Rocketfish™ - 100' Speaker Wire - 16AWG - Gold

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Keep your home theater or audio system delivering quality sound with this 100' spool of 16-gauge oxygen-free copper speaker cabling, used to connect your speakers to any receiver or amplifier.
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2418 out of 2500)

Features


16-gauge oxygen-free copper design for quality signal integrity

Polarity and measurement identification marks make installation easy

100' spool


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2498 reviews

97%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    EXCELLENT Speaker Wire!

    Posted
    SpockCO
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    Give your home theater's audio system the BEST speaker wire you can: Rocketfish™ - 16 AWG - Gold Speaker Wire. ... It features oxygen-free copper wire strands for PURE signal integrity (as well as oxidation/corrosion protection) AND one half of the "zip-line" pair of wires is clearly marked for easy polarity identification (and measuring the lead ends at the "split"). I also REALLY appreciate just how thick, yet flexible, the wire's insulating "sheath"/coating is. It's kind of hard to strip off the wires so I definitely recommend using a specialized wire stripping tool so you don't break/cut too many of the fine copper strands within. --> I have to imagine this wire is far tougher in case you have pets (or vermin) that love to chew on your wires. - I'm hoping I never have to find this out first-hand: No cats, no rats, no dogs, no ferrets, etc.. I've now re-wired both of my home theater audio systems with this Rocketfish™ - 16 AWG - Gold Speaker Wire, replacing generic, "thin as tissue" 18 AWG wire. ... I finally feel like I can turn my systems up higher than ever before, because the signal IS flowing so much better; AND THUS, it's far less susceptible to being disturbed by "stray" electronic/radio signal "noise". ... I even whipped out my soldering gun and "tinned" my leads for a super tight (better electrical contact) connection to my speaker's "posts". My home theater sound systems have gone from loud to earth shaking/glass rattling ... YEA! MY "BEST BUY" -ING SUGGESTION: Buy these speaker wire lengths (30, 50, 100 feet) as "Open Box" items: You'll save $5 to $10 (or so) AND you'll probably still receive a factory sealed reel of wire. No matter what, I really don't think Best Buy will "short" you (pun intended) and if they do, and you can reasonably prove it, I'm SURE they will make it up to you. ... Nearly 15 years of experience with Best Buy makes me positively assured about making such a claim, FOR SURE!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's wire

    Posted
    John
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    It is wire, after all. After 100 years, who could get away with bad wire these day? But having said that, there is one draw back. Most wire, especially specialty wire, is marked in order to identify the polarity of the wire. This is not. I had to literally trace all the wire to identify which end was which. You may ask, why? This is important because if you get one speaker reversed, you will have reversed polarity in the sound between the speakers, which not only creates a dead zone in the room but also consumes additional power. Without correction, this severely interferes with not only the performance of whatever equipment you are using, but also the enjoyment due to the degraded quality. It is only the slack of marking that reduces it from five stars to four stars, the wire itself is fine. While slightly off topic, I want to mention one other thing: regardless of the distances involved, make all wires the same length. Wire has resistance and a different lengths have different resistances which affects the "balance" of the system. Also choose the largest wire you can afford as the larger the wire the lower the resistance, the more you will get out of your system. This wire is a good size for most applications. If you want to be cheap, do NOT do it on the wire or the speakers. It does not matter how good all the front end equipment is, if the speakers or wire is junk, it WILL sound terrible.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great quality; Slight hassle to set up

    Posted
    REDSLATE
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    I don't tend to buy brand name cables as they all essentially fill the same role provided the build quality is nominal, but Rocketfish is offered at a reasonable price and their quality is satisfactory. While this speaker wire filled the need in my Home Theater setup, it's worth noting its minor downsides. I suppose the best way to describe the plastic shielding on the wires is "gummy" (note: not sticky). It's extra thick and has a slight rubbery feel to it. This thickness is ideal for protecting the copper wire inside, though it does make trimming it a bit of a hassel. I had to go up a Guage on my wire cutters as the 16 Guage stripper doesn't line up with these extra-thick wires. It also took several "cuts," with careful rotation of the wire, in order to get through the aforementioned gumminess and remove excess shielding on the ends. Additionally, the shielding is clear, with the only distinction between positive/negative being a thin strand of print on one side. I used this printed side as the negative (traditionally black in color) and the completely blank side as the positive (traditionally red in color). Personally, I colored the negative tips with Sharpie to facilitate recognition (low visibility behind my Home Theater setup). It's a minor inconvenience, but worth noting. Functionally, this product is solid. Initial setup may simply take a bit more effort than an alternative option, but the quality itself is unquestionable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Modem Doesn't Work/Bad Return Policy

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    htoooh
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    I bought a DSL modem to replace the modem from the phone company. I could get it to work for a few hours and then it would disconnect. I wasn't able to get it to connect back up. So, I waited a couple of days and tried again, with the same results. It would connect and then disconnect a few hours later. The phone company said the modem was compatible. I live over 60 miles from the nearest Best Buy store. When I went to return it yesterday I was told I was outside the return period. This is an awful policy!!! It took me a few days to try to get it to work and then I waited a few days to visit the store as it's not just around the corner. The chat "expert" could not help and only offered canned responses. He is not allowed to think out of the box. Therefore, I will be taking my meager business elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wire is Great, Hard to Read the Phase Info

    Posted
    Marv
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    I picked up this wire to connect my rear surround speakers and a Rocketfish wireless rear speaker kit. The wire is much easier to manipulate than the higher grade speaker wire, and I felt it would be sufficient for the rear channels through the wireless connection on the Rocketfish. My only complaint is that, while the wire is marked to indicate proper phase, the writing and identifying dots are very small and difficult to make out in normal lighting conditions. I had to work pretty hard to get everything connected properly. Partly this is my old eyes, but they could make it a lot easier by marking the wire with a bright stripe or some other easy identifier. Other than than, the wire is great and easy to work with, and much less $$ than the monster wire.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Below Average Speaker wire

    Posted
    Alex
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    There are better and easier speaker wires to work with available than Rocketfish. The jacket is incredibly tough, making it more difficult to separate the positive and negative, as well as stripping the ends themselves. Whether using manual or mechanical wire strippers, the jacket thickness leads to copper being cut in the process under most circumstances. For comparison's sake, the speaker wire I normally work with is an easy 2 steps of clamping down the wire and pulling the jacket off. With the Rocketfish wire, you're going to need to take painfully slow care of cutting through the jacket, then probably try again a few more times because copper has been cut. I recommend other brands than Rocketfish.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Top wire @ Low Price..

    Posted
    Bigruckus
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    Great wire..used this wire to build my new speaker wires...I also used the Monster Banana plugs which I bought from Best Buy...I saved lots of money making my own wires...I used the 16g wire....Monster banana plugs, some wire pants and some wire outer jacket covering to complete the job. The wire was easy to work with and stripped nicely...The sound of my system is topped notched...using this wire...do not waste your money on the other wire claims.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wish polarity was more obvious

    Posted
    DougAtTheLake
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    I'm using the 100ft length reel to make custom length speaker runs for an 7.1 A/V system in a larger room. I suppose many home theater owners would have had a professional installation done after buying their system but I pieced mine together over several purchases. Speaker wire was one of the last things as speaker placement was finally decided. Wire does make a difference in sound and this is good stuff but an obvious difference in the conductor colors or larger print on the insulation would have pleased my tired old eyes.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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