Model Train, Amplifier, Trailer Harness Wiring Review:


No problems, but has a "cheapness" to the sleeving. That said, it has not failed me yet. I was going to rate it 4 stars but it is what it is for the price. Get what you pay for. This will most likely work perfectly fine for you as it has for me. Good quality wire is really expensive so keep that in mind.



InstallGear 16 Gauge Speaker Wire Cable, 100 feet Review:


I bought this cable to replace some speaker cables on my computer; I had originally used some cheap solid doorbell wire I found laying around my shop, and while it worked okay, I didn't like the look or feel of it. I wanted something better, and I also wanted something I could use to carry DC power if I needed it.

When this cable arrived, my first thought was "Uh-oh. 16 gauge might be a bit too large for my application..."

I thought I'd try it anyhow. I'm not an audio professional by any means, but I know that thicker wire can be better, so I decided to go for it. I am glad I did!

Right after unwrapping the roll (simple cling wrap), I could feel the cable, and it's texture was amazing. Once I undid the end (held on by a piece of tape), I could see why: The insulation was so supple, so soft; If I didn't know better, I'd swear it was silicone insulated cable. Seriously, that's what it felt like! Like I had something in my hands that would easily exceed 4x what I paid!

It made it a joy to work with; I measured out 2 arm spreads (I didn't need much), cut it off, then folded it in half and cut it in two equal lengths. I used my trusty pair of small dikes, but I swear you probably could cut it with scissors (though the metal wire might stop you there, or at least damage the scissors). It was easy to split down the middle, strip off a half-inch or so of insulation, twist to bind it (I may wick some solder on later, or get some crimp ferrules), then hook it up to my speakers.

The cable was easy to drape and route behind my desk to my subwoofer-amp, no binding or anything like that. Seriously, this cable is grade-A stuff in my non-professional opinion. I also don't see it having any problem with wear, though others have expressed doubts; the insulation is supple, but not thin. I believe it could take a lot to compromise it. Just don't overheat it (again, it isn't silicone, but it sure feels like it). If you need extra protection, put it inside some spiral wrap or something. There are plenty of products out there for that application.

Finally, not only did it install easily and feel great, but it's easy on the eyes, too. The red and black insulation is just slightly translucent, and the wire inside shimmers. But it's not distracting. Rather it's muted, matte in texture; in a way, it looks how it feels: Smooth, supple, unassuming; yet seeming to indicate it's much better than anything else out there. I found that it looks much better with my system than the inflexible white doorbell junk I was using before; that kind of wire has it's purpose, but it's not for speakers.

This cable only has one downside that I can see, and that's easily remedied: The spool doesn't have any easy way to stow the loose end. Of course you can tuck under a previous wrap, but what I'd do is drill a hole on the edge of the spool to tuck the end into. You could also use a zip tie, or a twist tie. It's such a minor thing, but I thought I'd mention it.

Overall, I don't think you'll be disappointed in this cable after everything I've noted. Give it a shot, you may fall in love with it as much as I have!