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Van Damme ofc pro loudspeaker cable

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    Hi,
    I'm looking at making my own loudspeaker cable and like the look of this. Really I have 3 questions, so if anyone can help it would be much appreciated

    1) is this stuff good

    2) Can I use the various different types, ie 2 x 2.5, 4 x 4.0, 8 x 2.5?

    3)If I can use any types, what is the best one to use, I may want to use this cable in a bi-amp or bi-wire environment, so should I use the thinner cable for the HF and the thicker for the LF

    Regards
    John
     
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    Not sure if this is the best room for this but.

    I think the best stuff that van Damme do is the 4x 4.0 for using in a home cinema or with a hifi setup.

    It's ideal for hiding away and you can double the wires up for single wiring usage and then also use for bi-wiring or bi-amping.

    I'd say it was a good choice.

    Where do you intend to buy it from and what terminations do you intend to use?
     
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    Hi Richard,
    Thanks for your reply.

    Wasn't sure whether it went in DIY or Speakers, plumped for DIY as I was intending to buy it bare.

    I was intending to buy it from VDC as I need around 50 odd metres and they look to be cheaper than retailers. Do you know differently?

    Terminations, glad you asked :devil: , I was going to post another thread on that but as you ask........... I was thinking perhaps of spade connecters, like the look of the WBT ones, but not sure where to get them and how much. Is there anothe good quality alternative.

    I should say that I posted a thread on speakers asking for advice on suitable cable for my Kef refs (203/201/202) but the majority of the suggestions are big bucks. I've got to say that I'm a little more than sceptical about paying in excess of £1,000 for speaker cable........but then again I am a philistine:laugh:

    Regards
    John
     
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    The van Damme cable will certainly be a good starting point, you can always upgrade latter at not too much of a cost forfit.

    If you can't hear a difference between cheaper and more expensive cables then there's no point going more expensive.

    Personnally I'd used the QED Airloc terminations, around £5 a plug. These are crimped onto the cable, and you can get them in either banana or spade form.

    If you can't afford them then these bananas from CPC are very good, and you can make them look nicer with a bit of nice looking heatshrink covering.

    I wouldn't personnally consider anything else.

    But hey, that's me. :D
     
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    Richard,
    Thanks again for your thoughts, do you believe that there is a better DIY speaker cable than this?
    rgds
    john
     
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    It depends on what you call DIY I guess.
     
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    Fair question but in my world, Buy a length or reel of cable and the attach your owm terminations....................but it there is an alternative such a buying ring main cable and screening that with suitable jacketing or......................... :-( so many options
     
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    You can buy pretty much any cable on the drum from a dealer.

    QED, Chord Co. etc
     
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    Thanks Richard, I'll probably stick with the Van Damme.
    Once I've done it I'll report back
     
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    if you mean this stuff

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    i use it alot ,especially were i need a good flexible multiway cable,the 4 core 2.5mm fits speakons fairly easily(the 8 core is a bit tight),however bog standard 2,3 or 4 core mains flex is just as good,maybe not as flexible though
     
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    And it doesn't look as cool. :D
     
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    Thanks mate, yeo that's the cable.

    When you say "bog standard 2,3 or 4 core mains flex" do you mean flex, as in like the type that hangs from the ceiling or the type thats buried in the wall connecting switches?
    is it affected by any interference or do you shield it some how?

    Cheers
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    flex as in the stuff that hangs from the celling or used for extension leads ect.
    i also use twin and earth(the stuff thats buryed in walls),but olny for permanent wiring.As for sheilding i dont bother,ive never had any problems with interferance even in locations with lots of electrical noise (96kw of lighting all on dimmers for example)
     
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    Thanks mate for the flex info, going to visit the electrical wholesalers now :smashin:

    do people on this forum ever sleep :)
     
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    olny at work :D
     

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