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Speaker cable with clear jacket, connectors optional (200 feet)

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by Steve Kindig
Monster Cable

Monster XP speaker cable offers high-quality performance at an affordable price. XP is ideal for small speakers and desktop systems. Compared to the standard lamp cord you find at home improvement stores, XP's advanced construction delivers smoother, more natural sound, especially over long runs.

Monster twist-on connectors highly recommended.

Highlights:

  • length: 200 ft.
  • Magnetic Flux Tube® construction breaks up internal magnetic fields for more natural sound
  • Linear Polyethelyne (LPE) dielectric insulation for reduced signal loss
  • flexible cable with smooth jacket for easy installation
  • warranty: limited lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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  • One 200' length of Monster XP speaker cable (with clear jacket)
  • "Information to consumers in application of EU WEEE Directive 96/2002" note
  • Limited Warranty sheet

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Features

Overview: The Monster XP MKII Clear Jacket Speaker Cable is compact high-performance speaker cable which offers outstanding sonic performance at an attractive, affordable price. The Monster XP MKII is an advanced speaker cable for hookup of speakers to stereo and surround sound home theater systems. The Monster XP MKII speaker cable offers deeper bass, greater clarity, better imaging, and cleaner highs from your connected loudspeakers and AV receiver.

Compact Design: The Monster XP MKII speaker cable's compact design makes it ideal for high-performance installations where space is at a premium.

Special Winding Construction: The Monster XP MKII speaker cable utilizes special winding construction to more accurately transfers music signals.

Magnetic Flux Tube & LPE Insulation: The Monster XP MKII speaker cable features Monster's exclusive Magnetic Flux Tube and Special LPE Insulation that let you hear more of the music with deeper, tighter bass, better imaging, and powerful dynamic range; that easily surpasses ordinary zip cord.

  • Patented Magnetic Flux Tube: Breaks up internal magnetic fields for greater dynamic range.
  • LPE Dielectric: Insulation around conductors reduces signal loss for greater clarity.

Available Lengths: The Monster XP MKII Clear Jacket Speaker Cable is available in the following lengths.

  • 20'
  • 30'
  • 50'
  • 100'
  • 200'
 
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5 out of 5

Monster XP Speaker wire

Written By GaryW, Cincinnati, OH on Monday, April 21, 2014
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This is good quality speaker wire at a reasonable cost. Worried about being able to determine polarity? Just look for the printing on one of the two wires.
Pros:
Good quality at a reasonable cost.
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5 out of 5

Monster XP®

Written By Ms Lisa, New Baltimore, MI on Monday, March 10, 2014
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Should have ordered more to change out other components
Pros:
nice looking,
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Speaker wire.

Written By Andrew C., Chandler AZ. on Thursday, March 06, 2014
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Good quality speaker wire at a decent price.
Pros:
Easy to strip, easy to work with, good quality.
Cons:
None..
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5 out of 5

Wire

Written By Mike, New Holland Pa on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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Realy?
Pros:
Excellent
Cons:
cutting to th correct length
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5 out of 5

Monster XP®

Written By Brian, petersburg il 62675 on Saturday, January 11, 2014
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The monster wire is an awesome product, it does exactly what it wad designed to do,reproduce sound without anything but what your supposed to hear! The whole line of monster products I use and between crutchfields support as well as excellent gear everything I have wanted to do is now a reality.Many thanks to crutchfield for knowing EXACTLY what works and what dont!!!! Thanks again
Pros:
Work great eady to work with!
Cons:
None as of yet!
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5 out of 5

monster XP speaker wire

Written By Kanneth M, Louisville ky on Saturday, January 04, 2014
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Perfect wire , easy to maneuver and nice clean signal. You cant go wrong with this wire.
Pros:
Very bendable, easy to maneuver,
Cons:
Aren't any
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5 out of 5

Nice update

Written By Bob G, Sumas Washington. on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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What a wonderful update Monster cable was for my older set. HIGH quality and much better sound than I had before.
Pros:
When I ordered I thought the price was high on the Monster cable, After installing it I found out the better sound was really quite inexpensive
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

great wire

Written By John M, Harrisonburg on Thursday, December 05, 2013
 
This wire works great. Super easy to work with and in minutes I had the whole surround sound hooked up.
Pros:
Cost, easy to use
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5 out of 5

The best

Written By Brad, WI on Monday, November 18, 2013
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Monsters cable quality simply can't be beat and this is no exception
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5 out of 5

Excellent product

Written By Randy, McComb OH on Saturday, November 02, 2013
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Excellent recomendation
Pros:
good stuff
Cons:
NONE
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4 out of 5

Monster SP Speaker Wire

Written By EAK, Sabinal, Texas on Monday, October 28, 2013
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I think this is 12 gauge wire but I am sure because it does not indicate on the spool. It is good speaker wire for the money.
Pros:
Both the plastic coating for the positive and negative are the same making it difficult to not hook up your speakers out of phase. One side of the plastic coating on the wire should be red and the other side clear. Monster should know better.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Monster

Written By hxm123, Sastle Pines, CO on Saturday, October 26, 2013
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Sound is much better even on a low cost Samsung stereo system.
Pros:
Easy to use
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Monster XP speaker cable

Written By Larry B, Houston, TX on Saturday, October 26, 2013
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Easy to use, received the correct cable advertised, and the speaker sound is great.
Pros:
Easy to use, cable marked well to allow right choice of leads on each end.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Monster XP cable

Written By TomD, Columbus, OH on Monday, August 19, 2013
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Great cable- great sound coming out of speakers. What more can one say!
Pros:
All good
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great product, great company!

