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Monster XP®

16-gauge speaker cable with clear jacket (100-ft. roll)

112 Reviews | 9 questions - 33 answers

Overview

Our take on the Monster XP®

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.

Product Highlights:

  • Magnetic Flux Tube® construction breaks up internal magnetic fields for more natural sound
  • Linear Polyethelyne (LPE) dielectric insulation for reduced signal loss
  • flexible, multi-stranded 16-gauge cable with smooth jacket for easy installation
  • warranty: limited lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • One 100' length of Monster XP 16-gauge speaker cable (with clear jacket)
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Monster XP MKII Clear Jacket Speaker Cable: 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 16-gauge 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.

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Why did you buy this?

known quality and good price [ Jason  Aug 11, 2018 ]
I had them before [ Anthony  Aug 09, 2018 ]
price and the brand name [ Ricky  Aug 02, 2018 ]
I've been satisfied with Monster Cable for the last 22 years, why would I switch now? [ DIRK  Aug 02, 2018 ]
I ALREADY HAVE A MONSTER XP CABLE AND IT WORKS VERY GOOD. [ Maria  Apr 30, 2018 ]
To replace older cable and elongate my speaker distance for multiple room use. [ Jeanne  Mar 17, 2018 ]
Great product @ a Great price. [ Cliff  Jan 30, 2018 ]
price is right and it is a good item [ Linda  Jan 19, 2018 ]
Recommended for speakers and distance from source to speakers. [ JOHN C  Jan 18, 2018 ]
Good reliable manufacturer [ Francisco  Dec 29, 2017 ]
I believe it is a good middle of the road priced product. I have been happy with previous Monster products. [ JOHN D  Dec 26, 2017 ]
USED IT BEFORE LIKE THE CLEAR SOUND [ stanley  Dec 14, 2017 ]
used in the past with good results [ TOMMY J  Dec 08, 2017 ]
Short distance. [ paul  Oct 14, 2017 ]
Personal favorite speaker wire. [ U  Aug 31, 2017 ]
Had used this product in old house moved to new home need more to make new runs. [ Robert  Jul 28, 2017 ]
Price [ R  Jul 14, 2017 ]
salesman Ryan [ Bothwell G.  May 25, 2017 ]
Proven performance. [ JOSEPH  May 02, 2017 ]
Have owned Monster cable for decades and it performs just fine for my ears. Have had no problems with product defect. This new wire will do just fine. [ Robert C.  Apr 27, 2017 ]
Quality durability [ Timothy  Apr 16, 2017 ]
because I always got the same cables, no problems before [ WILLIAM  Mar 31, 2017 ]
Highly rated, installation was easy, the wire doesn't tangle, and was easy to fit along the baseboards underneath the carpet. [ Austin  Feb 16, 2017 ]
best buy for superior quality cable [ Bob  Feb 01, 2017 ]
installing my home theater system in newly purchased home [ Jacqueline  Jan 27, 2017 ]
Have used this cable in the past always with good results [ Gregory  Jan 20, 2017 ]
Need a high Quality speaker wire .Have a polk and denon home theater system. [ frederick  Dec 22, 2016 ]
Good product for price and have used in the past for a surround sound system. [ R  Dec 09, 2016 ]
Recommended by Advisor. [ Brian  Nov 25, 2016 ]
I want quality cable as to not degrade the audio for my home theater with cheap products that allow radio interference. [ Jonathan  Nov 22, 2016 ]
Monster always make quality products, read about the reviews and an advisor suggested the product! [ Jorge  Oct 13, 2016 ]
Premium cable have used in all audio applications since it first came out [ Richard  Sep 25, 2016 ]
I have used nothing but MONSTER CABLE for YEARS. The only speaker wire I use. Sound reproduction and build quality are 100%. You get what you pay for and these definitely pay off!! [ Steve  Jul 14, 2016 ]
good reputation [ john  Jul 07, 2016 ]
Best price, good reputation. Can add any connectors I want. Price not exorbitant. Its a cable??? [ Michael  Jun 01, 2016 ]
I like it [ Steve  Apr 12, 2016 ]
Recommended by your customer service. Product gets good reviews. [ george ferfecki  Mar 22, 2016 ]
Sound quality and quality of the wire. [ DONALD  Mar 21, 2016 ]
