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My DIY spiffy looking speaker cable guide..

Discussion in 'DIY' started by gotchaforce, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. OverLoad

    OverLoad High On Solder Fumes

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    Look for "cable pants".
     
  2. Rick Vestal

    Rick Vestal Have a nice day and duck!

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    The child inside me finds this intensely funny... The adult inside thanks you ;)
     
  3. renhongwan

    renhongwan New Member

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    Step by step, detailed photos, the production was less about!
     
  4. Coilvoice

    Coilvoice Well-Known Member

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    Excellent DIY cable thread! I made some out of the Canare Star Quad cable and another version using the Cat5 solid core cable. Still need to A/B them and see what the outcome is. The solid core do sound very impressive thus far!
     
  5. scottyj71

    scottyj71 New Member

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    Nice work.

    Check out this place for wire braid sheathing and shrink tubing. Lots of other goodies..... A great site.

    http://cableorganizer.com/
     
  6. Big & Pink

    Big & Pink AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Hey! I need to know what size pants you guys are using with the Canare wire so I can make my order from PE.

    Thanks.
     
  7. uenjoymyself

    uenjoymyself Surrender to the flow Subscriber

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    tag. :thmbsp:
     
  8. Ricplaya

    Ricplaya Member

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    Starting pricing good quality cables again.....yikes. I get it, it does make a big difference. I always found DYI stuff when I was into livesound gear was a great bang for the buck, I'd build my own cabs etc for a fraction of the price and still get a great result. That being said, for a DYI price point of a say 250-400 dollars of DYI cables, how would that compare to the big dollar cables on the market? A/Bing your $50-100 DYI cable to one of the high end products, overall how do they compare?
     
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  9. Bassphil

    Bassphil Active Member

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    I built a GREAT pair of cables from HomeDepot 14 gauge indoor-outdoor extension cord. If you google HomeDepot speaker cables, you should find a tutorial.

    Anyway, these beat anything up to about $1K. The first cable to beat them was my Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Oval cables, but those were $2700. The HomeDepot cables had a great frequency range and seemed to pass a lot of information. The AP cables did that to a much higher degree (as they should!).

    I think that if you're comparing copper to copper, than the HomeDepot cable with quality terminals will match any cable. What gives AP their edge is the shape of the cable- there is definitely something to their hollow oval design.

    [disclaimer: I am a musician and have an endorsement deal with Analysis-Plus, but I chased that down AFTER I fell in love with their cables ;-)
     
  10. Ricplaya

    Ricplaya Member

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    Thanks Phil for the info!

    Keep holding down that lowend! I dabble myself on the bass, endorsed by Craigslist..that's where I get most of my gear...LOL Cheers!
     
  11. OldSch00l

    OldSch00l Seeking a Happy Medium

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    Awesome post! Here's the cables I made yesterday, I substituted the angled locking banana plugs from PE on one end since the posts on my ARs are horizontal...

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  12. c0op3r

    c0op3r Active Member

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    So I tried it . . .

    So I decided to try my hand at making my own cables (speaker).

    I order the Banana Plugs From an eBay seller in China for 10.oo$ shipped for the set of 8. They say Nakamichi (but that is questionable) the build is nice with double set screws.

    TOTAL cost less than 40$

    Here in Orlando we have a local Hobbyist / Surplus store call SkyCraft, I got all the other parts there:

    21' (4) Conn Star type Wire
    White Wire Sheath 30'
    White Heat Shrink 1/2"
    Red Heat Shrink 3/8"
    Black Heat Shrink 3/8"

    I am real happy with the turn out, but you tell me what you think:

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    Picture are not that great as I had to use the ole' iPhone 4s, forgot my camera at work - Doh!
     
  13. I.R.Brainiac

    I.R.Brainiac Super Member

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    Beautiful stuff guys...:)
     
  14. c0op3r

    c0op3r Active Member

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    Tomorrow I am Going to try my Hand at Power Cable

    So I see these 'High-End' Power Cables at Cr4zY prices, So I ordered some nice looking end for my Power Cords, so I can make custom length, heavier gauge and of course wrap in Tech Flex.

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    Lets be honest, the only thing the power cord is doing is getting the electricity to the device, as long as it is of decide gauge to handle the draw we are good, as I have a line conditioner and over voltage unit on my equipment.

    I am going to try and stop by the electronic parts house tomorrow and see what I can find, and will post pictures of the what I get and how it turns out.

    CØop3r
     
  15. c0op3r

    c0op3r Active Member

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    DIY Heavy Guage Power Wire

    OK after a false start (got Tech Flex that was too Small) I finally got the power cable(s) project back on track:

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    Power Cord is a 12/3 and is 3/4" OD Jacket, I am starting to think this might be TOO Much. Cost for 3 Cables Total about 70.oo$

    cØop3r
     
  16. krisjay

    krisjay Super Member

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    Here is a pic of my first try at a pair of cables, 10 ft pair, no plugs on them yet, used HD extension cord, my ode to Cheap Trick with the color scheme, sound wise they are fantastic, FAR better then I had imagined they would, learned alot on this practice pair.
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  17. pploeser

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    Came across this thread after a recent DIY cable project and thought I'd share my results as well. I have some nice braided sleeve laying around, might add it to these. The cable is Canare 4S8 (smaller version of 4S11).

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  18. Shamanjoe

    Shamanjoe New Member

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    Making an RCA-RCA patch cable

    I was very happy to find this thread, and your techniques look incredibly professional.

    The question I have is, I am making a similar cable setup, only with RCA terminators, and I was wondering about cable shielding. It does not look from the photos as if the cables are shielded at all, and I was wondering if this was the case, and would it make any difference to use a shielded cable.

    My run is going to be approx. 20ft., with a right and a left channel RCA terminator at each end. Any help is appreciated, and again, your cables look awesome!
     
  19. krisjay

    krisjay Super Member

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    What he said! :yes::yes:
     
  20. Don Da Jewla

    Don Da Jewla Fuhgetaboutit!

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    I am anticipating the arrival of my components to build a pair of these cables, can't wait to build them and take a listen.

    Thanks for the great tutorial, very detailed and to the point.
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2012

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