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

havocman, I have read his responses.

Your rebuttal was not a defense of your position or truth, it was the mocking of his perceived financial status. It was an attempt to belittle and demean by insinuating you’re somehow better because you can afford them. You could have stated what your perception of the truth is without your deliberate and admitted attempt at ridicule, but you didn’t.

And that is what speaks volumes about your character.

I also freely admit that I can be a colossal jerk, but I would never ridicule someone over their station in life.

There. I’ve had my say and I shall leave it at that.



Figured it out this @havocman man is none other than @urbie 

@tammyholt may want to just this down now. 


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MIT does not use OCC single crystal wire sorry they use cheap ofc wire cuz I phoned them and asked them.



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have you tried the neotech rectangular cable? the Amazon and the Sahara and if you have what is your opinion? there's a new company that has come into the audio industry called Infigo audio they're using ofc conductors in their wire and some of the reviews said it's better than OCC single Crystal I highly doubt it.


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the rectangular silver and copper OCC will be much better than your Zu speaker cables, they're not cheap though but I got the Sahara which is the rectangular copper and it is superb much better than the round OCC.


I haven't compared the two directly but I have talked to the distributor and he says that the Amazon is much better than the Sahara and the only use the round OCC in their interconnects not in the speaker wire, the speaker wire is all rectangular o c c wire and the distributor told me that one of the retailers in Quebec put the Amazon speaker wire up against an $18,000 wire and he said that the Amazon was better, makes sense because it's OCC single crystal wire as opposed to regular silver wire.


With respect, my thread was about saving money using great quality Neotech wire and NOT about the really high priced cable you are endorsing. Please start your own thread on the subject. Thanks.