This is a very high quality wire, it works great and is insulated very well so it doesn't pick up any interference. [ JEFFREY  Mar 02, 2016 ]
I bought original Monster Cable years ago with good results. I am sticking to a brand I like from past experience. [ John  Feb 28, 2016 ]
Your sound is only as good as the weakest link. Why skimp on your wiring? [ BRUCE  Feb 18, 2016 ]
I trust Crutchfield with quality products. [ JIM  Jan 10, 2016 ]
good wire for good speakers [ Brian  Jan 05, 2016 ]
Good quality for the price! [ Chad  Dec 16, 2015 ]
I needed a lot of speaker wire. [ Michael  Dec 12, 2015 ]
Good wire for hooking up speakers [ DAVID  Apr 16, 2017 ]
needed this length specifically [ JON  Feb 15, 2017 ]
I've used Monster cable for years and it's always seemed work fine so why not? [ Matthew  Feb 05, 2017 ]
Good quality cables [ GARY D  Jan 25, 2017 ]
i need this for speakers i purchased from crutchfeild. [ HAROLD G  Jan 24, 2017 ]
price n footage [ DAVID  Dec 18, 2016 ]
Looked to be high quality speaker wire. Spoke with Larry in customer service and he assured me it would be a good product to use with my new Klipsch bookshelf speakers... [ Kelley  Dec 16, 2016 ]
Buddy recommended this due to the speakers and receiver that I was purchasing for my grandson. [ Linda  Dec 09, 2016 ]
Monster name. [ Robert  Dec 08, 2016 ]
Tyler recommended it. [ Joy Christine  Oct 31, 2016 ]
Perfect amount of wire... [ Eugene  Oct 07, 2016 ]
Good price, I can cut to correct length [ NATHAN  Sep 07, 2016 ]
price [ PABLO  Aug 21, 2016 ]
Peyton advised me on this Peyton's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=183 [ JAMES  Aug 15, 2016 ]
Ive never had any problems with monster products. [ STEVEN  Aug 02, 2016 ]
Both conductors are copper [ Jeffrey  Jul 18, 2016 ]
Good quality [ Jane  Jul 16, 2016 ]
Great speaker wire, worth the premium over regular speaker wire. [ Jim  May 27, 2016 ]
Like the Monster brand. [ Robert  Apr 13, 2016 ]
chose it because it looked good. chat tech recommended [ blake  Apr 11, 2016 ]
price, reputation, reviews [ Edwin  Mar 30, 2016 ]
Have been using Monster cable for years. [ Adam  Mar 18, 2016 ]
recommendation from the tech during chat.... [ joseph  Mar 03, 2016 ]
I use all monster cable in my av system. I need 2 10 ft lengths for the atmos speakers I am adding on. [ Richard  Jan 23, 2016 ]
Monster wire is reliable and consistent in sound quality [ Tod  Jan 17, 2016 ]
Just the right length from a name I trust. [ Cole  Jan 04, 2016 ]
Crutchfield video and positive customer reviews. [ Stephen  Dec 28, 2015 ]
quality 16 gauge cable in a relatively short length (which is all I need). [ David E.  Dec 19, 2015 ]
Used brand before [ Sean  Dec 19, 2015 ]
Quality, and indicates signal flow. [ Andrew  Dec 04, 2015 ]
Correct amount [ Philip  Jul 10, 2017 ]
Needed wire [ Michael  May 30, 2017 ]
To run speakers [ Tamara  Oct 23, 2016 ]
Needed to update what I currently have, well-known manufacturer and quality. [ Lamont  Aug 26, 2016 ]
Excellent reviews [ Rommel  Jul 29, 2016 ]
It was recommended [ Mark  Jun 25, 2016 ]
for back atmos speakers [ Sung  Jun 03, 2016 ]
Just did some research. I have done cable-testing in the past, also. [ Gregg  Mar 25, 2016 ]
I needed speaker wire and Monster has a good name (and the price was A-OK) [ Rebecca  Mar 02, 2016 ]
Recommended by Marshall Marshall's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=8 [ Paul  Feb 09, 2016 ]
Advice from Brandy (product advice chat line) [ Timothy Dean  Jan 31, 2016 ]
I have heard a lot of good things about Monster Cables. [ Darren  Dec 10, 2015 ]
Good quality speaker wire at a great price. This is for my Yamaha stereo receiver to my Polk bookshelf speakers. [ WESLEY  Dec 06, 2015 ]
I only have one reason for using Monster XP speaker wire for years because it's the best. It's simple! [ Max  Apr 13, 2018 ]
It's just a good speaker cable. [ JOHN  Apr 01, 2018 ]
Have had good luck with this cable paired with the monster banana ends. [ Gary  Mar 12, 2018 ]
This was included in the bundle. [ J  Mar 03, 2018 ]
