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16 Gauge 2-Conductor Oxygen Free Burial Rated In-Wall Speaker Cable CL3 (50 - 250ft)

Product code: JA-16-2

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Features & Specifications

When you're planning a high-end outdoor speaker installation for residential or professional use, you will want the finest quality of outdoor speaker wire available. This 16-gauge 2-conductor double insulated outdoor cable is perfect for speakers, low voltage landscape lighting and other outdoor or direct burial use. The wires are housed in a UV-resistant white polyethylene jacket that protects the wire from water damage. OSD audio speaker wire (indoor/outdoor) is also resistant to gasoline, solvents and chemicals. This is audiophile-grade speaker cable (16 gauge) that has 25 strands of 99.9 percent pure copper conductors for superior signal transfer. OSD speaker wire performs as well as if not better than the competition's, and it costs less.


Other Product Info

A reasonably priced alternative to Monster® Cable. This wire is perfect for outdoor speakers, low voltage lighting and many other outdoor or direct burial applications. The cable features a specially formulated white polyethylene jacket that is U/V resistant and provides protection against water damage. The audiophile grade wire contains 25 strands of 99.9% pure copper conductors. The high strand count provides improved skin effect.


10 Questions & 10 Answers
from CA asked:
June 30, 2017
Is there any printing on the wire sheath, or is it plain white? I'm running just underneath white exterior trim, and I'd rather not paint.
1 Answer
HI BD: All of our CL3/FT4 rated direct burial wire has text on the jacket that repeats every two feet with a number so you can keep track of the length of wire that has been used. Secondly we have to pay for the CL3/FT4 certification on the jacket and it needs to be noted on the jacket so the inspector who signs off on the electrical on the house can sign off on the cable being used inside the walls. The jacket of the cable has a fire retardant added. It will not burn inside the wall (just melt) or give off toxic fumes. CL3 is for US domestic and FT4 is the Canadian equivalent. It is printed on the same side of the cable so you might be able to run it with the blank side showing. TL/4446
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on July 1, 2017

from Ca asked:
April 8, 2017
How many amps can this handle for low voltage lighting?
1 Answer
HI Kyle: Our factory does not supply an amperage rating but does provide a UL number and UL style that covers the fire retardant jacket material. If your concerned check with the lighting manufacturer and see what rating they prescribe. In the interim I will contact our manufacturer and see if I can answer your question. I will post it if and when I receive an answer. TL/4296 Note we typically are concerned in distance versus gauge, 1 to 80 feet; 16 gauge, 80 to 200 ft; 14 gauge and above 200; 12 gauge. If it is low frequencies only like in a sub woofer than 14 gauge to 50 ft and 12 gauge above 50 ft.
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on April 13, 2017

from Boston asked:
March 20, 2017
Does this wire come in a black jacket?
1 Answer
Hi Len: Our CL3/FT4 cables come only in White. What is your application for Black? TL/4261
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on March 20, 2017

from Pacific Northwest asked:
March 3, 2017
What is the cross-section of these wires? I have an outdoor project planned and I wanted to get a water-tight fitting, which requires the cross-section in inches.
1 Answer
Hi Devin: The cross-section is 1/4" or .25" TL/4239
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on March 10, 2017

from kansas asked:
October 6, 2016
I have a existing out door speaker system set up. I am moving the amplifier and additional 60 feet way. the existing wire is 14 gauge and has an 80 foot run to the speaker. I will leave the existing cable in place and just add to it to get to the new location of the amp. can I use 16 gauge on the new run from the amp to the existing wire
1 Answer
Hi Dave: You would need to use 14 gauge to match the rest of the system. Your wiring is only as good as its weakest link. TL/4086
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on October 7, 2016

Marc Couture
from Gatineau, Québec, Canada asked:
July 22, 2016
I will be building a new house with outdoor patio using in-ceiling speakers everywhere. 2 zones outside and 5 zones indoor. Can I use this cable for everything. I have no run exceeding 60 feet. Also, from the 5 zones indoor, I will install in the ceiling 2 pairs (front and back) for my home theatre system What model would you suggest knowing I have already an excellent subwoofer on the floor
1 Answer
Hi Marc: The 16 gauge will work fine for your application. We usually recommend going with 14 gauge when you have runs over 80 feet. Most components and speakers have no problem dealing with the heavier gauge when terminating them. If you are using indoor volume controls or Speaker Selector you will find that 16 gauge is the easier to terminate in the input/output connectors. If you are connecting a outdoor or in-wall sub woofer it is recommended to go with bigger gauges like 14 or even 12 gauge. TL/3992
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on July 24, 2016

from Florida asked:
April 23, 2016
I know this is rated for direct burial, but is there any problem with running this wire in underground conduit?
1 Answer
Hi Jeff: The speaker wire has no problem running in conduit versus direct burial. Typically the direct burial cable needs to be buried deeper than the conduit to avoid being accidentally cut. The conduit helps protect the wire from that as well. You will need to check the local regulations which covers the specifics on depths for both wire by itself or the conduit. So yes, no problem running in the conduit. TL/3832
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on April 23, 2016

from Chesapeake,va. asked:
January 4, 2016
What gauge speaker wire do I need for a 50 in interior walls?
1 Answer
Hi Jim, For a 50 foot run, you can use 16 gauge speaker wire. If you are getting close to 80 feet, that's when you would would to use 14 gauge. CS 3649
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on January 20, 2016

from Medford, NY asked:
July 14, 2014
Is this direct burial / in the ground wire?
1 Answer
Hi Don, Yes - this is ready to be directly buried and will be completely protected against practically everything but critters.
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on July 14, 2014

from calif asked:
June 3, 2013
What is diameter of cable?
1 Answer
Hi Kino, The diameter of our 16-2 speaker cable is 3/16ths of an inch. CL/MA 1942
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on June 6, 2013

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