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post #2101 of 3532
hey-it worked for Mick Jagger and the guys from Spinal Tap biggrin.gif
post #2102 of 3532
So I have a set of speakers that use 8 cables each (as opposed to the normal 2). I found 8-cable wire (13ga). Think I'm gonna use a 4-tube (biwire) sleeve, then attach 3 2-tube sleeves on the ends of that.

Now: to figure out how to mark all those cables.
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hey-it worked for Mick Jagger and the guys from Spinal Tap biggrin.gif

lol... there's a joke about a speedo and a potato here, but since this is a "family site"... tongue.gif
post #2104 of 3532
I just finished making my very 1st dressed up 12 guage speaker wire. I need to get different banana plug. I don't like the monoprice banana plugs. I need something more stable.

Here are some pictures.





post #2105 of 3532
Not bad. The monoprice plugs are terrible quality IMHO. I have always used gls audio locking plugs.
post #2106 of 3532
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Originally Posted by nezff View Post

Not bad. The monoprice plugs are terrible quality IMHO. I have always used gls audio locking plugs.

Thanks. I just finished doing my front 3 speaker wires. I need to order more boots and sleeve to do the rest.
post #2107 of 3532
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I am using HDHomeRun Prime Tuner. This tuner is connected to network via Ethernet cable. Any computer in network can use this tuner. My sons have tuned this device on their computers. I don't have access to these computers as they keep these computers password protected.

I am using ASUS router (RT_N66U). I have TOMATO firmware installed on this router. I have set access restrictions on my sons computers. This router turns off internet for my kids on certain time daily. But it does not turn off HDHomeRun Prime Tuner connected to network.
So after internet is off they keep on watching Cable late night. It kills the purpose of turning off the internet.
I have scheduled some recordings, If I unplug this device from internet it effects my recordings.
How can I turn off their access to the Tuner?
Your Help is appreciated.

Wrong thread to be posting this. Start your own.
post #2108 of 3532
Im making my own this week. Using 12/2 in-wall from Monoprice, black Techflex from PE, heatshrink and Sewell Deadbolt plugs from Amazon. Looking forward to making something nice that will last and be easy to connect. Ill post up pics
post #2109 of 3532
Hi Tahirb,

and welcome to AVS forums. Just scroll up to the top of this page, just above the first post, you will see a box with "start a new thread"... click that. smile.gif
post #2110 of 3532
Three 12 gauge cables bundled 27 feet. Amp end branches off into single cables 12 inches each. Speaker ends branch of into single 8ft,14ft, and 20ft cables. All in clean cut black and locking GLS plugs.

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Originally Posted by nezff View Post

Three 12 gauge cables bundled 27 feet. Amp end branches off into single cables 12 inches each. Speaker ends branch of into single 8ft,14ft, and 20ft cables. All in clean cut black and locking GLS plugs.

Are the GLS banana plugs better than the monoprice one? I currently have the monoprice, but the ends bend easily, which cause the red black cable to touch in the back of my receiver causing it to heat up and almost over heating. So, I am looking for something stronger that doesn't bend as easy.
post #2112 of 3532
Mono price plugs are not very good IMHO. You can bend any plug with a certain amount of force of course.

I have always used gls plugs
post #2113 of 3532
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Originally Posted by nezff View Post

Mono price plugs are not very good IMHO. You can bend any plug with a certain amount of force of course.
I have always used gls plugs

I'll probably buy a few for my front 3 speakers and see how the compare to the monoprice.
post #2114 of 3532
Any idea how often new colors of techflex come out?

I would like something more than a basic color or pattern. I do like the snake pattern. It has a very attractive design and goes great with my beige carpet. The only problem is, snakes freak me out.

I went ahead and ordered a 25' section of it to cover the hdmi run to my projector. I want to see if I adjust to it before I do all my cables. I would hate to get out of bed, wander into the living room half asleep, and have a heart attack when I saw all the "snakes" in the room.

I was just wondering if new colors came out on a semi-regular basis, and maybe I should wait a bit before jumping into snake cables.
post #2115 of 3532
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Any idea how often new colors of techflex come out?
I would like something more than a basic color or pattern. I do like the snake pattern. It has a very attractive design and goes great with my beige carpet. The only problem is, snakes freak me out.
I went ahead and ordered a 25' section of it to cover the hdmi run to my projector. I want to see if I adjust to it before I do all my cables. I would hate to get out of bed, wander into the living room half asleep, and have a heart attack when I saw all the "snakes" in the room.
I was just wondering if new colors came out on a semi-regular basis, and maybe I should wait a bit before jumping into snake cables.