Written By Helene, Silver Spring, MD on Tuesday, August 06, 2013
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Monster XP cable is easy to use and guaranteed to work. The different colors it comes in makes it easy to match your baseboard/trim with what will work best - we got the "translucent" kind and it blends nicely. If you want heavy duty, long lasting cable, this is it, and Crutchfield sells it at a very reasonable price.
Pros:
reliable, easy to use, attractive
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5 out of 5

No joke

Written By John, Kansas on Saturday, July 27, 2013
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This cable is very nice and easy to work with. There is text printed on one side of the cable that you can use to distinguish positive and negative connections.

I bought an entirely new home theater system and wanted to use this cable so that I can get the most out of it, but before connecting the new system I hooked my old system up using this cable to test it as I already know how my old stereo would sound. The difference is like night and day. The most noticeable difference was in the rear surround speakers that each have a 30 foot run of cable to them. It seems the old speaker wire I was using could not carry the signal from the receiver to the speakers that far away very well because after connecting the Monster cables they were much louder and clearer, as well as the rest of the speakers too. Made me happy that I had spent the extra cash on this for my new stereo. I wonder if my old speaker wires would have made the new stereo sound bad after experiencing the difference Monster cables made to the old stereo? As a matter of fact, you could probably just save yourself some money and buy this cable for your existing stereo instead of upgrading like I did! Seriously though, if you are wondering if this cable will make a difference or not, or wondering if it's really worth it, just get it....
Pros:
Makes your speakers sound better!
Cons:
Wish I would have had extra to connect to our second stereo too! Looks like I'm buying another spool!
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Monster XP®

Written By Jesse, Kentucky on Thursday, July 04, 2013
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Very nice cables for a good price.
Pros:
Lays flat and easy to work with.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Great Quality, But

Written By GC, Columbus, OH on Monday, June 17, 2013
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The Monster speaker wire is a great product. The only thing that I was not thrilled with was that the two sides of the wire were not as easily distinguishable as I would have liked. It made installation a tad more of a chore than it needed to be.
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5 out of 5

Monster Cable XP

Written By David, Spring TX on Friday, May 24, 2013
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This speaker wire is the best that I have found for you sound from speakers and works well and easy to work with.
Pros:
It is easy to work with andnot cheap but always be sure to get enough for where your speakers are going to be from your reciever.
Cons:
Add in the price on whatever your price is for your price
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4 out of 5

Delivers good signal quality

Written By JBRoss, Phoenix, AZ on Friday, March 22, 2013
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The wire delivered a good signal and the sound was very good.
Pros:
Not much to say except it delivered as described.
Cons:
Faint markings to distinguish each wire so I marked them with a magic marker before cutting from the spool. There was no gauge designation on the spool's label to indicate the size of the wire. At a minimum, this should be present.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

monster xp

Written By garry m, athol id on Thursday, February 14, 2013
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GOOD WIRE AT A GREAT PRICE
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5 out of 5

Monster XP cable

Written By Bob, New Jersey on Sunday, February 03, 2013
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Easy to work with, lays pretty flat, and seems to carry the audio very well to speakers.
Pros:
Monster cable always a good choice.
Cons:
No negative / psotive ( - / + ) marking on the wire, so if making a long runs, good idea to mark the cable so it is the same as at the other end.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Monster XP

Written By Josh, APO Germany, Ramstein Air Base on Sunday, December 23, 2012
 
Great solid speaker wire...thin enough to hide in base boards, yet capable of feeding your speakers the power they need to produce amazing sounds.
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5 out of 5

Monster xp

Written By Boli, San jose ca on Thursday, October 25, 2012
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Very happy
Pros:
The best
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4 out of 5

Excellent product

Written By CaptSail, Granite Springs, NY on Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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Excellent quality. The color is too bright for my living room.
Pros:
Quality product. Everything about Crutchfield is the best.
Cons:
Color
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5 out of 5

Audio File/ Pro Quality

Written By JohnR, Newport,TN on Friday, September 28, 2012
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All wire are not created equil. I had 16 ga. speaker wire. I installed 230 ft. of Monster XP. One side of cable has white writting the other plain. you can choose either side to be positive as long as you are consistant thru entire install eliminating color codeing. Monster incorporates other technowledges in there wire besides attention to the wire. I have noticed not only cleaner sound with no distortion but also brought my speakers to life. The Crutchfield advisor told me it is rated at 16 ga. With the differance in performance it is hard to believe. I also use Monster LFE cable and Monster HDMI cables. Regardless of what type system you are wireing up Monster not only out performs all others but also takes the strain off the equipment you are using, as well as you ears and eyes. I agree 100% with another reviewers statement if you spend alot for audio and vidio electronics why would you go cheap on cables. Monster can only make base or mid priced sound and look better.

