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Speaker Cable: What do you use?

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by Knightshade, Dec 19, 2004.

  1. Knightshade

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    2x 1.5m Stranded Cat5e (tri Wire) terminated with Homegrown Audio Rhodium Banana plugs.
    Total cost: £45
     
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    Home Cinema - Van De Hul
    Hi Fi - Chord

    Cost - Free with Purchases
     
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    Kimber 8TC and 4TC...works very nicely for biwiring my B&Ws,or singly with the Quad ESLs.
     
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    QED original front 3 and 72 strand plain for rears
     
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    QED silver micro for whole setup :thumbsup:
     
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    Gale 315 for the front 3 speakers, Gale 105 for the 2 rears. Also some Overall shielded Shark cable for some additional satellites that I use with the computer from the Speaker B output of my amp.

    Am planning to do some DIY cable for the front in the near future though. This will use 2 lengths of coaxial cable twisted together, then connecting one core and the other shield together to create each conductor. This should have the benefits of low inductance like the Cat5 varieties but without the accompanying high capacitance that the Cat5 varieties have. Terminated with some copper bananas or copper spades if I can find any :)
     
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    kimber 8TC for the fronts and kimber kwik-12 for the rears
     
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    I use 3 x CAT5 (Maplin code VB20W) as a single 5m pair to my speakers and have been doing so for the last 5 years.

    36m (6m cable braided together) of CAT x £0.38 per metre (price goes down to 38p after 10m when I bought it) £13.68 the “bare wire” or unterminated cost then is £1.37 per metre.

    Heatshrink was £5 (No need to use this at all FWIW tis purely a cosmetic finish on the finished cable).

    [​IMG]

    Banana wise I use these chaps :

    http://www.flashbacksales.co.uk/acatalog/4mm_Speaker_.html

    [​IMG]

    4 pairs (8 plugs) for full set = £14

    So £28 for cable – & bananas (although there seems something perverse in the plugs costing more than the cable I reckon) as vaild as any other cable out in the market place. And funnily enough it’s a cable that has been in place as my kit has upgraded several times and shown no problems with the newer kit Ive added.

    Anyone thinking of trying this stuff as speaker cable should check out the Cable FAQ at the top of the page there are a few links to good CAT5 speaker cable threads for info.
     
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    I'm another convert to cat5. Same method as CJRoss, I use shark banana plugs from maplin which are about £4 for 4 IIRC. I've also covered the cable with nylon braided sleeving from CPC. I would never think of buying "proper" speaker cable again having made these.
     
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    see my signature... :)
     
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    Top quality figure-eight low-voltage pure copper flexible cable with extra-fine quality PVC outer sheathing. Available in black or grey. :smashin: :clap: :smashin:
     
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    IM useing electrical wire
     
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    Nordost Blue Heaven bi-amp at the mo.
     
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    qed sa to the front 3 , qed micro to the rears seems to work o.k. over longish runs
     
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    Twin & Earth solid core mains cable from B&Q for the fronts/centre and JVC multi-strand copper cable for the rears. I plan on upgrading to cat5 when I get the upgraditis itch (thus allowing me to put off more expensive upgrades!)
     
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    quick question. I have just bought some CAT5 cables to swap with my current cables. The cale has 4 solid colour and 4 white/color conductors. It also has one silver wire that runs atop the all the other wires. This silver wire is devided from the rest with a blue foil kind of wrapping and some plastic. What do I do with this wire?
     
  19. Knightshade

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    Hi Ban5hee,
    It sounds decidedly like an 'earth' cable? Though I've never heard of one in Cat5 or Cat6 cable. If it didn't have the sheath round it i'd say it's a rip cord for removing the outer sheath from the cable.
    Any chance you could post a pic?
     
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    YEs I will do as soon as I get home. Hopefully someone can shed some light on that one :)
     
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    Nordost Super Flatline Gold for my Fronts and QED Silver Ann bi-wire for my rears
     
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    I'm using Kimber 4VS/8VS with WBT plugs for biwiring my front Kef Q7s. For rear speakers I use some no name copper cable which I bought years ago when I was building my first system. I also use this cable for center speaker.
     
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    Just upgraded to 3-cable braided cat5 and banana plugs...after picking myself up off my chair I'm absolutely stunned at the difference!

    To anyone contemplating this, DO IT! It's well worth the time, this really is excellent cable...the difference in presence and clarity is eye-opening and has really brought my amp (Yam 750) to life.
     
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    Run everybody! There's an evil Yamaha amp on the loose! :eek:
     
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    Maybe you're right John, it could have been wiring it up to that thunderstorm last night and cackling with glee at midnight :hiya:

    Still, a little but o' sacrificin never hurt anyone now did it?
    :devil:

    I keep having to convince myself the sub is off, there's a whole pile o' bass in my amp I didn't know about...have to get used to the new sound now.
     
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    Home made cables, made from cryo-treated, cross-connected 22AWG coax cable and Eichmann bayonets. Work a treat :thumbsup:

    Same cabling is used on left and right (single runs with 22AWG jumper cable) and biwired centre channel. Rear channels' cabling is Cable Talk 3.1 that was bought many years ago!

    Quick snap of the centre cable (flash made reds look pink for some reason!!)

    [​IMG]

    Paul.
     
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    Cat5e twisted & then wrapped with PVC tape at same time(4 strands).As per cable test on Audioholic's.Maplin Shark Banana's

    PS Bought 305m's of the purple LSZH stuff from Datalinkcabling for not much more than 100m's from Map's.
    Bob
     
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    Why are your speakers 51m (305m / 6 Runs = 51m FFRC recipe) away from your amplifer ? :D

    Good to see the CAT5 movement still going strong - puts sepaker cabling into perspective everytime. Anyone for £60/m QED Genesis for example ?
     
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    The low-smoke zero-halogen (LSZH) bit of cat5 just refers to the plastic sheathing - you can buy normal cat5 (bought mine in B&Q!) but it's less fire-safe.

    p.s. Cheers for the posts about cat5 CJ (and owain), my setup sounds so much better with cat5 - and it's really not difficult to do...I've not put extra sheathing on the braids, just fixed the ends with cable ties.
     
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    I use silver anniversary bi wire all round. Pretty good for the money, however after reading the posts about CAT5 wire, what benefits have the owners of this found? I'd be interested using it in the future.

    Any feedback?
     

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