Originally Posted by Barrettmr
Okay that is very sweet - I need to learn how to do that and where to buy the parts
Cables can get costly real fast if you listen to the wrong folks, like instore salesman! There's a thread in here somewhere that's a DIY cable thread.
It all depends on what you want, what your budge will allow etc etc etc
Monoprice makes a good 12/2 or 12/4. 12/4 is good if you want to do a type of bi-wire at the speaker, been there, done that, went back to X/2 with homemade jumpers.
14/4 is good in order to double it up and make like an 11awg. You can get Canare 14/4 from BlueJean cable. Both of these companies are supported here at AVS. BJC also has a decent 10/2 as well.
I went with a company called Douglas Connection, I like the 10/2 better because of the jacket housing, it's similar to the Canare, plus, you get a small discount if you're a Polk Audio forum member.
The colored outer sleeving is called Tech Flex, you can get that off of Ebay pretty cheap. You'll want to find some fairly good quality banana plugs or spades, what ever you like.
You can get cable pants at various places, that's what Annapolis runs on his cables, I used to as well, a modified version, now all but my center cable has "splitters". Eventually I'll put cable splitters on my center too.
I started out with RCA brand 14awg from Lowes, then started the DIY with 12/4 cable from Monoprice, cable pants from different vendors, heat shrink, and banana plugs I got from Emotiva when they were still selling them. Thank goodness I purchased enough to set up an 11.x set up.
IMO, monster cable is over priced and overrated, on offense to monster consumers. I've seen equal and better quality go for less.
Anyway, I've been making my own cables for about four years now, and as I mentioned in an earlier post, I dig the splitters not only for their aesthetic value, but they eliminate the use of both heat shrink and cable pants. Makes the job faster and easier.
So there you have in a nut shell.....or two