CAT 5 Speaker Cabling

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  1. sneaky

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    Im going to give this CAT 5 Milarky a go but I am a little confused by some of the posts.

    I have castle compact speakers(not bi-wirable).

    1) Is it best to use 2 lengths of cable for each speaker.

    2) How many pairs do I use for each terminal.

    3) Do I need to strip of the grey outer sheath of the CAT 5.

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    I would use 3 cables per speaker. Braid them together, strip the outer jacket off and then use all the solid colours for + and all the white-and-clolour cables for '-' .

    THat way you will have 12 conductors for each terminal.Keeps it nice and simple and is difficult to get wrong. There are various threads on this forum about it.

    I have only gone the bi-wire route because my speakers are bi-wirable and I felt this option was better than the jumper strips I had before.

    Interested to hear your views once you have tried it. I was totally sceptical.
     
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    Cheers Steve

    Will this be alright for 10metre runs
     
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    I use a double braid. So I braid 3 parallel pairs together.

    Alternatively you can go totally overkill..... separate down to individual conductors and braid 3 together. Then braid 3 of these 3's. Then 3 of them, then 3 again..... so 81 pairs per cable. Dont expect to have much skin left on your hands when you are done.

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    10m should be fine. You can use more cables if you like. Will reduce the resistance a bit more if you have big speakers.
     
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    Cheers Fellas,

    Why do you braid them together.

    Say you are using 2 cables instead of 3.

    Why not use one of the cables for the + and one for the -.

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    Twisting haleps with something or other, I'm not a techie. I suppose you could use a cable for each, or two for each.

    No hard and fast rules, experiment and see what happens. I have not yet built the full spec cable, just got some old PVC Cat5 from the shed twisted together to try it. I was so impressed I'm in the process of getting hold of the proper stuff from Maplin to make up some proper terminated cables.
     
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    Have a look for Nic Rhodes old posts on his matter..... There are all sort of electrical effects that could be mentioned, but Nic has been through them all already so i wont repeat

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