These are the famous and controversial solid core double helix cables which have been cut and modified to a 4 foot length with the speaker ends extended so as to eliminate the need for separate jumper cables. These wires are very stiff and durable and able to support themselves off of the floor. They would benefit from some shrink tubing to clean up the connecting ends so if anyone is curious about the Mapleshade wires here is a cheap point of entry. I loved them so much I replaced them with the version 2’s but I really cannot hear any difference. I will cover the Paypal fee.