whats colors do you want. Techflex makes just about every color you can think of. Do you want different colors in one sleeve etc..?
Here are some options



post #2116 of 3532
Haven't seen those. Got a link to a product page where I can find those?
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Haven't seen those. Got a link to a product page where I can find those?
Stuff I get from hong kong
post #2119 of 3532
I like these two. Does furryletters carry these?
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Stuff I get from hong kong

That doesn't really help me then.
post #2121 of 3532
I think I'm going to go with the ViaBlue 3/8" sleeve. From what I can tell the ViaBlue seems to be a hair thicker than the TechFlex. I am thinking I should go with 11mm pants. Anybody know if that's the best size?
post #2122 of 3532
I really like the cables in this thread. I'm putting together my first real HT setup and want to make some cables myself. For an out of the wall application, meaning I will be connecting the cables to my receiver and then running it along the wall behind my component and TV stands to my speakers, would you guys still use cables like these over basic speaker wires with banana plugs? My setup will be a 2.1 or 3.1 system so all the wires will be mostly hidden behind my component and TV stands.
post #2123 of 3532
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Originally Posted by p3Orion View Post

I really like the cables in this thread. I'm putting together my first real HT setup and want to make some cables myself. For an out of the wall application, meaning I will be connecting the cables to my receiver and then running it along the wall behind my component and TV stands to my speakers, would you guys still use cables like these over basic speaker wires with banana plugs? My setup will be a 2.1 or 3.1 system so all the wires will be mostly hidden behind my component and TV stands.

I did my front 3.0 set up only. I will be doing my other 4.0 cables too, but I will only be doing the ends since 90% of the cable is being covered by a monster cable cover.
post #2124 of 3532
Do I need a heat gun for the wire pants or can I use a hair dryer?
post #2125 of 3532
I make pretty nice cables from CAT5 or CAT6, high purity copper and Teflon insulated, also plenum coated (fire/off-gas resistant)... Cut the sheath back at least 6 inches, and separate out all the singles and strip them about 1 inch to expose bare copper (solids or strands, depending on type)... Now, pick all the solid colors and twist together out to the ends and really twist the copper ends together carefully and smoothly; heat this a bit with your solder iron and flow your choice of solder in between the bundled/twisted ends and the hot iron... I like a softish solder so that my speaker and amp connectors "bite" into the ends, but you may like harder silver solder. Trim the soldered end to preferred length.
Repeat for the "stripes or whites" part of the wires ( and do the other end too)... put on bananas, pins, spades if you prefer, but I play with so much gear that can't use them, and I don't bother with them.

TEST FOR OPEN CIRCUIT BEFORE USING... Use a ohm meter to make sure that you crossed no strands/colors/stipes/whites...

With many of these CATn cables tossed away every day for the simple offense of losing a cable end, or just a locking tab, you all probably have a big supply of great cable to learn on and use close at hand, and a wide range of colors too!

They sound nice too I think, though I don't hold much to cables sounding like anything if heavy enough for a low voltage drop on the run they are used for! I had/ have some of the first big copper snakes sold as speaker wire... Still use it for my mains that never switch out of the system and still hate how stiff and fat and hard to terminate/insert/clamp they are.
post #2126 of 3532
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Do I need a heat gun for the wire pants or can I use a hair dryer?

You only need heat when using heat shrink, not cable pants.
post #2127 of 3532
Lol I bought a buncha stuff from monoprice this past week, including about 25 pairs of banana plugs. After reading the opinion in this thread I'm feeling like maybe it was not the best idea. They had great reviews on the site though.

Also, are there any B&M stores that sell speaker wire pants? I had never even heard of those until this thread and they definitely give the wiring a cleaner look.

Also any B&M stores sell the sleeving?
Edited by purbeast - 12/20/12 at 1:57pm
post #2128 of 3532
Have seen black at Harbour Freight and automotive stores... Also at a big box electronics place (Frys maybe?)... To dress up cables, especially for car stereo installations... But the slinky coil and split types are more common at those places.
post #2129 of 3532
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Originally Posted by purbeast View Post

Lol I bought a buncha stuff from monoprice this past week, including about 25 pairs of banana plugs. After reading the opinion in this thread I'm feeling like maybe it was not the best idea. They had great reviews on the site though.
Also, are there any B&M stores that sell speaker wire pants? I had never even heard of those until this thread and they definitely give the wiring a cleaner look.
Also any B&M stores sell the sleeving?

I've been using Monoprice banana plugs for a little over 4 years, and I kept them because it was too much money to send them back. They work okay, but they bend easily.
post #2130 of 3532
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Do I need a heat gun for the wire pants or can I use a hair dryer?

Not you do not need a heat gun. You can use a lighter like I did.
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