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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 Answers
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
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 Answers
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.
Customer Service - Q&A
on April 13, 2017

from Boston asked:
March 20, 2017
Does this wire come in a black jacket?
1 Answers
Hi Len: Our CL3/FT4 cables come only in White. What is your application for Black? TL/4261
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 Answers
Hi Devin: The cross-section is 1/4" or .25" TL/4239
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 Answers
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
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 Answers
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
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 Answers
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
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 Answers
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
Customer Service - Q&A
on January 20, 2016

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

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

Product Reviews

37 Reviews
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95% Recommend this product (35 of 37 responses)
By Chas.
Seattle, Washington
June 25, 2018
Just what I wanted
Good stuff, received promptly.
By Craig
November 19, 2016
Fast service
Just as ordered. Cheaper than brick and mortar stores.
By Pat
Philadelphia pa
August 12, 2016
High quality and quick delivery
August 2, 2016
as advertised
good quality
By Damon
Bryan, TX
May 6, 2016
Good wires
Quality wires for the price and outdoor rating.
Best UsesUsing to power a small solar powered outdoor sensor.
By Jon
March 24, 2016
Good quality for reasonable price
Would recommend to whoever is looking at installing outdoor speakers.
By Bobby
New Bern, NC
March 22, 2016
Good wire at a great price.
I used this same wire on the rock speakers I ordered from OSD 10 years ago for my house in Florida. They lasted the whole time. I recently relocated those same speakers to my other house in North Carolina and ordered new wire. Speakers still work! The only thing I need to do is paint over the teeth marks on the speakers left by the squirrels. Can't beat the price on the wire and free shipping to boot!
By Bill
March 14, 2016
2-Conductor Burial Rated Speaker Wire
I received the speaker wire in a timely fashion and appears to be exactly what I ordered. The price was cheaper compared to other sources. I'm going to use it for a pair of outdoor speakers I haven't installed yet. With the wire being rated for direct burial I'm not anticipating any problems.
By Brett
Cincinnati, OH
March 9, 2016
Great Price, Service, and Product
Best price anywhere for a great product.
By Marilyn
Chattanooga, TN
July 16, 2015
Better than expected
Great Product, great service, delivered early. Will come back here again, probably for speakers.
By palehorse
Charlotte, Michigan
July 13, 2015
Exactly the right wire !
I needed a wire/cable to connect my new rock speakers, and this product is exactly right for that purpose ! We needed the speakers to be behind our pool and the wires needed to be buried and run 80 feet to the speaker from the outlet jukebox source. This was exactly the correct wire to do the job.
By JD Wondo
September 7, 2014
As I've come to expect!
Quality speaker wire, delivered on time...and as usual a great price
By Tom
Windsor, CA
January 20, 2014
new building construction
Rated 4 stars because we have't actually heard any sound through the speakers yet. The building that we used the 16 gauge 2 conductor wire and flush ceiling mounted 8" speakers in isn't finished. The speakers (7 of them) were very easy to install; the wire easy to run. I expect the results to be more than satisfactory. The cost for the items? Very competitive with excellent support from OSD staff should it be needed.
By Golden
Houston Texas
September 5, 2013
Just what I Required
Item came in as scheduled, packaged correctly and after installed operated just as noted. Good product.
By Brandon
United States
August 26, 2013
Good wire at a good price
I picked this up as part of a bigger purchase to just make it easier on myself by getting everything sent at the same time. I knew I wanted a wire that was rated for indoor/outdoor use and I didn't need anything bigger than 16 gauge for the run I was making. This cable was very nice. The sheathing seems nice and durable without being too stiff and difficult to handle or run. I'm pleased with the purchase and will recommend to others doing outdoor speaker projects.
August 5, 2013
By andrew
July 31, 2013
Great Service
Put the order in on a tuesday afternoon and I had the item by thursday. Shipping was free too! These guys are legit. Keep it up!
ProsCable works great for outdoor speakers
By Chad
Montrose, mi
July 11, 2013
Can't beat the price.
This stuff is good for the money.
By Jay mercado
Upstate NY
July 5, 2013
Good service / fast delivery
Easy order, knowledgable staff. Super fast delivery, ohh and great price!
By Dmitri
July 5, 2013
easy to install and greatr sound
Installed it under the eaves in June. The sound is great and installation flexibility was good.
By Randy
Fort Worth, Texas
June 27, 2013
Gets the job done
I used to install two outdoor speakers in our pool area. Like the flexibility of the product for getting around corners and tight spaces. I ran the wire in flower beds along the perimeter fence and while I could bury it, we like to move the speakers so I prefer to just run in the beds. The downside is that the wire is a bright white so very visible if not buried. I would have preferred black or brown to hide it better. Each run was about 50 feet and we still had very nice response at the speakers.
ProsVery flexible and easy to handle and work with
ConsWhite-much too visible if not buried
By Al
June 19, 2013
Wire excellent packaging not as advertised.
Ordered two 100' spools of wire to pull both simultaneously and received one 200' coil. Forced to run out 100' and then pull together or make two pulls. Took extra time beyond planned time for job.
By Casey Genemans
May 23, 2013
Great price
Great price and excellent quality insulated speaker wire. Very good customer service
ProsQuality, speed of delivery
Best UsesOutdoor speaker wire
By Marco
Toronto, Canada
April 13, 2013
Priced just right
Great price and good quality.
By AV fanatic
Northbrook, IL
November 20, 2012
16 gauge in wall wiring
Really simple to search, identify, selecct pay and have shipped in a few days. Doesn't get better than this.
ProsConsistent Performance, Good Length
Best UsesHigh-End Equipment, Home Theater