I've got my CAT 5 cable and I'm going to make up some speaker cable this weekend. This got me to thinking about component cables and whether a homemade set of cables would be just as good (and a lot cheaper) than commercial ones. At the end of the day component cables are just digital 75ohm coaxial cables with phono plugs on the end. That's nothing special and the cable is cheaply available from the like of Maplin: http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=9512&TabID=1&source=14&doy=2m12 This cable is £1.99 per metre and looks to be ideal for the job. They sell phono plugs that also cost £1.99 each: http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=44031&TabID=1&source=15&WorldID=&doy=2m12 Taking the standard 1 metre length this means you could make a set of cables for £18. How can you therefore justify spending £60+ on a set of manufactured cables?