Blue Jeans Speaker Wire - 12awg - issues
I'm curious if anyone else has experienced the same issues I have with their BJC speaker wires. I'm finding it incredibly difficult the strip the wires. I have 3 different wire strippers ranging from the basic "every man should have" version to a pretty nice set of Milwaukee electricians pliers. If I use the 12awg slot on any of the wire strippers, it shaves just a little of the insulation off - doesn't come close to removing it. It seems the gauge of the speaker wire is slightly less than 12awg. So I bump it down to the 14awg slot. That will slice the insulation, but I cannot slide the insulation off - not enough clearance around the copper strands. So then I bump back up to the 12awg slot to try and pull the insulation off. It's taking a tremendous amount of force to do this. In essence what's happening is for every wire I'm stripping, I'm just pealing the insulation back until enough has come off where I can pull it off with my pliers.
To put it in perspective, I had to strip 9 speaker wires, so that's a total of 36 strips, it took me almost 2 hours to do this. I grabbed a set of Monoprice speaker wire thats 14awg just to make sure there's nothing wrong with my wire strippers, and was able to cleanly and efficiently strip those wires with not problem. The biggest difference I see between the BJC wires and Monoprice is that when I strip (finally) the BJC wires, all the strands are very tightly twisted - almost like a solid core wire. The Monoprice speaker wire is what you expect from speaker wire, the strands are all frayed and you have to give them a quick twist after stripping.
Is this just the nature of the beast because of how the BJC wires are twisted so tightly, causing the insulation not to slide off as easily? I can't imagine these speaker wires would be as commonly used as they are if they're this difficult to strip. I just don't know if there's a manufacturing defect with the wire, or if I'm doing something wrong, or if this is just something I need to live with.