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Arista 16-Gauge Speaker Cable

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Our take on the Arista 16-Gauge Speaker Cable

by Ralph Graves
Arista

Most speakers don't include speaker wire. Arista's 50- or 100-foot roll of 16-gauge wire offers an affordable solution. Warranty: 90 days.

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  • 50' Spool of 16-gauge 2-conductor speaker wire

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Features

Construction: This speaker wire has a clear PVC jacket with one conductor made of tinned silver to help you keep track of the positive and negative leads.

Connectors: No connectors are supplied with the speaker wire. Connectors (pin connector, banana plug, spade lug) are recommended to provide a secure connection to your receiver and speakers, plus prevent signal loss through oxidation and corrosion.

 
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Arista 16-Gauge Speaker Cable Reviews

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1 out of 5

Do Not Buy This Wire

Written By TypicalTuba, San Francisco, CA on Sunday, June 08, 2014
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When separating the two wires from one another, the glue that holds them together seems to be too strong and tears the insulation, exposing the copper under one side or the other. The only way I was able to reliably separate these wires was to carefully, meticulously cut them apart 1/8" at a time. I've had all different kinds and qualities of speaker wire over the years, but I've never had such bad cable as this.
Cons:
Completely unusable
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3 out of 5

Good Price, Not So Good Quality

Written By JLBS, Toa Baja, PR on Friday, May 02, 2014
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The price tag is what broght my attention to this cable but when I attempted to install, it gave all kinds of problems. Everytime I tried to split the pos and neg wires, it tore the whole encapsulation and that was very frustrating. The ends came out too fuzzy after stripping (with professional wire strippers) and it wasn't much fun to get into the opening of the speakers and the amplifier. Price is good but I much rather spend a little more and get easier to work cables.
Pros:
Price
Cons:
Almost imposible to split. Too fuzzy, making installation a bit frustrating.
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5 out of 5

Speaker Cable

Written By Jhuesser, Daytona Beach, FL on Sunday, March 02, 2014
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Great value and works great!
Pros:
Great value. Hooked up speakers to receiver no problem.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Xcellent wiring

Written By Pam, El Cerrito, Ca on Friday, December 27, 2013
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Easy to use, wires are strong and transmit great, clear sound to my Boston Acoustics 5.1 system
Pros:
Nice crisp sound
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Speaker cable

Written By Anonymous, Charlottesville Virginia on Tuesday, October 08, 2013
 
Did not even need all that was purchased but was easy to use for speakers
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4 out of 5

Arista 16-Gauge Speaker Cable

Written By J.P., Tucson AZ on Thursday, August 01, 2013
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It did the job and easy to work with.
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5 out of 5

Speaker wire

Written By Brian, West Liberty, KY on Monday, April 15, 2013
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Excellent wire! Good price/ ft. and good quality. I would suggest this wire for most applications.
Pros:
Good quality, inexpensive wire.
Cons:
none.
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3 out of 5

Arista 16-Gauge Speaker Wire

Written By Bob, Mineola, NY on Monday, March 04, 2013
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Cost effective way to run longer lengths of speaker wire
Pros:
Low cost per foot.
Cons:
Insulation does not split neatly when separating leads. If you pull the wires apart instead of cutting them, you'll likely end up with breaks in the insulation and potential shorts. A better quality insulation splits neatly with little effort.
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2 out of 5

Skip it

Written By Jake W., New York, NY on Tuesday, October 11, 2011
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I bought this "16 AWG" wire as an intended upgrade to some 18 AWG speaker wire that I bought at a big box home/hardware store. The conductors inside the arista wire are the same diameter, if not a hair thinner than the 18 AWG wire! The only difference is that the Arista has thicker insulation--which would be a good thing if it weren't almost impossible to pull the wires apart cleanly (even after a good "start"). Also this isn't pure copper.

I ended up buying 14 AWG pure copper wire.

So skip this--either go with the cheap stuff or pay more for the better stuff.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Arista 16-Gauge Speaker Cable

Written By Anonymous, Camden ME on Thursday, March 18, 2010
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This works fine for our medium powered system. Can't see the need for Monster cable.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Speaker Wire

Written By Amar, New Jersey on Wednesday, January 10, 2007
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Bought this with my Onkyo HT-790 HTIB, which comes with pretty cheap speaker wire to say the least. This does the job, just make sure you have a crimping tool
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1 question already asked

which is + terminal ????? copper or silver wire??? pls help.. [ Ashif  May 07, 2014 ]
4 answers
  • As long as it is used the same way at both ends, it does not matter. One wire is signal (+), the other is ground (-). The big thing is to make sure that (+) on the amp end goes to (+) on the speaker end and the same with (-). [ FRED   May 12, 2014 ]
  • copper [ ROBERT   May 07, 2014 ]
  • the copper is the+ [ RONALD   May 07, 2014 ]
  • It doesn't matter as long as you keep it consistent from the radio head/amp to the speaker itself. [ Jonathan   May 07, 2014 ]

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