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Wow!!!
This almost look like a welding cable, personally I would Never use that since it would be not workable and the strands are too big.
Also, the jumpers look like 24awg, so what is the use of a main with 2awg?


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Wire resistance is a function of wire size AND length. The longer the run, the bigger the wire needed, and vice versa. Plus most of the power goes to the low frequencies, which is why the larger cable is on the bottom terminals.

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Just got a new Denon AVR-X4000 last month, and it inspired me to make up some new cables. I ended up making both speaker and power cables. For the speaker cables, I used Belden 12 AWG from Blue Jeans Cable, GLS banana plugs, KnuKonceptz cable pants, and Techflex from Furryletters on eBay. For the power cables I bought a 25 ft reel of Southwire 12/3 AWG from Lowes, red Techflex and mixture of Cooper heavy duty power plugs that I had on hand and power plugs ordered on eBay.The longer power cables enabled me to rearrange my entertainment center without having to add another surge suppressor.
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Just got a new Denon AVR-X4000 last month, and it inspired me to make up some new cables. I ended up making both speaker and power cables. For the speaker cables, I used Belden 12 AWG from Blue Jeans Cable, GLS banana plugs, KnuKonceptz cable pants, and Techflex from Furryletters on eBay. For the power cables I bought a 25 ft reel of Southwire 12/3 AWG from Lowes, red Techflex and mixture of Cooper heavy duty power plugs that I had on hand and power plugs ordered on eBay.The longer power cables enabled me to rearrange my entertainment center without having to add another surge suppressor.
Excellent job! I'm thiiiiissssss close to going nuts and making cables for all of my equipment.
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The Nak plugs with the regular banana ends fit much better IMO :


My last speaker wire project used these plugs and I can't stand them. The plug part is OK, but the housing simply refused to stay screwed tight. I'd prefer not to have to threadlok every single wire I make and will be looking at the GLS options for my next project. Also, the opening for the wire entrance is made for something like 4GA wire (an estimate, not certain), and anything else hangs loosely in the middle of them.
Lets see... 4 year old topic, probably already answered multiple times in the follow 120 pages, but what the heck!?

I keep those pesky housings in place with a drop or two of blue locktite.
Nice tight and secure, but will come apart if you need it to.
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Lets see... 4 year old topic, probably already answered multiple times in the follow 120 pages, but what the heck!?

I keep those pesky housings in place with a drop or two of blue locktite.
Nice tight and secure, but will come apart if you need it to.

Good recommendation
I use the red one since it was all I had available and this made the job permanent, so if I want to do any changes, I will need to get new banana plugs.


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Good recommendation
I use the red one since it was all I had available and this made the job permanent, so if I want to do any changes, I will need to get new banana plugs.


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I know the original poster said he didn't want to thread lock each one, but seriously, its a drop of loctite and you are screwing them together anyway, so I don't mind using it.

Red should work, its not like we are planning on taking them apart once they are together anyway, right?
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Not sure why you would need to use loctite on plugs? Ive never had a single issue with mine coming loose. Im assuming anything made in bulk will have its flaws.
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Just got a new Denon AVR-X4000 last month, and it inspired me to make up some new cables. I ended up making both speaker and power cables. For the speaker cables, I used Belden 12 AWG from Blue Jeans Cable, GLS banana plugs, KnuKonceptz cable pants, and Techflex from Furryletters on eBay. For the power cables I bought a 25 ft reel of Southwire 12/3 AWG from Lowes, red Techflex and mixture of Cooper heavy duty power plugs that I had on hand and power plugs ordered on eBay.The longer power cables enabled me to rearrange my entertainment center without having to add another surge suppressor.
You can get that logo off the side of the pants with just a little bit of nail polish remover and Qtip.
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Excellent job! I'm thiiiiissssss close to going nuts and making cables for all of my equipment.
I had fun making mine and I'm sure you will too! It had been 4 years since I made my last set, about the same amount of time that this thread has been around. This thread is what got me started in the first place. I hope to reclaim my man cave in a few years and do it again!
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You can get that logo off the side of the pants with just a little bit of nail polish remover and Qtip.
Thanks for the suggestion.
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I know the original poster said he didn't want to thread lock each one, but seriously, its a drop of loctite and you are screwing them together anyway, so I don't mind using it.

Red should work, its not like we are planning on taking them apart once they are together anyway, right?
OR one can buy a different brand of plug and saVe time and money on the Locktite fix. Seriously, if they come loose, they are defective, why waste more money to fix them? The whole point is to be able to take it apart to change plugs, cables, otherwise one would just solder the wire into the connector.

