Speaker wires are used to make the electrical connections between loudspeakers and audio amplifiers. Modern speaker wires consist of two or more electrical conductors individually insulated by plastic (such as PVC, PE or TPE) or, less commonly, rubber.
SHONSIN Cable aims to provide you with types of custom speaker wire. We have dedicated fifteen years of innovation to bring you good quality speaker wire that produces the sound of the highest quality. Throughout the years, we have furthered our expertise through the constant evolution of manufacturing methods and cables' design.
SHONSIN Cable places great emphasis on our ability to adapt and accommodate our customer’s requests, so whatever material you desire for your speaker wires we can accommodate it. To give you a clearer picture, here are some facts about the most common materials used for speaker wires in the industry.
There is a choice of a number of metals for use within the conductor of the custom speaker wire.
· Oxygen-free Copper (OFC): Copper is the most commonly used material for speaker wire. Its cost is reasonable and it has a good level of conductivity, i.e. it provides a low level of resistance in the wire. However, copper does oxidize - the surface can become coated with a thin layer of copper oxide; this creates a high resistance barrier between the cable and the speaker or amplifier where the connection takes place.
· Silver: Silver offers slightly lower resistance than copper and better sound quality, but it oxidizes very slowly. It is also considerably more expensive than copper. This means that a thicker copper wire will actually still be cheaper to buy. Another disadvantage of silver is that the silver wire easily breaks because the pure silver wire is too soft to twist.
· Silver Plated Copper: Silver plated Copper comes at a much more reasonable price, there are several advantages for it. First, it is easier to twist as OFC. Second, the silver layer will protect the copper from oxidization. Third, the signal is always on the surface which means the silver-plated copper will have better sound quality.
Depending on our customer's specific requirements for their custom speaker wire, SHONSIN custom speaker wire most commonly use copper as the main material in our speaker wires. We also have other materials available, like a copper and silver wire combination.
There is a broad array of applications for speaker wires. More often than not, the speaker wires application often dictates the material and insulation used for the wires. For example, according to our test, a 0.2mm or bigger copper conductor will give you a better sound quality compared to 0.16mm or thinner copper. But copper with 0.25mm or bigger may cause the cable to be very rigid and inflexible, so a 0.2mm OFC will be the best choice. There are other tests as well, copper with better purity can reduce the speed of oxidization. According to the OFC standard, there are 3 levels, 99.99%, 99.97%, 99.95% with a slight variation in pricing. Given both information, we recommend choosing a 0.2mm OFC with 99.99% purity as it will bring you the best result. There is also silver-plated copper wire, which comes at a higher cost than simple copper wires. This type of wire is more ideal for those who desire a more vivid audio quality. However, we at SHONSIN Cable value innovation and we recognize our customer’s desire for a wide variety of products. And we also take into account our customer's different applications and purposes for these speaker wires. Hence, we do not limit ourselves to one specific type of wire. We accommodate customer’s requests and other specifications. As previously mentioned, we at SHONSIN Cable can accommodate your customization requests to meet your specific speaker wire needs.
Most important: speaker wire with shielding can reduce dielectric losses and get better audio quality. Parallel speaker wire is the most common wire. As pictured below.
High-quality speaker wire can be round or flat, with shielding, will be better. If a two-conductor twist together can reduce dielectric losses as well. For better understanding, below is an easy to follow image which perfectly explains the aforementioned description of high-quality speaker wire.