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Finished Product. 15 foot Left and Right cable.



I found that the cables lie flatter if you trim off 1 1/4 inches from the lower 2 inputs. My subsequent cables look better and lay more natural.
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Very nice, have to make something similar for a subwoofer connection.

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Parts: Esoteric Audio "Isopath" jacketed wire (14AWG solid core twisted pair in Teflon with PVC outer jacket - really annoying to work with for long runs, but fine here...too bad I have like 200' of the stuff), carbon Techflex, heat shrink (I find "cable pants" annoying), Audioquest bananas* on amp end, Neutrik Speakon NL4FC (original model) on speaker end.

*Unfortunately, the binding posts on my Pro-Ject Amp Box SE are not designed for spades, and I'm not willing to modify the amp to use a proper Speakon connector. So I was stuck with either bananas or bare solid core wire that could break if flexed too much. So I went with bananas. I picked these particular parts because I had them on hand and they meet my minimum requirements for use with this wire (double set screw, insulated barrel). Otherwise there's nothing special about them. Since my speakers are bespoke obviously they have proper Neutrik Speakon jacks, bypassing that kludge we call "binding posts." Speakons are massively superior in every relevant and material way. More people should use them.

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Anyone used this Auvio wire from Radioshack? From what I have read it has excellent build quality and is more substantial than Monoprice wire.



Thinking of picking up some of this and making some DIY cables for my front speakers. Just need to figure out what size techflex and pants to get. Also, do I need to have a heat gun for the heatshrink material or is there another option?

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The Monoprice wire has a PVC jacket that is round and makes good looking round tech flex covered wire. The pictured wire doesn't. Just a FYI.
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The Monoprice wire has a PVC jacket that is round and makes good looking round tech flex covered wire. The pictured wire doesn't. Just a FYI.


you want round like this.. if you want premium cables..


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back to work summer is over !!!!


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Awesome speaker cables eh?!!! They look like a million bucks but cost a fraction!!! Don't get sucked in!!!

12 guage monoprice wire monoprice banana plugs knukonceptz cable pants and tech flex from eBay seller FurryLetters!!! Great deal!!!! And yes they are long!!! 50ft That is just ONE cable LOL I told you my room is BIG!
Very nice. BTW, for readers of this thread, KnuKonceptz also makes/sells good basic cables, very flexible (high strand count). Comparable to monoprice in costs. On Ebay/Amazon, you can get very durable bananas/spades through Orange County Speaker, they are a reseller, forget who the original manufacturer is but you can buy from them as well.
Have also used the cable pants from KnuKonceptz. Nice touch, and they increase the propagation velocity to at least 2X the speed of light.
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On Ebay/Amazon, you can get very durable bananas/spades through Orange County Speaker, they are a reseller, forget who the original manufacturer is but you can buy from them as well.
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Parts: Esoteric Audio "Isopath" jacketed wire (14AWG solid core twisted pair in Teflon with PVC outer jacket - really annoying to work with for long runs, but fine here...too bad I have like 200' of the stuff), carbon Techflex, heat shrink (I find "cable pants" annoying), Audioquest bananas* on amp end, Neutrik Speakon NL4FC (original model) on speaker end.

*Unfortunately, the binding posts on my Pro-Ject Amp Box SE are not designed for spades, and I'm not willing to modify the amp to use a proper Speakon connector. So I was stuck with either bananas or bare solid core wire that could break if flexed too much. So I went with bananas. I picked these particular parts because I had them on hand and they meet my minimum requirements for use with this wire (double set screw, insulated barrel). Otherwise there's nothing special about them. Since my speakers are bespoke obviously they have proper Neutrik Speakon jacks, bypassing that kludge we call "binding posts." Speakons are massively superior in every relevant and material way. More people should use them.
Now that is some quality stuff! Looks great! I wish the rest of the guys here used quality parts (i.e. connectors) instead of that Hong Kong garbage sold on eBay.
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Now that is some quality stuff! Looks great! I wish the rest of the guys here used quality parts (i.e. connectors) instead of that Hong Kong garbage sold on eBay.
I agree. Proper speaker connectors are made in Liechtenstein not Hong Kong!

On the banana end, had the wire I had on hand been stranded rather than solid I would've used Sewell Deadbolts. Like the parts I used, they have insulated barrels. But IMO the screw-compression fitting is just as good, and they take less time to assemble than the double-screw bananas.

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Now that is some quality stuff! Looks great! I wish the rest of the guys here used quality parts (i.e. connectors) instead of that Hong Kong garbage sold on eBay.
Not sure who you are including in your statement "rest of the guys" but I don't use inferior products in my personal cables. Quality Belden wiring, quality gls banana plugs, and sleeving from Germany. Wattgate connectors and Belden power wire for power cables.

Not all products on eBay are "garbage" considering a lot of manufactures sell on eBay.
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Not sure who you are including in your statement "rest of the guys" but I don't use inferior products in my personal cables. Quality Belden wiring, quality gls banana plugs, and sleeving from Germany. Wattgate connectors and Belden power wire for power cables.

Not all products on eBay are "garbage" considering a lot of manufactures sell on eBay.
OK - question for the thread:

I am running a Naim amp fed by a separate DAC/pre-amp (Oppo HA-1, highly recommended, separate thread).

Naim traditionally uses 5-pin DIN connectors as their preferred choice, but offer RCA as well. The oppo has balanced (XLR) and RCA outputs.

So, I would build a 5-pin DIN to 2 RCA (banana) adaptor, about 0.5 meter long. The 5th pin (shield) is simply un-terminated on the RCA end (need to confirm this).
Available (of course) from Naim, but there is no fun in that. And, this is not meant to increase the soundstage or reduce sibilance, just a cleaner and cooler looking cable.

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Question anyone tried braided CAT5 here?

hi,

This is exciting thread!!! Lots of nice looking cables!!!
I am new to the forum and new to DIY cable.
I am planning the make a cable asap and wonder if anyone here tried "braided CAT5" or "braided cable"?

I came across few interesting article regarding braided cable design such as :
“TNT CAT5 triple T” at TNT audio & diy-speaker-cable-faceoff
“Low-Inductance DIY Hi-Fi Speaker Cables” at diy audio projects dot com
(sorry I cant post a link yet)
I wonder if anyone can share their thought about those DIY braided cable?

Also, Has anyone tried the non-stranded copper core cable such as Talk 3 Cable? (talkelectronics dot com)
Does it make sense to braid Talk 3 cable?

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I think most in here just wanted a high quality, good looking cable but didn't want to spend $5,000.00 on a hunk of wire. As long as the diameter of the wire is sufficient to pass the needed electrons, it's exact configuration is mostly aesthetics. I don't really believe that braided vs upbraided or silver vs copper makes much of a difference.

Do something that looks good to you. Make it a large enough diameter to pass the power you want to use on the speaker.

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