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Benchmark Speaker Cable - NL2 to Banana - 2 pole

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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.

This Cable is Compatible with NL2 and NL4 Jacks

These 2-pole cables connect to the +1 and -1 pins in an NL2 or NL4 jack. The +1 pin connects to the red locking banana plug. The -1 pin connects to the black locking banana plug.

The plug used on this cable is a two conductor Neutrik NL2 SpeakON™ connector. It is 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 radiation and interference by about 20 dB, making this cable superior to 2-conductor cables.


Use this cable for connecting an AHB2 power amplifier to a non-Benchmark speaker. Or use this cable to connect a non-Benchmark power amplifier to a Benchmark SMS1 speaker.

  • Use this cable for stereo or bridged-mono applications.
  • Use our 4-pole cables for bi-amp applications.
  • Use our 2-pole NL2 to NL2 cables when connecting a Benchmark AHB2 to Benchmark SMS1 speakers.


  • 11 AWG effective wire gauge (pair of 14 AWG conductors)
  • 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 Neutrik NL2FX or NL2FXX Connector on one end
  • Heavy Duty Locking Banana Plugs on one end
  • Hand assembled in USA

Note: The Neutrik NL2FXX is the new replacement for the NL2FX.


This Benchmark product was designed, assembled, and tested in the USA using USA and imported components.

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