Speaker Cable

Speaker Cables are used to connect receivers or power amplifiers to speakers and are also used for the internal wiring of the speakers themselves.


What material is Speaker Cable made from?


Most commonly it will be copper material with PVC insulation. Performance of a Speaker Cable depends on the quality of this material, therefore high-conductivity copper will have better performance to that of oxygen-free copper cable. Another material available is silver-plated copper.


What is Speaker Cable length?


Here at RS Components, we believe in two simple rules for choosing the length of speaker cable:


  • Less is best. Buy the shortest cable possible for the application

  • More is best. Buy the largest gauge speaker cable you can afford

What is gauge?


The thickness of the wire is referred to as a gauge. Types of gauge:


  • 14-gauge wire - suitable for many applications

  • 12-gauge wire - used for transmitting clear audio signal

  • 10-gauge wire - used for transmitting clear bass

The longer the speaker cable runs, the lower the gauge should be, because greater cable length results in greater resistance.


Does the resistance affect the performance of Speaker Cable?


In general, the higher the cable resistance, the lower the power level getting to the speaker, resulting in poor speaker performance due to damping.


What is damping factor?


Damping factor is a simple mathematical equation. It equals the load (i.e. speaker) impedance divided by the output impedance of the amplifier (i.e. the impedance across the output terminals). It’s one measure of the ability of an amplifier to control speaker motion.


Single wire or Bi-wire connection?


When it comes to sound quality single wire will always out-perform the bi-wire. You can find a bi-wiring system in Hi-Fi and home cinema speakers. The single wire speaker cable has 2 quality conductors comparing to the bi-wire cable which has 4 conductors.



Features and benefits of Speaker Cables


Speaker cables may come with special features that make them suitable for running behind walls and underground. Those looking to run speaker cables in these applications should buy cables that are designed for these purposes.


In-wall Speaker Cables


These are made for running speaker cables behind the walls. Extra insulation around the wire prevents the cable from overheating and then causing a fire. Regular speaker cables can create a fire hazard.


Outdoor Speaker Cables


Burial speaker cables are considered the best for this environment. They provide more insulation and more substantial casing to protect the wire from animals and water.


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Description Price Number of Cores Cross Sectional Area Reel Length Outer Diameter Sheath Material Core Strands Minimum Operating Temperature Maximum Operating Temperature Cable Shape Conductor Material Current Rating Insulation Material Number of Strands Series
RS Stock No. 162-3160
Mfr. Part No.70046.00100
BrandBelden
kr 3 319,01
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 2.5 mm² 100m 7.3mm - 50/0.25 mm -30 °C, -5 °C +60 °C, +70 °C Twisted Pair Oxygen Free Copper - FRNC 50 -
RS Stock No. 111-6156
Mfr. Part No.10469711
BrandBedea
kr 961,41
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 0.75 mm² 100m - Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 24/0.2 mm - - Multicore Bare Copper - PVC 24 -
RS Stock No. 226-895
Mfr. Part No.FHP425
kr 4 084,51
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
4 2.5 mm² 100m 10.25mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 50/0.25 mm -20°C +70°C Multicore Bare Copper - PVC 50 -
RS Stock No. 413-245
Mfr. Part No.9708 368U1000
BrandBelden
kr 4 926,68
1 Reel of 305 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 0.78 mm² 305m - Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 16/30 -20°C +60°C Multicore 1 high conductivity bare copper conductor, 1 high conductivity tinned copper conductor 4.2 A PVC 16 -
RS Stock No. 444-1146
Mfr. Part No.278-575-080
BrandVan Damme
kr 1 645,05
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 0.75 mm² 100m 5.6mm Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) 42/0.15 mm - - Multicore Oxygen Free Copper - LSZH 42 -
RS Stock No. 372-9861
Mfr. Part No.FHP225.1
kr 2 193,20
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 2.5 mm² 100m 7.4mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 50/0.25 mm -20°C +70°C Multicore Bare Copper - PVC 50 -
RS Stock No. 372-9928
Mfr. Part No.4030.5122G
kr 758,02
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 1 mm² 100m - Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 32/0.2 mm -25 (Static) °C, -5 (Dynamic) °C +70 (Dynamic) °C, +70 (Static) °C Flat Copper - PVC 32 EuroClasse Eca
RS Stock No. 162-3162
Mfr. Part No.70048.00100
BrandBelden
kr 5 134,05
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 4 mm² 100m 8.6mm - 56/0.3 mm -30 °C, -5 °C +60 °C, +70 °C Twisted Pair Oxygen Free Copper - FRNC 56 -
RS Stock No. 365-7722
Mfr. Part No.268-515-060
BrandVan Damme
kr 2 043,85
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 1:5 mm² 100m 6.5mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 84/0.15 mm -30°C +80°C Multicore Oxygen Free Copper - PVC 84 -
RS Stock No. 124-5320
Mfr. Part No.278-515-090
BrandVan Damme
kr 2 792,34
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 1.5 mm² 100m 6.6mm Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) 30/0.25 mm - - Multicore Oxygen Free Copper - LSZH 30 -
RS Stock No. 187-6123
Mfr. Part No.70047LV.00500
BrandBelden
kr 52,732
Each
Units
4 2.5 mm² - 9.5mm Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) - - - Multicore Copper - LSZH - PB00179
RS Stock No. 187-6122
Mfr. Part No.70046LV.00100
BrandBelden
kr 3 233,78
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 2.5 mm² - 8mm Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) - - - Multicore Copper - LSZH - PB00179
RS Stock No. 372-9990
Mfr. Part No.4030.6250
kr 2 372,56
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 2.5 mm² 100m - Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 140/0.15 mm - - Multicore Oxygen Free Copper - PVC 140 -
RS Stock No. 444-1152
Mfr. Part No.278-515-080
BrandVan Damme
kr 2 567,67
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 1.5 mm² 100m 6.6mm Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) 30/0.25 mm - - Multicore Oxygen Free Copper - LSZH 30 -
RS Stock No. 111-6134
Mfr. Part No.10460911
BrandBedea
kr 977,56
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 0.75 mm² 100m - Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 24/0.2 mm - - Multicore Bare Copper - PVC 24 -
RS Stock No. 822-888
Mfr. Part No.8205.00U152
BrandBelden
kr 1 593,80
1 Reel of 152 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 0.5 mm² 152m 4.57mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 7/28 - - Twisted Pair Tinned Copper 3.7 A PVC 7 -
RS Stock No. 822-894
Mfr. Part No.8205.01305
BrandBelden
kr 3 244,24
1 Reel of 304 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 0.5 mm² 304m 4.57mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 7/28 - - Twisted Pair Tinned Copper - PVC 7 -
RS Stock No. 852-5447
Mfr. Part No.SC-2-300
kr 3 469,86
1 Reel of 300 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 1.5 mm² 300m - Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) 30/0.24 mm -25°C +90°C - Annealed Copper - PE - -
RS Stock No. 852-5456
Mfr. Part No.SC-4-50
kr 1 421,92
1 Reel of 50 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
4 1.5 mm² 50m - Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) 30/0.24 mm -25°C +90°C - Annealed Copper - PE - -
RS Stock No. 176-2080
Mfr. Part No.8205 0601000
BrandBelden
kr 3 515,02
1 Reel of 305 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 - - 4.572mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 7/28 AWG -20°C +60°C Twisted Pair Copper 3.7 A PVC 7 8205
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