Review of: Audio Technix 4ga OFC, Premium Quality RCA cable, 0 and 4ga ring terminals, RCA splitters, and 14/10ga CCA speaker wire
Funny how I just looked in this section again to see my Knu review/first looks are still at the top, so I guess this will be joining it. I just received my order from Coleman at Audio Technix. I won't be talking about shipping times since the order was placed December 28th and I had to wait for a new shipment to come in before I could get my hands on the new goodies. What I will say is that Coleman (and Rick) were extremely helpful and patient through my barrage of questions on stock updates. Anyway, here are the contents of the order:
6ft Silver-tinned OFC 4ga power wire
5ft 10ga CCA speaker wire
30ft 14ga CCA speaker wire
3 0ga ring terminals
4 4ga ring terminals
A pair of 1F-2M RCA splitters
One 1M-2F RCA splitters
AND TWO FREE VINYL DECALS OMFGFTMFW!!! (hey, I like free stuff)
Here's the whole shebang.
These RCAs are apparently a new offering from AT as the basic line are called the "High Quality" RCAs while the ones pictured are the "Premium Quality." First major differences I can note are that the connectors are now all-metal with split tips, the whole sleeve is now covered in techflex, and there are boots to reinforce the area where the cable splits out to each connector. There are also, as identified by the packaging, color choices of 2/4-channel or white/black.
Now for the 4ga OFC. I requested OFC 4ga and ended up with silver-tinned OFC. IIRC, the silver tinning helps fight corrosion of the copper, being more forgiving of a lesser-clean install. According to the jacket, strand count is 1,862 vs Knu's 2,058. I contribute the lower count due to the fact it's silver-tinned and they wanted to keep it true to AWG standards. The differences, I believe, will be minimal. And OH! How flexible it is...just look at those knots. About a quarter in diameter, to give you a better idea. This will go quite nicely with the Knu 0ga already in my Passat.
Also apparently new to the lineup are RCA splitters. I requested these from Coleman on a whim since the old site had no mention of them and was pleasantly surprised I didn't have to look elsewhere for these. Forgive the crappy photo, but you can see it well enough. From the single connection point to the junction, it looks to be extremely well-insulated. Beyond the junction, each wire comes in twisted pair out to solidly-built connectors. all internal wiring is covered by a clear jacket as well to make sure you don't slice it open too easily. I like the fact that each twisted pair and its terminal are also color-coded.
Sorry for the lack of speaker wire photos...I couldn't get the camera to focus well enough for my liking to really cover it, but if you've ordered the wire in the past, it really shouldn't be any different. While I like the fact that the positive and negative sides are different shapes as well as different colors, I do miss the grippy texture of my Knu wiring (guess you can't have it all).
I hope to get this installed after I buy a DMM. The plan is to bridge the 4-channel section of my Eclipse to get more juice to my MS comps, but don't want to eff it up/play the guessing game. Stay tuned for more in the future...