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Benchmark Speaker Cable - NL2 to NL2 - 2 Pole




Price is for one cable, Order 2 for a stereo pair.

Hand assembled in the USA

Benchmark Studio&Stage™ Speaker Cables combine the best cable, connectors, and construction techniques in order to offer performance that meets the demands of world-class studios, while providing the strength and reliability required for stage applications.


These 2-pole cables connect to the +1 and -1 pins in an NL2 or NL4 jack. 

The plugs used on this cable are two conductor Neutrik NL2 SpeakON™ connectors. They are compatible with the four-conductor NL4 jacks on the back of the AHB2 power amplifier. The NL4 jacks provide two additional contacts (+2 and -2) but these extra contacts are only needed for some bi-amp applications. Use this 2-pole cable for stereo and bridged-mono applications.

Top-Quality Connectors

In our lab tests we have found that heavy-duty SpeakON™ connectors consistently outperform spade lugs, pins, and banana plugs. The SpeakON™ connectors provide a reliable low-impedance connection that can withstand high-currents. Of the more traditional speaker connectors, we have found that locking banana plugs provide the next best connections. In contrast, spade lugs and pins often provide poor connections. Spring-type (non-locking) banana plugs almost always provide poor connections and should be avoided.

The Benchmark AHB2 power amplifier is so clean that poor speaker connections can easily create more distortion than the entire power amplifier. We have seen this many times in the lab. The effects of poor speaker connections can easily be measured when testing the AHB2 power amplifier. We have learned that we cannot accurately measure the AHB2 unless we use SpeakON™ connectors or high-quality locking banana connectors.

SpeakON connectors also provide convenience and safety. No speaker connector is easier to use, they cannot short out, and they cannot give you a shock.

Star-Quad Construction

This top-quality Benchmark cable features Canare Star-Quad Speaker Cable. Four heavy-duty 14 AWG stranded conductors are combined into two pairs arranged in a star-quad configuration. The combined conductors are equivalent to 11 AWG, but the star-quad configuration reduces magnetic interference, making these cables far superior to 2-conductor cables.


  • Use this cable for connecting an AHB2 power amplifier to an SMS1 speaker (or any other speaker that uses a SpeakON twist-lock connector).
  • Use this cable for stereo or bridged-mono applications only.
  • Use our 4-pole cables for Bi-Amp applications.


  • 11 AWG (effective wire gauge - pair of 14 AWG conductors)
  • 14% more copper than 12 AWG cables
  • 2-pole cable wired in a 4-wire Star-Quad Configuration
  • Polyethylene Dielectric for low capacitance and improved frequency response
  • DC Resistance < 2.6 Ohms/1000 ft.
  • Capacitance: 45 pF/ft.
  • Diameter: 0.421 in.
  • Super flexible heavy-duty jacket
  • Heavy-Duty Locking 2-pole Neutrik NL2FX or NL2FXX SpeakON Connectors
  • Hand assembled in Syracuse, NY USA

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