HOW to? CAT5 as Speaker cable?

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  1. eastman3000

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    Hi Guys,

    I have a stereo setup at moment. whats the best way of using CAT5 to connect it up? Is it just a single cable per terminal (+ -)?

    Advice appreciated.
     
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    Link in my signature for a basic version. HTH
     
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    I was just looking for that link... saved me loads of frustration!
     
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    But, how does it sound?
     
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    Like any other decent speaker cable except it cost a fraction of what hifi dealers sell speaker cable for.:thumbsup:
     
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    Excellent stuff guys. Thanks for the info.
     
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    More here :

    There is a good visual description in here how to “colour code” the CAT5 cables, use in tandem with KSs site above. Also read all the threads in this site about it, there are a few thorugh the years.

    http://evildonut.34sp.com/diy/FFRC.html
     
  9. sponnie

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    What about Cat 6?

    I was just looking at Maplins and it says Cat 6 is the new standard in networking and it's backwards compatible with Cat 5.

    It looks similar but the white cables are paired with the coloured ones.

    It's cheaper though @ 33p
     
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    CAT6 has exactly the same CSA amount of copper as CAT5 IIRC. It can be used as speaker cable too. In fact just checking Maplins for their CAT5 (code VB20W) that is listed as 79p/metre. So I would use the 33p stuff myself, Ive made various differing types of CAT5 cables and they all sound exactly the same.

    As for the conductors ie striped and coloured ones, you separate them all anyway even with CAT5 the config is the same as your link to strips the ends, then you “combine” all striped and all colours, this becomes your “colour code” mode, becomes impossible to cross wire from speaker terminal to amp binding posts. See links to the Evildonut FFRC page.
     
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    just the question i was gonna ask... right, gonna get me some cat5 later :smashin:
     

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