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Not sure why you would need to use loctite on plugs? Ive never had a single issue with mine coming loose. Im assuming anything made in bulk will have its flaws.
Funny, we never seemed to assume that until they were stamped "Made in China". Well, unless they were stamped "Made in USA" and made on a Friday.

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Just got a new Denon AVR-X4000 last month, and it inspired me to make up some new cables. I ended up making both speaker and power cables. For the speaker cables, I used Belden 12 AWG from Blue Jeans Cable, GLS banana plugs, KnuKonceptz cable pants, and Techflex from Furryletters on eBay. For the power cables I bought a 25 ft reel of Southwire 12/3 AWG from Lowes, red Techflex and mixture of Cooper heavy duty power plugs that I had on hand and power plugs ordered on eBay.The longer power cables enabled me to rearrange my entertainment center without having to add another surge suppressor.
I love the power chords! I will have to do that some time.
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OR one can buy a different brand of plug and same time and money on the Locktite fix. Seriously, if they come loose, they are defective, why waste more money to fix them? The whole point is to be able to take it apart to change plugs, cables, otherwise one would just solder the wire into the connector.
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hehehe, yeah its funny to me that I am spending more on 20 GLS Locking banana plugs than my speaker wire (AudioQuest FLX 14/4).


You, too? I bought
  • 50' 14AWG wire: $10
  • Cable pants: $17 (I bought more sizes than I can use)
  • Heat-shrink tubing: $6
  • Soldering iron: $35
  • Solder: $4
  • Soldering stand: $10
  • Third-hand: $8
  • Heat gun: $13
  • Wire cutters: $17 (My $2 cutters don't cut it)
So far, I've built one 12' cable and I need one more.
Thats funny, Whenever I approach a project I always ask what new tools can I get out of this? The soldering iron, stand, third hand, heat gun, and wire cutters (any tools really) are not going away, they just add to your arsenal and ability to do other projects. Never complain about getting new, more, or better tools.

Yeah, they gotta be budgeted for since it is an initial cash outlay. But I only count the cost of the materials needed to produce the project since tools will be used again for everything that follows.
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Not sure why you would need to use loctite on plugs? Ive never had a single issue with mine coming loose. Im assuming anything made in bulk will have its flaws.
I use the nakamichi bananas, and the screw on shield/covers don't stay tight.
Dunno if the subs shake them loose, but whatever the reason they don't stay in place.
A single small drop of loctite blue keeps the shield/sheath/cover in place, and easily unscrewed if needed.
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I know the original poster said he didn't want to thread lock each one, but seriously, its a drop of loctite and you are screwing them together anyway, so I don't mind using it.

Red should work, its not like we are planning on taking them apart once they are together anyway, right?

Yes it does
Just the blue one alloy for changes
And this why I quote you as a good recommendation.
Blue is better and red is permanent

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


Hey CableGuy, So what IS the round premium stuff in your photo? Got a name and link for it? Thanks
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I know the original poster said he didn't want to thread lock each one, but seriously, its a drop of loctite and you are screwing them together anyway, so I don't mind using it.

Red should work, its not like we are planning on taking them apart once they are together anyway, right?

That's right
I did not see myself going to buy the blue Locktite when I hade already had the red one on hand


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Looking for recommendation on which cable pants to get for the Canare 4S11 cables. Looking for two conductor pants for the amp side. Any help is appreciated.
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Looking for recommendation on which cable pants to get for the Canare 4S11 cables. Looking for two conductor pants for the amp side. Any help is appreciated.
Your cable needs pants?! I guess mine are obscene...

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lol Looking for info on which ones to buy as I've already purchased a few from Parts Express and none fit. Looking for these:



So I can make my cables look like these:

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lol Looking for info on which ones to buy as I've already purchased a few from Parts Express and none fit. Looking for these:



So I can make my cables look like these:

What cable are you using (brand, gauge, model, part number)?

What is the diameter of your cable (outside sheath) and individual wire diameters?

Which parts have you purchased and tried from Parts-Express?

Are you using a heat gun to attempt to shrink the pants?

Knukonceptz has some that may be a different or better fit.

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I'm using Canare 4S11 cable and I purchased the largest pants from Parts Express:

https://www.parts-express.com/cable-...0-pcs--082-782

It slipped onto the outer jacket just fine, but when I twisted 2 pairs to form a single conductor, it wouldn't fit into the pant. And no, I'm not trying to shrink the pants. I reached out to Knukonceptz through eBay and they didn't felt that they don't have a pant that would fit my Canare 4S11 cable, so I figured that others must have ran into this issue, so that's why I posted here.
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