UP-OCC solid core copper for speaker cable

After reading about all these expensive cables and their extravagant claims, I decided to source the same wire that goes into many of them.

I have my monoblocs underneath and therefore close to the speakers. I ordered 8 feet of 14awg UP-OCC wire (with PTFE insulation) online. It is quite springy so I clamped it gently to the bench and cut it into 4 equal lengths. Assembling it into 2 x 24" speaker cables took a few minutes. I kept it running in the same direction, just in case. Be careful to gently slice the insulation and not to scar the copper.

Anyway, the improvement in sound quality was of a high order. Large increases in speed and transparency, more air, better definition of instruments, less coloration, backing voices I never noticed before etc. The improvement in musicality was impressive.

I urge folks to try this before spending lots of money on speaker cables. I don't bother with connectors as I feel they are another item in the way but that's your call. The wire was $6 a foot.

Available here:http://www.partsconnexion.com/wire_hookup_neotech_copper_teflon.html

See a photo of my cable here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6iot28p0weuwytn/up-occ.jpg?dl=0


I have more experience with OCC single crystal wire than you will ever have in your life, when Jim Wang was the owner of Harmonic technology I was repping for him here in the Vancouver area, and his niece now is running the company from Taiwan I believe, and the rectangular OCC single crystal wire is even superior to the round OCC, will beat cables costing double and they're rectangular silver wire the Amazon is not cheap it's about $9,000 US for two and a half meters.

Depends what length you want, 2 m is 4,200 US, 2.5 m is 4,800 US and if you need bi-wire it's $150 more. that's the manufacturer suggested retail price. and the silver is double that price. but from what I've been told that sounds even better, haven't heard it myself, I have the Sahara which is the rectangular copper and it sounds amazing, better than the round OCC single crystal wire.

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There are no absolutes in Audio, only preferences. I had a home audition of one of the companies speaker cables that uses rectangular copper. The company has been mentioned in this thread. I didn't like it in my system...they weren't as dimensional, detailed, and lacked the bass texture of my current speaker cables.