Monster makes great instrument cables. I've used those for years, and I assume this would be no different. The specs for signal protection are what attracted me the most. [ Joseph  Jan 31, 2018 ]
This is a gift for a not-so-techy friend and I wanted to make it simple... but I doubt he even has a wire stripper, so I may be making a trip to Indianapolis to install these speakers anyway! LOL! Honestly, though, I would buy this for myself (and should - my speaker setup needs an overhaul!) so I thought it was the best option! [ Bernard  Jan 26, 2018 ]
Monster Cable is usually reliable and I needed the wire. Good price too! [ Paul F.  Jan 16, 2018 ]
Cable reputation and sound quality [ John  Jan 01, 2018 ]
Cost and availability. It was the right product (specs and length) to install the sound system I just purchased. [ Franz  Dec 09, 2017 ]
Affordable and reliable [ Jason  Nov 11, 2017 ]
I need this wire to run to my Klipsch bookshelf and center channel speakers. This brand will stand the test of time. [ Marcus  Nov 02, 2017 ]
Quality is outstanding. If you are putting together a home theater, you need the very best quality, and monster is it! [ jeffrey  Oct 25, 2017 ]
need good cable for great speakers. adviser recommended [ Derek  Oct 12, 2017 ]
Company reputation [ Scott  Oct 04, 2017 ]
thick and help keep sound,,, [ LARRY  Sep 16, 2017 ]
I've used it before and like it. [ John T.  Sep 09, 2017 ]
I plan to purchase a receiver and replace the wiring. [ Yoon  Sep 07, 2017 ]
Recommended by Crutchfield advisor. [ Michael  Sep 04, 2017 ]
good wire [ Peter  May 22, 2017 ]
needed less than 10 inches high to fit in bookcase [ James  Apr 22, 2017 ]
Monster is a trusted name. 60 cents a foot is high, but so is copper. [ Roger  Apr 03, 2017 ]
have used monster cable in past and with superior sound with my Bose 501 speakers. Crutchfield's price was fantastic. Forgot that you folks were still in business. Thanks again [ Malcolm  Mar 26, 2017 ]
Length and price [ R  Mar 24, 2017 ]
Reviews [ Lloyd  Feb 07, 2017 ]
Recommended by Crutchfield [ Cara  Jan 14, 2017 ]
Recommended by my advisor Tim who was just fantastic in helping me today! I have heard of the Monster Cable brand in the past. [ M  Dec 26, 2016 ]
recommended [ Roger  Dec 10, 2016 ]
Monster name. [ Robert  Dec 08, 2016 ]
Good value for the price [ Gene  Dec 01, 2016 ]
Recommended by adviser [ Kevin  Nov 29, 2016 ]
I always have good service from Crutchfield, and I needed speaker cable, so I talked to Troy and he gave me the advice to choose this one. [ DikDak  Nov 19, 2016 ]
Good reputation. [ Lawrence  Oct 30, 2016 ]
Rewiring all my speakers and wanted to use quality speaker wire. [ Joshua  Jun 02, 2016 ]
I've used this product for years on both home and mobile applications. It's simply the best, in my opinion. [ CHARLES E  May 11, 2016 ]
Monster is the best speaker wire I've ever used! [ Eric  Mar 07, 2016 ]
Seems like a high quality cable. [ Sidney  Mar 06, 2016 ]
I have used this product before. [ Dennis  Feb 26, 2016 ]
Andy (Crutchfield rep) recommended. Andy's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=42 [ Mark  Feb 24, 2016 ]
My brother likes them and he is my advisor on such matters [ R  Feb 16, 2016 ]
Quality speaker cable without paying to high of a price. [ Jay P.  Jan 30, 2016 ]
I chose Monster cable because I know Monster is a good cable. I have never experimented with more expensive cable so I really can't compare to other cable but the other reason I chose Monster is because it is very affordable. [ Keith  Jan 08, 2016 ]
Price and reviews. [ DARREN  Jan 05, 2016 ]
recommended by Jenny [ Daniel  Dec 16, 2017 ]
Bedroom System [ MELMOTH B  Dec 10, 2017 ]
Reputable manufacturer with favorable reviews for this product. I only need to run about 6' of wire for each speaker. [ Keith  Dec 06, 2017 ]
Based on short run from speakers to receiver and advice from Crutchfield advisor. [ John  Nov 28, 2017 ]
The Manufacturers reputation [ Jim  Nov 16, 2017 ]
Recommended by Dexter baised on my application [ Charles  Nov 02, 2017 ]
Great quality for a great price. [ Brian  Aug 07, 2017 ]
I needed cable for my new stereo set-up, and this is about the length I need. [ Todd  Jul 25, 2017 ]

