InstallGear 16 Gauge AWG 100ft Speaker Wire Cable (Red/Black) True Spec and Soft Touch Speaker Wire Audio Cable (Great Use for Car Speakers

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InstallGear 16 Gauge AWG 100ft Speaker Wire Cable (Red/Black) True Spec and Soft Touch Speaker Wire Audio Cable (Great Use for Car Speakers, Stereos, Home Theater Speakers, Surround Sound, Radio)
PROS
  • 53 REVIEWS GAUGE WIRE
  • 10 REVIEWS FALSE ADVERTISING
  • 7 REVIEWS RED AND BLACK
  • 15 REVIEWS GREAT VALUE
  • 4 REVIEWS SOFT TOUCH
  • 4 REVIEWS HIGH END
  • 75 REVIEWS SPEAKER WIRES
  • 12 REVIEWS ADVERTISED AS 16 GAUGE
  • 3 REVIEWS BUYER BEWARE
  • 26 REVIEWS GOOD QUALITY
  • 3 REVIEWS HIGHLY RECOMMEND
  • 11 REVIEWS SOUND QUALITY
  • 7 REVIEWS SOFT AND FLEXIBLE
  • 10 REVIEWS SOUND SYSTEM
  • 3 REVIEWS WORKED OUT GREAT
  • 8 REVIEWS WORKED FINE
  • 7 REVIEWS SAYS 16 GAUGE
  • 5 REVIEWS SURROUND SOUND
  • 2 REVIEWS STRANDS ARE VERY THIN
  • 14 REVIEWS WIRE AS ADVERTISED

100-FEET (30.5m) [ RED/BLACK 16 GAUGE SPEAKER WIRE ] – The lower the gauge number, the thicker the wire. Thicker wire presents less resistance to current flow.

Top Positive 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!

Top Critical Review

BE AWARE OF The SCAM: This InstallGear speaker wire labeled 16 gauge is actually gauge 20 or worse.

For my DIY media room project, I calculated I need 16 gauge speaker wire to avoid too much loss on the wiring. I picked this product for 1 – price, 2 – look. Now I see that was a bad combination, like many other things in life.

I bought two 100ft spools. After they arrived, I spent more than 6 hours between 2 days running the wires through the attic. It was not easy, besides small cuts on the hands and arms, I almost had a heat stroke. But eventually I got it done. Then, it is time to connect the wire to the wall plates. My heart sank when I peeled them, the conductor looks thin, very thin, pathetically thin.

For the gauge 16, the connector diameter should be 1.29mm or 0.05 in. This InstallGear “16” gauge measures 0.79mm – less than what should be for gauge 20!!! This is a SCAM!!!

Gauge Inch mm
16 0.0508 1.29032
17 0.0453 1.15062
18 0.0403 1.02362
19 0.0359 0.91186
20 0.032 0.8128

I really don’t want to go back into the attic. But if I choose to live with it, every time I turn on the TV in my media room I will probably feel disgusted. I think I need to talk to my therapist…, or maybe attorney.

I wish my experience can safe you from going through the same trouble.
And I hope the unscrupulous people who is selling this product get what they deserve.

Customer Questions & Answers

What is the width of the cable when flat, i need to thread it through a small pipe?
Answer: For the size I bought (16 ga), it was less than 1/4 inch – but larger than 1/8 inch – from what I recall.

Its a real 16 gauge ?
Answer: Absolutely not. It is more like 20 gauge.

Will it work with Yamaha audio reciver?
Answer: It should work just fine

Can this be used for Christmas lights?
Answer: This product is designed for 12 volt speakers if it is used for higher voltage it could overheat look for wiring rated to the intended voltage cheers

Is this ok for outdoor speakers?
Answer: Yea I use it out side

Is this 6 ohms wire?
Answer:

Hello, the 16 gauge wire is a standard wire so I don’t think that it matters as long as the 6ohm speaker are paired up with other 6ohm speakers, automotive speakers are usually 4ohm and house speakers are 6 and 8ohms so this16 gauge standard wire can be used for any of these applications, I hope this helps and good luc??

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Expert Score 9.6
PROS:
  • 53 REVIEWS GAUGE WIRE
  • 10 REVIEWS FALSE ADVERTISING
  • 7 REVIEWS RED AND BLACK
  • 15 REVIEWS GREAT VALUE
  • 4 REVIEWS SOFT TOUCH
  • 4 REVIEWS HIGH END
  • 75 REVIEWS SPEAKER WIRES
  • 12 REVIEWS ADVERTISED AS 16 GAUGE
  • 3 REVIEWS BUYER BEWARE
  • 26 REVIEWS GOOD QUALITY
  • 3 REVIEWS HIGHLY RECOMMEND
  • 11 REVIEWS SOUND QUALITY
  • 7 REVIEWS SOFT AND FLEXIBLE
  • 10 REVIEWS SOUND SYSTEM
  • 3 REVIEWS WORKED OUT GREAT
  • 8 REVIEWS WORKED FINE
  • 7 REVIEWS SAYS 16 GAUGE
  • 5 REVIEWS SURROUND SOUND
  • 2 REVIEWS STRANDS ARE VERY THIN
  • 14 REVIEWS WIRE AS ADVERTISED
InstallGear 16 Gauge AWG 100ft Speaker Wire Cable (Red/Black) True Spec and Soft Touch Speaker Wire Audio Cable (Great Use for Car Speakers
InstallGear 16 Gauge AWG 100ft Speaker Wire Cable (Red/Black) True Spec and Soft Touch Speaker Wire Audio Cable (Great Use for Car Speakers
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