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). Its 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. 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. 162-3158
Mfr. Part No.70045.00100
BrandBelden
kr 1 317,68
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 1.5 mm² 100m 6.3mm - 30/0.25 mm -30 °C, -5 °C +60 °C, +70 °C Twisted Pair Oxygen Free Copper - FRNC 30 -
RS Stock No. 413-245
Mfr. Part No.9708 368U1000
BrandBelden
kr 3 966,06
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. 714-0316
BrandRS PRO
kr 320,61
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 0.4 mm² 100m 2mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 13/0.2 mm - +80°C Multicore Tinned Copper 2 A PVC 13 -
RS Stock No. 111-6162
Mfr. Part No.10479711
BrandBedea
kr 1 941,01
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 1.5 mm² 100m - Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 30/0.25 mm - - Multicore Bare Copper - PVC 30 -
RS Stock No. 260-6335
Mfr. Part No.PKFE0022000188
kr 670,83
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 0.25 mm² 100m - Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 11/0.15 mm -5°C +70°C Multicore Copper - PVC 14 -
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. 783-2788
BrandRS PRO
kr 686,18
1 Reel of 25 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 2.5 mm² 25m 3.5mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 46/0.1 mm - +80°C Twisted Pair Bare Copper - PVC 46 -
RS Stock No. 162-3161
Mfr. Part No.70047.00100
BrandBelden
kr 5 163,87
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
4 2.5 mm² 100m 8.5mm - 50/2.5 mm -30 °C, -5 °C +60 °C, +70 °C Twisted Pair Oxygen Free Copper - - 50 -
RS Stock No. 714-0304
BrandRS PRO
kr 179,27
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 0.34 mm² 100m 1.8mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 7/0.25 mm - 80°C Multicore Bare Copper - PVC 7 -
RS Stock No. 852-5440
Mfr. Part No.SC-2-150
kr 2 041,00
1 Reel of 150 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 1.5 mm² 150m - Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) 30/0.24 mm -25°C +90°C - Annealed Copper - PE - -
RS Stock No. 714-0310
BrandRS PRO
kr 320,61
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 0.4 mm² 100m 2mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 13/0.2 mm - +80°C Multicore Copper 2 A PVC 13 -
RS Stock No. 783-2784
BrandRS PRO
kr 1 819,70
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 2.5 mm² 100m 3.5mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 46/0.1 mm - 80°C Flat Bare Copper - PVC 46 -
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. 111-6134
Mfr. Part No.10460911
BrandBedea
kr 935,01
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. 444-1168
Mfr. Part No.278-525-080
BrandVan Damme
kr 3 922,50
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
2 2.5 mm² 100m 7.8mm Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) 50/0.25 mm - - Multicore Oxygen Free Copper - LSZH 50 -
RS Stock No. 365-7750
Mfr. Part No.268-542-000
BrandVan Damme
kr 2 156,01
1 Reel of 50 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
4 2.5 mm² 50m 10.25mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 50/0.25 mm - - Multicore Oxygen Free Copper - PVC 50 -
RS Stock No. 187-6123
Mfr. Part No.70047LV.00500
BrandBelden
kr 58,591
Each
Units
4 2.5 mm² - 9.5mm Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) - - - Multicore Copper - LSZH - PB00179
RS Stock No. 852-5447
Mfr. Part No.SC-2-300
kr 3 318,66
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. 187-6122
Mfr. Part No.70046LV.00100
BrandBelden
kr 32,338
Each
Units
2 2.5 mm² - 8mm Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) - - - Multicore Copper - LSZH - PB00179
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