9 questions already asked

myself l tend to use toward the peak power side while watching movies so on a amp of 250 or less I would use 14 gauge any amp larger I would use larger gauge wire. I've had some loude speakers glowing cherry red before. [ Kenneth  Jun 14, 2017 ]
The way I understand it, Wire you install in the walls has a different coating that does not fill your building with toxic smoke if your building was to catch fire. Other than that running speaker wire is not going to cause a fire, just not enough power runs thru speaker wire to generate enough heat to cause you problems. Now keep in mind that this wire is smaller in diameter and would be easier to run behind a baseboard. Legally you would have to use a different wire to meet building codes. [ Robert  Feb 20, 2017 ]
I placed mine along the outside of my shoe molding as I have it in a room with wall to wall carpeting. I believe it is safe to install behind the baseboard if there is adequate room and the wire covering integrity will not be broken. I have been happy with this purchase and if I expand my listening area with more speakers will order more. [ William  Feb 20, 2017 ]
I installed Monster XP wire in my family room along my baseboard with no trouble not behind my baseboard . You just lay it along the baseboard and your carpet and it looks great. just try to keep it as close to the baseboard as possible. Square it around the corners for a nice clean look. You should not have any trouble. It works great. [ FRANK  Feb 20, 2017 ]
I would say yes to your question and make sure the cable is in one long piece from receiver to speaker so you have no problems in the future and know that if you have a wiring problem come up its not from a worn connection between two spliced speaker wires. Also keep wire away from power outlet wiring! I hope this helps you. [ JEFFREY  Feb 19, 2017 ]
It is multi-stranded 16-gauge cable. You will find this information on the product page under "product highlights". [ Kenny  Feb 05, 2016 ]  Staff
I would use outdoor wire for safety of my amp and speakers [ Kenneth  Jun 14, 2017 ]
Bill, I have used it for a couple of years without any problems. I live in Wisconsin with diverse seasons. It has worked great for me. [ JOHN A  Jun 29, 2015 ]
Bill, I've looked all over the cable spool and my paperwork, and I don't find anything regarding indoor or outdoor use. If it was me, I'd go ahead and use it for my outdoor speakers. But, I'm not you, so you might want to get some cable that says it's specifically made for outdoor use. Your call. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful. --Gary. P.S. I got curious for myself so I called Crutchfield Tech Support: they said it would probably be OK if it wasn't directly exposed to the elements, such as rain, etc., otherwise you should get marine-grade wiring. Hope this helps you. --Gary [ Gary  Jun 29, 2015 ]
It should be just fine in any location if not subjected to direct sunlight for extended periods. I do not know the UV capabilities long term, so shielding may be necessary. Otherwise, it is very good, heavy duty and flexible cable. [ STEPHEN  Jun 28, 2015 ]
What is the white plastic tube for monster cable? [ Roland  Jan 30, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: That wire is not in-wall rated, however here is a link to all of our current products that are; http://www.crutchfield.com/g_22112/In-wall-Speaker-Wire.html?showAll=N&tp=1432 If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Jan 20, 2015 ]  Staff
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 ]
Yes it is copper [ Anthony  Mar 28, 2018 ]
Yes it is copper. Nice speaker wire. My speakers sound great using this wire. [ ROBERT  Mar 27, 2018 ]
Yes.pure copper. [ John  Mar 26, 2018 ]
Is this a trick question? Yes, it's copper. [ Scott  Mar 26, 2018 ]
Yes it is [ Adam  Mar 26, 2018 ]
Yes [ Kyle  Mar 26, 2018 ]
The cable needs to be cut to length, the two wires separated for a few inches on each end, and then stripped. It could be carefully done with a sharp knife, but I'd recommend using a wire stripping tool. [ TERRY K  Jun 18, 2015 ]
It has to be stripped, but it isn't hard to do. [ BRIAN  Jun 18, 2015 ]
This is a 50-foot spool, so you cut the wire to the length you need, and then strip the ends. A cheap pair of wire strippers will work, or you could do it with a knife if you are careful. [ William  Jun 18, 2015 ]
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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