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Average Customer Rating is 4.1 out of 5 stars:
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February 19, 2010 It's OK for the price but could be dangerous.
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MGB from Clovis, CA
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I purchased this kit because of the price, and figured the fuse block, and accessories are worth the price.

I know the wire is greatly over rated at 0 and 4 gauge. The 0 gauge is more like 3 gauge and the 4 is closer to 8 gauge. The other problem with this kit is that the wire is not true copper, but rather copper coated aluminum wire. Aluminum wire is not as good of a conductor as copper. It's common for cheaper brands to use Aluminum only or Copper coated Aluminum wire in their kits to cut costs. The copper coating acts like a carrier and helps power get from point a to point b since Aluminum is not as good of a conductor on its own. I guess this kit could be worse but should not be sold at a 0 gauge kit.

With that being said; they really shouldn't skimp on the wire size in this kit since it is already impaired by the material that comprises the wire its self.

If you don't know this going into the installation it could be dangerous since the main fuse is over rated for the size and construction of the wire, and could allow the wire to overheat and catch on fire without ever blowing the included 250 amp fuse. If you are going to use this wire I would suggest using nothing higher than a 150 amp fuse.

The RCA cables look good but I have not used them yet to know how they perform.

I won't even get into the speaker or the remote wire...

I wish someone would hold these Chinese companies accountable for the misrepresentation and quality of their products. Putting more plastic on wire does not make it 0 gauge but it does make it a fire hazard!

Bottom line:
This is a good kit if you need 4 and 8 gauge wire. The included accessories like the fuse holders, RCA cables, and distribution blocks are worth the cost of the kit. Change the 250amp fuse to a 150amp and the 100amp fuses to 60amp for safety, and you should be fine.

Also, Sonic Electronics is great and got my items to me smokin fast!
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July 6, 2010 Good, But less then advertised
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Justin from Milford, NJ
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The quality of the kit was very good. but it is not a 4 gauge or a 1/0 gauge kit, the 1/0 gauge is possibly 2 gauge, and the 4 gauge is more like 8 gauge. So if you had a lower power amp this would be perfect, but for an amp that really needs the real sizes, you'll need to look for a bigger kit.
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March 11, 2012 Not bad
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Bill99 from Dartmouth, NS, Canada
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The actual wire is not all that thick, and its just copper coated. Typical low end gear but it gets the job done. My only complaint is the ground wire is smaller than power so i just used a small part of the power wire for grounding.
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February 3, 2012 good deal
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ronald from vincennes, IN
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Good setup but the RCa jacks need to be not as flexible. My prongs broke just from disconnecting them from the amp.
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October 6, 2011 Undersized wires!
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Chappy from Reno, NV
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This is a great value as you get alot of quality items for a low price. The catch here is that all the conductors are smaller than indicated. My old 4 AWG power cable was about the same size of the "0 gauge" cable in this kit and the "4 gauge" is more like an 8 AWG. Besides that, all the accessories are true 0 & 4 AWG sizes. Overall, good bang for your buck kit if you dont need a 0 AWG cable. Also the wire itself is a copper plated aluminum which is an okay conductor.
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September 28, 2011 Not actual 0 gauge
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brandon from jupiter, FL
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Looks great but the wire is not 0 gauge. The outer diameter might be, but not the inside actual wire. It is a nice set up though and looks professional when installed.
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August 21, 2011 Fair product
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mike from rocky mount nc
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The amp kit components was nice but the wire is very overrated. What i mean is the wire was suppose to be 0 gage but its more like 2 gauge. The 2 gage wire in the kit is more like 4 gauge. Overall the kit is okay!!!
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May 15, 2011 not true AWG
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JL Audio from los la
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This cable is not true 0 gauge or four gauge, the 0awg is more like 4 awg and the 4awg is something less than 8 awg, good if ure lookin for 4 awg but not 1/0
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February 13, 2011 Good For Price
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Clark from McComb, MS
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Been Installing systems for 5+ years!

This kit was excellent for the price! Its pay for itself with the fuses, terminal, and dis block.

Pro's:
-The money paid alone was good enough for the fuses, terminal, and power distribution block..
-RCA'S are decent 3.5/5
-For a budget project this is worth a purchase but dont use the ground wire!!!

Con's:
-The 0 Gauge wire is more like 3 or 4 gauge wire which is decent if it were true copper, but its still okay.
-The worst thing would have to be the ground wire which as 8 gauge not 4 or 0 or even close, id recommend cutting off whats leftover with your power wire to use as a ground because you want your ground wire to be the same as your power wire diameter wise.
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March 1, 2010 You get what you pay for.
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Dude from Michigan
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It comes with everything you need for dual amps, but the wire is very very poor. the "0" gauge is more like 4 gauge, and the "4" gauge is 8-10 gauge. But other then that the product is very nice!
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