DIY interconnects

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    For anyone wishing to try something like this, I have just made some tnt audio piano cables. I have only had a very brief listen, i cant yet comment on the sound quality, BUT, the amount of interference that the leads pick up is significantly less than my previous vdh thunderline.......

    just in case anyone fancies trying!

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    Buns,
    I know this thread is quite old, but did you come to any conclusion on the sound quality of these?

    Also what phono plugs did you end up using?

    Regards
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    A very old one indeed! :D The sound isnt too bad at all, i think there is less noise picked up with the piano than any of the other cables i tried. Overall i think the cable is weel worth trying, for its cost, it hasnt any bad features i can think of. But be aware that i am now very much of the opinion that one decent cable is as good as the next!

    for phonos, i used shark phonos which are available from maplin.

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    Cheers mate for the reply, one other question, is type 6 cable the same as cat 5?
     
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    AFAIk type 6 is quite different to cat 5...

    Here is the link to the piano6/1 diy cable ...


    I hav ebeen loking out for some Type 6 cable for months now.. just cant get it anywhere... Token ring is not as popular as it once was...

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    IBM type 6 is very different, it is a big black stiff cable with a lot of shielding. I think it and other variations are available here but be warned that type 6 is tough to get into a phon, so personally i cant imaging how anyone could manage with type 1!!!!

    Anyhow, i bought a big reel of the stuff when i was making mine and im sure i must have about 70m left so give me a shout if anyone wants some and i'll see what i can do!

    all the best

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    Thanks for the reply buns

    You've saved me a small fortune, well about £30 :laugh:

    I really need around 120m, but if you could sell me around 15m, I can do a trail run. How does that sound?


    I couldn't get into the site that you linked to

    Cheers
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    wow you really have alot of cabling! :eek: thats amazing!

    and one hell of a trial too! :D but thats not a problem!

    I tried the link and cant get it either, try the main RS site and look up IBM network cable and you should get it.

    drop me a message and i'll get you sorted

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    Buns, sorry to be really dumb, RS? surely not Richer Sounds
     
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    Thanks Mike, link timed out but I managed to get in using the web address

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    is this what I should be looking for RS
     
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    this links thing is totally a waste! :D they are all timed out!

    what was the exact description of the cable you were linking us to?

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    bugger it worked earlier. I shall try to find it again!
     
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    Ok, git there now. This time out thing must be a RS site related thing, bloody annoying :mad:


    The description is "LSF Lightweight Extension Data Cable"

    full description

    This cable is electrically equivalent to the indoor data cable type 6, but with a halogen free and flame retardant sheath. The sheath is ribbed to reduce kinking when the cable is bent.
    This cable is intended for use within the work areas as an extension cable, or within a wiring cabinet as a patch cable.
    Two twisted pairs of stranded 7/0·16mm 26 a.w.g. plain annealed copper insulated with cellular polypropylene. Both pairs are wrapped together in an aluminised polyester tape, a tinned copper braid and an LSF outer sheath.
     
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    also this

    "LSF Indoor Installation Cable"

    This cable is electrically equivalent to the indoor data cable type 1, but with a halogen free and flame retardant sheath. It is fire resistant to IEC332·3 category C.
    This cable is intended for use in indoor installations such as ceiling or floor ducts, conduits, etc. Two twisted pairs of 1/0·643 mm (22 a.w.g.) plain annealed copper insulated with cellular polypropylene. Each pair is wrapped in an aluminised polyester tape. The two pairs have an overall tinned copper braid and a LSF outer sheath.
     
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    and this!!!

    "Indoor Installation Cable"

    group of cables which meet the requirements for use in a IBM® Cabling System, which offers a common cabling system for most data and communication products. They are double screened and have a twisted pair construction to reduce the effects of interference from external sources, to minimise crosstalk and to reduce attenuation and high frequency radiation.
    Suitable connectors for IBM cabling systems can be found in the Data Communications section.



    RS Components Ltd. is an IBM referenced distributor.

    This cable is intended for use in indoor installations such as ceiling or floor ducts, conduits, etc. Two twisted pairs of 1/0·643 mm (22 a.w.g.) plain annealed copper insulated with crosslinked foamed polyethelene. Each pair is wrapped in an aluminised polyester tape. The two pairs have an overall tinned copper braid and a PVC outer sheath.
     
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    im not certain but i suspect it is the geometry and the shielding which is important here, so any cable with an analagous structure should do the trick...... i doubt one is going to be much different from another!

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    Cheers mate
     

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