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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by ldoodle, Jul 5, 2003.

  1. ldoodle

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    What's the best method to join speaker cable? I only need about half a metre extra.

    Thanks/....
     
  2. buns

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    best method is not to do it and to get a longer run!

    What quality of speakers are you taqlking about?

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  3. ldoodle

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    I can't get longer runs as my amp uses special plugs at the end.

    Temporarily I've joined the cable by twisting them together, but am not over keen on keeping it like this!

    What do you mean by 'What quality of speakers are you talking about?'. There 5.1/dts capable speakers.
     
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    what i mean is that if you are using thousand pound speakers it is a very bad idea to go joining cables.

    if you have to join cables, the best way i would think would be by using an electrical connector block or possibly even a small junction box

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    How would solder hold up to the job?
     
  6. lynx

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    Yep. I was going to suggest solder then cover with heat shrink sleeving.
     
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    well a crimped connection will tend to be more elctrically neutral hence my suggestion of a junction block (which of course would be covered by heat shrink or electrical tape.

    Though im half guessing this is an all in one system affair so really whatever is neatest would be best.

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    I bow to the knowledge of someone who has a physics degree (1st) :D . Well done :clap:
     
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    lol thanks..... but i've never done electricals beyond helping my dad wire up our house and what ive learnt the last few years on here :D

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    I can't imagine that a good soldered joint, properly insulated, will have any measurable effect on the signal being passed.
     
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    well im going on the basis that a cable termination will preferentially be crimped as opposed to solderered. I personally cannot vouch for the significance of this, but much wiser members as i (nic rhodes, gordon fraser for example) will adhere to this idea.

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    Thanks for the replies. :smashin:

    Any idea as to where I might be able to get some of these 'electrical connector blocks' or 'junction boxes' from?

    Thanks again/....
     
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    Hi Idoodle
    You can get male and female electrical connecters from car parts shops they are what they use in car wiring.The speaker wire goes in each open end of the connecters(male and female)you then crimp the wire to the connecter then just plug both connecters together then put electrical tape round the whole lot job done.You can get the connecters in different guages so will fit just about any thickness speaker wire.
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    So Halfords would be a good place to start then?
     
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    Yep
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    or b&q, texas....... these sorts of things are about as common as muck!

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    I went to Halfords, Comet, Homebase and Currys. They all didn't have what I was really looking for (from what you suggested).

    Though Currys had something called 'Monster QuickLock'. Anyone know anything about these?

    I'll try B&Q tomorrow.
     
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    Hi Idoodle
    Did any of the connectors have spade end fittings these are okay for what you want so long as the wire fits snug in the round end they will be fine.
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    what i am referring to are little clear plastic blocks a bit like lego, they have circular inputs onto which you then screw the little screw down onto , there is an identical connection at the other side of the connector wo which you put the output.....

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    Yep, but they didn't have any small ones in stock, and they were all double spaded clips. I'll check again tomorrow.


    They're a little too big for what I want to do.

    I would ideally like something flat and and crimpable (no screws).

    Thanks for the replies/...
     
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    ah sorry, good luck finding what you are after

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    Solder. The time spent looking at inferior conections ( crimped spade conectors ) would have had the job done by now and given a superior joint.The point of contact with the spade will oxidise as will the point of the crimp.
     

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