An electrical cable is made of two or more wires running side by side and bonded, twisted, or braided together to form a single assembly, the ends of which can be connected to two devices, enabling the transfer of electrical signals from one device to the other. Cables are used for a wide range of purposes, and each must be tailored for that purpose. Cables are used extensively in electronic devices for power and signal circuits. Long-distance communication takes place over undersea cables. Power cables are used for bulk transmission of alternating and direct current power, especially using high-voltage cable. Electrical cables are extensively used in building wiring for lighting, power and control circuits permanently installed in buildings. Since all the circuit conductors required can be installed in a cable at one time, installation labor is saved compared to certain other wiring methods.
The term originally referred to a nautical line of specific length where multiple ropes, each laid clockwise, are then laid together anti-clockwise and shackled to produce a strong thick line, resistant to water absorption, that was used to anchor large ships. In mechanics, cables, otherwise known as wire ropes, are used for lifting, hauling, and towing or conveying force through tension. In electrical engineering cables are used to carry electric currents. An optical cable contains one or more optical fibers in a protective jacket that supports the fibers.

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  1. Helix Hifi

    Kabeldirekt cables.

    I’ve ordered Kabeldirekt RCA cables. Thinking of buying Kabeldirekt speaker cables. Most likely 4 mm or 12 AVG. Banana plugs I’m considering either Deadbolt or the ones with two screws. Similar to Nakamachi ones. However I can only find 15 meters. I don’t need 15 meters. Only 7 meters...
  2. nickrutherford

    For Sale Audioquest Yukon 2 0.5m XLR Cables

    A pair of Audioquest Yukon 2 0.5m XLR Cables. These are in excellent condition and sound amazing, I have had to buy longer ones after a change of cabinet.
  3. L

    For Sale RCA Interconnect Cable clearout - Audioquest, QED, Transparent, Wireworld, Mark Grant (also Component cables)

    Having downsized my system, I have a few cables as follows - I'm not really sure what I might get for them, so have put in some "guess"prices, feel free to make offers :) 2 x 0.8m and 1 x 1m Audioquest Viper RCA-RCA interconnects Interconnects £25 each or all 3 for £60 2 x 1m QED Qnect4...
  4. kepha

    For Sale Pair of Monster Cable SW400 subwoofer cables (free)

    Hey - I have 2 monster SW400 subwoofer cables. These have been sat around in my loft for like 3 years unused, I haven't tested them but can't see why they wouldn't be okay. not sure on the length, maybe 3m but I can double check. Free to a good home, can split if you only need one. recipient...
  5. NewAcousticDimension

    Subwoofer plug/connector separator

    The subwoofer connections to my AVR both have two way RCA splitters attached to them. The end of each splitter (so four RCA female sockets) then has the male RCA attached leading to each subwoofer. If these come into contact (just the casing) then, obviously, a massive horrible noise comes...
  6. LuvCVs

    Onkyo PA-MC5500 Power Amp Ribbon Cables

    Hi, to anyone out there that has got this power amp, could I ask you kindly if you could take pictures of all the ribbon cables if possible? I need to put mine back in but I'm dammed if I remember which way around they go back in. Also the PSU leads that go on the power PCB board to the left and...
  7. stevethestinky

    Upgrading headphone cables...?

    Just been looking at the Meze website and see that they offer a couple of upgrade cables for the liric and 109's, one in copper and one silver plated. Prices are high and even higher. I know cables are a big contentious subject but I'd be interested if there any generalisations as to what...
  8. C

    Choosing speaker cables

    Hi, While expanding my 5.1 setup to 5.1.2, I needed to by speaker cable for a pair of Dynaudio p4–c65’s (ceiling). Based on some basic research I choose for oehlbach sp15, which has a 1.5mm and up to 90w. The AVR i’m using outputs 110w per channel (Marantz SR6015). I’m not 100% sure if the...
  9. PeakyPaul

    Help with speaker cable purchase

    Hi all, We are having some new carpet fitted in our lounge so I'm going to take the opportunity to change/update my speaker wiring as well as a good tidy of all the other cables. I have no idea about gauge of wire or ohms etc so would appreciate some advice on if I'm picking the right cable...
  10. OdieS

    Anyone used the Samsung installation/wall mounting service?

    Has anyone bought a TV directly from Samsung and opted for either of the two wall mounting options? There's a basic wall mount option and a "wall mount and conceal cables" option. There doesn't seem to be too much info about what to expect with this service - i.e the wording seems to imply...
  11. sha66y

    Speaker cables and worms in tins

    I am a little shocked and alarmed that my audio cable belief system is shattered! a little light reading: I have used Vandamme 2.5 blue for 4 years and loved it, however 3 months ago I decided to give “ change” a go and so fitted some Audioquest Rocket 11‘s ( bare wire to amp) to my...
  12. S

    For Sale apple 20w fast charging plug and 2 x usb c to lightning cables

    all official apple looking for £20 all in ppg or bt
  13. S

    TV compatability

    I’ve been asked to buy in and fit a simple av set up in our village hall They want a touch screen tv, blu ray player and projector and audio system I’ve fitted up a rack system with blu ray player , audio mixer and power amps plus an aux hdmi input for if they need to plug laptop in all working...
  14. sha66y

    Kef R3 -attaching cables!

    KEF R3 owners! how do you wire yours up? top 2 binding posts bottom 2 binding posts a red in the top and a black in the bottom and what’s the difference/benefit to each permutation ?
  15. spid3r

    Quality HDMI cables for an AV receiver - 8k - 60Hz/4k - 120Hz - eARC

    Hello, can you recommend some good (higher-quality at an affordable price) HDMI 2.1 cables for a 7.2-channel Onkyo AV receiver? It supports 8k at 60Hz and 4k at 120Hz. eARC and VRR are in use. 4k TV and PS5 are connected to it, but the current cables are crap and want to replace them with...
  16. spikeyjac

    For Sale Apple cables

    Apple 2m Lightning to USB C - never used but not boxed - £25 delivered Apple 1m Lightning to USB C - used but works fine - £10 delivered Apple USB C 2m cable - used but works fine - £10 delivered Apple USB C 2m cable - new in box - £15 delivered Thanks!
  17. Kei

    PSU cables: "8 pin" to 6+2 pin (CX430M vs RX 6600M)

    I would say I'm just above an amateur when it comes to building PCs. I've build over 4 myself since 2008, but have never ventured into a installing graphics cards which need an 8-pin connection. The only experience I've had with dealing with GPUs which require additional power was the 9600 GT...
  18. Methanoid

    Places to buy CHEAP Cat6 cables?

    I'd like toss my old cat5 cables which are in various states of repair and get some Cat6/6a cables, mostly 2m ones, in colours preferably (makes it easier to identify which cable connects to which device). Very difficult to find a vendor with a range of colours and same price of colours too...
  19. T

    Removing internal cable/phone tv boxes. Which inside boxes can I take out and skim over the holes?

    As you can see, my broadband is bt openreach/sky. Is there a way of removing the aerial socket box, cable/tel box, and/or ntl box? They are an eyesore and seem redundant. I own the house.
  20. alan1958

    Surround Cables All Mixed Up 😲

    Edit Sorry I should have explained that the red/black banana plug covers have also been mixed up. Advice please. Long story, but somehow my surround speaker cables have lost all their labels and some banana plug cover at the amp end. They run under the floorboards. My attempts at sorting...
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