When deciding what kind of cable to use for your speaker setup, one
of the first things to consider is the cable’s AWG. The American Wire
Gauge (AWG) refers to the thickness of the copper wire in the cable. The
lower the gauge number, the thicker the wire. Most speaker wire ranges
from 12 AWG to 16 AWG. It’s important to use the correct gauge for your
speaker setup. For most average speakers, 16 AWG wire will work well for
you in lengths of less than 50 feet. But to ensure the best quality
sound, it's better to get a thicker cable.
Gauge isn’t the only thing to consider when you buy speaker cable.
Mixing different alloys in with the copper makes it cheaper, but they
can also affect how conductive the wire is. Less conductive wire means
poor sound quality. Adding in different alloys can also lead to cable
breaks when going around tight corners. At Sewell Direct we want you to
have great sound, so our 16 gauge cable is 99.99% pure copper.
What’s So Great about Oxygen-Free Cable?
When dealing with copper, oxygen is bad news. Poor quality wire
sometimes has microscopic pockets of oxygen trapped in the copper. Over
time, these pockets can become larger and cause oxidation, which can
make the copper less conductive, and may even destroy the cable.
Since our 16 gauge cable is oxygen free, you never have to worry
about that. In fact, we guarantee this cable for the life of your