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I would like to make some speaker cables, but i dont know How/What i need. Does anybody know a website on How to make your own speaker cable?. There are a couple of items i know i want, 1 is monoprice CL2 speaker wire, and the other were GLS banana plugs. THANKS

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You might want to read this thread....plenty of info there.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1301573

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Thanks afro

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What i need.

Wire. Plugs are actually a waste of $, they don't work any better than directly clamping the wire in a binding post. Their only advantage is if you have to remove them on a regular basis, but few of us do so.

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wire. Plugs are actually a waste of $, they don't work any better than directly clamping the wire in a binding post. Their only advantage is if you have to remove them on a regular basis, but few of us do so.

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Wire. Plugs are actually a waste of $, they don't work any better than directly clamping the wire in a binding post. Their only advantage is if you have to remove them on a regular basis, but few of us do so.

You can mark them down as cosmetic I guess. Some like the clean looks some don't care.
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thats true, but i heard the NAKED wire will corrode after time.

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thats true, but i heard the NAKED wire will corrode after time.

A plug is just a binding post that inserts into a socket. Wire is no more prone to corroding in a binding post than it is in a plug. If you're concerned about corrosion treat the wire ends, but unless the system is on your yacht or in your beach house I wouldn't be too worried.

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The reason I use banana plugs is for convenience. Much simpler to plug 10-14 banana plugs into the speaker terminals of your receiver than inserting bare wire.

I also use them on my speakers because I like to switch different sets around and experiment.

I generally pay about $1-$2/pr so the cost is minimal.

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thats true, but i heard the NAKED wire will corrode after time.

Copper 'oxidizes' over time. Badly oxidized cable is probably bad.

However, it's easy enough to trim an inch or two from the end of an
unterminated cable and get fresh, unspoiled copper. Banana plugs, by themselves,
won't accelerate or slow the oxidation. By providing a non-copper surface
you can touch, they keep nasty oil from the skin off the wire; this is good but
not critical.
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Copper 'oxidizes' over time. Badly oxidized cable is probably bad.

However, it's easy enough to trim an inch or two from the end of an
unterminated cable and get fresh, unspoiled copper. Banana plugs, by themselves,
won't accelerate or slow the oxidation. By providing a non-copper surface
you can touch, they keep nasty oil from the skin off the wire; this is good but
not critical.

Thanks for clearing that up.

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