100 strand twisted pairs.. diy

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  1. crossleymarko

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    ok so for my lrc channels im looking at diy cables.. i have 100 stand speaker cables and looking to better them and braid them to finish them off... with bannana plugs

    looking at taking four cores of 100 strand or 79 for that matter and doubling up and twisting each pole.. then twisting together

    How To Build a Better Speaker Cable


    what do we think...
     
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    Personally I'd use individually screened cables that you get in CAT5 cable.

    I used a modified version of these instructions:

    The "Full Frequency Range Cable"

    I ended up with this:

    [​IMG]
     
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    very interested in using cat 5 for speaker cable, Mr. Incredible, and your diagram is nice and simple, thanks! Can I ask a few questions?

    1. What cable did you use? Where did you get it?
    2. How many twists did you use?
    3. Did you terminate the cables?

    Thanks (and sorry for the thread hijack!)

    Al
     
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    1. Can't remember what it was, but bought from CPC. It was a 305m roll. It did use solid cores though. The link to TNT-Audio has the spec they recommend.
    2. It wasn't so much twists as braiding. The twist are a design of the CAT5 cable. Braiding over short lengths was OK and I managed a nice and tight finish. But over a 15m length it was impossible to do, so just did the best I could. In some places along the length there was little or no braiding.
    3. Used Banana plugs to terminate.
     
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    found this at maplins


    Cat 6 Network Cable UTP Solid : Cat6 Network Cables : Maplin Electronics

    any good
     
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    cant find ffrc cat5e cable.. only catfe utp
     
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    "FFRC" is an acronym for the "end result" - a Full Frequency Range Cable!! Nothing to do with the type of CAT cable. The link you give looks fine to me, assuming it's solid core.
     
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    ok well heres an idea...2.5mm T&E solid cores striped out and doubled up so double 2.5mm for each pole.

    [​IMG]

    twisted single + & - x2
    Then twisted together...
    put braid and bannana plugs on... whalla!

    what do we think

    ignore one end... its just a play around
     
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    Isn't it a bit stiff?
     
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    bet its only as stiff as 3-6 clengths of braided cat5... or not far off... its not as stiff as whenits in its standard form...
     

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