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 Fire Behaviour 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
RS Stock No. 714-0307
BrandRS PRO
£14.24
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. 372-9906
Mfr. Part No.4030.4089
£41.13
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
- 2 0.75 mm² 100m - Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 24/0.2 mm -25 (Static) °C, -5 (Dynamic) °C +70 (Dynamic) °C, +70 (Static) °C Flat Copper - PVC 24
RS Stock No. 749-2598
BrandRS Pro
£63.30
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
- 2 1.5 mm² 100m 6.6mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 78/0.15 mm -20°C +60°C Multicore Bare Copper - PVC 78
RS Stock No. 714-0304
BrandRS PRO
£14.24
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. 714-0316
BrandRS PRO
£24.75
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. 714-0300
BrandRS PRO
£14.52
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. 714-0313
BrandRS PRO
£14.24
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
- 2 0.34 mm² 100m 2mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 7/0.25 mm - 80°C Multicore Bare Copper - PVC 7
RS Stock No. 365-7744
Mfr. Part No.268-525-060
BrandVan Damme
£230.00
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
- 2 2.5 mm² 100m 7.6mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 147/0.15 mm -30°C +80°C Multicore Oxygen Free Copper - PVC 147
RS Stock No. 749-2608
BrandRS PRO
£138.02
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
- 2 2.5 mm² 100m 7.3mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 129/0.15 mm -20°C +60°C Multicore Bare Copper - PVC 129
RS Stock No. 372-9934
Mfr. Part No.4030.7126RN
£74.54
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
- 2 1.5 mm² 100m - Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 30/0.25 mm -25 (Static) °C, -5 (Dynamic) °C +70 (Dynamic) °C, +70 (Static) °C Flat Copper - PVC 30
RS Stock No. 714-0310
BrandRS PRO
£24.75
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. 379-3632
Mfr. Part No.268-545-000
BrandVan Damme
£230.00
1 Reel of 50 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
- 2 4 mm² 50m 11mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 50/0.3 mm - - Multicore Oxygen Free Copper - PVC 50
RS Stock No. 365-7772
Mfr. Part No.268-502-000
BrandVan Damme
£315.00
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
- 2 2.5 mm² 100m - PVC/Neoprene 46/0.1 mm - - Multicore Oxygen Free Copper - Foam PE 46
RS Stock No. 365-7750
Mfr. Part No.268-542-000
BrandVan Damme
£200.00
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. 365-7766
Mfr. Part No.268-582-000
BrandVan Damme
£435.00
1 Reel of 50 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
- 8 2.5 mm² 50m 15.8mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 50/0.25 mm - - Multicore Oxygen Free Copper - PVC 50
RS Stock No. 783-2797
BrandRS Pro
£47.24
1 Reel of 25 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
- 2 1.5 mm² 25m 3mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 63/0.1 mm - +80°C Twisted Pair Bare Copper - PVC 63
RS Stock No. 737-3699
Mfr. Part No.268-090-100
BrandVan Damme
£123.68
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
- 4 0.18 mm² 100m - - - - - Multicore - - - -
RS Stock No. 768-2157
Mfr. Part No.268-501-000
BrandVan Damme
£170.00
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
- 2 0.75 mm² 100 m 10 x 3mm PVC/Neoprene 7 x (14 x 0.10 mm) - - Twisted Pair Copper - PVC -
RS Stock No. 372-9912
Mfr. Part No.4030.5067G
£41.12
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
- 2 0.75 mm² 100m 2.1 x 4.2mm Polyvinyl Chloride PVC 24/0.2 mm -25 (Static) °C, -5 (Dynamic) °C +70 (Dynamic) °C, +70 (Static) °C Flat Copper - PVC 24
RS Stock No. 372-9928
Mfr. Part No.4030.5122G
£53.97
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
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