Thursday, May 25, 2023

T-Spec V16 VSW1116 Speaker Cable and V16RCA-32 RCA Audio Cable Review

I take my tunes everywhere I go. Having a good car stereo system is an enjoyment for many of us. Having quality installation components is key to a high-quality system. Metra makes some of the best, with their T-Spec brand of wires and cables. Their products range from V8 to V16 for their wires and cables. Up for review today is their V16 VSW1116 speaker cable and V16 Series V16RCA-32 RCA audio cable.


Features and specs:


20ft flexible over-molded braided cable

(11) 16 gauge conductors

Full spec OFC

5 pairs + remote


Braided cable cover

Outer jacket heatshrink included

Heatshrink wire labels included

Red and black ferrules included

Exceeds stringent CEA-2016 specifications

Meets BC-5W marine compliance standard

1 year limited warranty



Gold-plated copper RCA tips with continuous locking barrel

Enamel painted color bands for durable identification

26AWG oxygen-free copper core for maximum bass

Silver plating for true midrange and high-frequency fidelity

M-jacket insulates each channel separately

Non-conductive cotton filler

Polyethylene foam insulated jacket

Aluminum-faced mylar foil for EMI rejection

85 percent coverage braided tinned copper for emitted noise rejection

PVC outer jacket for strength and flexibility

Woven cotton cable shield

Length: 3 feet


They came in a nice-looking color printed boxes with photos and specs of the cable. Opening the box revealed a well-made cable and wire. Materials used in the construction was copper wire and plastic jacket. Quality of materials used, as well as the fit and finish was very good.


I really liked the design of the cables. For the speaker wires, it’s a great all-in-one cable. It’s great, especially for when you are using an after-market DSP. Unlike factory wires, these are actually 16 gauge, using a fine high strand count oxygen free copper wire. And it’s an 11-strand single cable, which makes it easier to run for installation. It even comes with the sleeve, labels, and connection ends. Everything you need for a clean looking installation.


The V16 RCA cable is also a great quality design. You get a 26-gauge solid copper core that is also silver plated for improved sound quality of the mids and highs. To keep the signal pure from noise it has quad shielding. The woven shielding is also tough. And the connector is gold plated and locks in place.


When it comes to car audio cable and wire products, Metra has you covered with their T-Spec brand. They have a multitude of different products. The V16 is their top of the line for wires and cables. And they performed in spades, like T-Spec products usually do. Based on their design, features, quality and performance, the VSW1116 and V16RCA-32 have earned our Editor’s Choice Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at