Pros:
prrofesional grade quality at a affordable price.
Cons:
Have not found any yet.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Only speaker wire I use

Written By MajJaz42, Murfreesboro, TN on Thursday, September 27, 2012
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I have to agree with one of the other reviewers; why would you drop a bunch of money into a receiver and speakers, then go cheap on the wiring? I have a 7.1 system in one room and a 5.1 in another room, and it's all Monster cable all the time. Very pleased with the sound quality of both systems, you cannot go wrong with Monster.
Pros:
Great product performance, lasts forever
Cons:
It would be nice if the wire gauge were stamped on the wiring jacket
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4 out of 5

Good Cable

Written By Andrew, Honolulu, HI on Tuesday, September 18, 2012
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I never used more expensive speaker cables before but this cable sound good enough to me. Easy to use, easy to terminate and the jacket is durable. I use 4 of them bi-wiring to my speakers. They sound good.
Pros:
Sound good.
Cons:
No line or marking on the cable to indicate the positive or negative side except for small white writing on the cable. No gauge size is written anywhere.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Best you can find unless you shop car audio supplies

Written By Jason, Colorado on Wednesday, August 08, 2012
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This speaker wire is very high quality, it's wound right, it's got a lot of strands, the jacket is very sturdy. The only way you are going to find anything better is by buying some ultra high quality car audio wire, and even then, there won't be much difference. This stuff is the real deal. Why would you spend $1,000+ and then go and skimp on your wiring, makes no sense. If you don't believe me, research the quality of wiring vs. resistance, heat, sound, etc...
Pros:
This stuff is the wire to buy, period.
Cons:
none.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

the best speaker wire.

Written By lo slick piggy, yo daddy j or lemon meringue pie!, everett, wa (south-central) on Thursday, June 07, 2012
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the only wire i will use anymore for home speaker systems. it is wound correctly. the jacket is flexible and durable. i have found nothing like it on the market. others claim to be comparable but fall short, get the best.
Pros:
absolutely for the pros, but anybody will be happy with this product.
Cons:
the cons should be happy with this wire too.
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5 out of 5

Monster cable

Written By ravineflyer, Erie, Pa on Wednesday, March 07, 2012
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Very happy with the monster cable and very happy with Crutchfield service!
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

good cable

Written By Richard S, Denver CO on Monday, January 16, 2012
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Good quality cable , will use again
Cons:
Web site is not clear on gauge size of cable
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Monster XP®

Written By Todd F, Ontario, NY on Thursday, February 03, 2011
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Nice wire, flexible. Easy to use/terminate
3 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

great wire

Written By marinno, miami on Friday, October 15, 2010
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this wire delivers great sound clarity
5 out of 10 people found this helpful
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2 questions already asked

What is the maximum run (length) that can be made with this wire? [ Harry  Dec 29, 2013 ]
4 answers
  • I just got my hometheater up and rolling and I have 5 wire runs to the front speakers and 4 are 50ft &1 is 58 ft . This worried me but the sound is still so impressive it is hard to complain!!!!use awesome wire ,get awesome results! [ BRIAN   Dec 30, 2013 ]
  • I just got my hometheater up and rolling and I have 5 wire runs to the front speakers and 4 are 50ft &1 is 58 ft . This worried me but the sound is still so impressive it is hard to complain!!!!use awesome wire ,get awesome results! [ BRIAN   Dec 30, 2013 ]
  • 100 ft [ MYRON   Dec 30, 2013 ]
  • Well I am not 100% sure but I think you can go 20-25 maybe more. I ran it about 20 and I didn't notice a difference from 5 feet away.. Not sure if will help u or not....Dan [ JOSEPH D   Dec 30, 2013 ]
what gage is this speaker wire? [ Gail  Dec 26, 2013 ]
8 answers
  • There is no gage on it . Since I bought it , I haven't use it yet [ DEFIA   Dec 27, 2013 ]
  • I purchased rear channel speakers for my system from Crutchfield and asked for their recommendation on speaker wire. Bought the recommended Monster XP wire and I am very pleased with it. Crutchfield advisors are very knowledgeable on their products and have never steered me wrong. Ron [ RON M   Dec 26, 2013 ]
  • thanks! [ Gail   Dec 26, 2013 ]
  • I believe that it is 14 gauge. Please confirm with a Crutchfield advisor. [ JOSEPH   Dec 26, 2013 ]
  • thanks! [ Gail   Dec 26, 2013 ]
  • thanks! [ Gail   Dec 26, 2013 ]
  • It's just a bit more than 12ga I'd say 11 but that's not on the scale. . Hope that helps [ MICHAEL K   Dec 26, 2013 ]
  • 12 gauge [ RICHARD W   Dec 26, 2013 ]

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