I have never personally rewired Vandersteens. Although, I do consider myself a very big fan of the marque. In my opinion, it is one of the premier manufacturers in the business. Witness the owners of the speaker who appear on this site(Sdcampbell, Garfish, etc.), and the quality of sound is obvious. To me, the best low cost copper wire is Axon 1. By far. It is distributed to retailers in North America by OrcaDesign. Please check their website. They are the US parts division of JMlabs, a premier speaker manufacturer. Axon 1 features solid core, dead soft 20 gauge copper wire. Insulation is either PVC or PE(sorry, I forgot). When I used to buy(1993 - 1995), it was a fraction of a dollar per foot(maybe 10 cents/foot). Sound is very good. I would put it up against almost any copper wire in the business. I have come to be a fan of the sound of silver. For the Vandersteens, I feel this would be an excellent opportunity to try silver. HomeGrown Audio features solid core, teflon insulated 22 gauge wire for $1.80/foot. Solid core wire is superior to stranded in the vast majority of cases, in my experience. Please twist(2 wires) or braid(3+) enough wire to get 17 gauge going to the tweeter, and 12 to 13 gauge going to the midrange and woofers. I feel your gains will be worth it. Give the wire one month before coming up with your conclusions on the upgrade. Good Luck!
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