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Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by Adda, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Adda

    Adda Super Member

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    ~pete_mac

    I especially like the look of those Aurealis R1 cables, very nice :thmbsp:
     

     

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  2. Strangeband

    Strangeband AK Member and Ale Monger

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    Very cool cables and I really dig what did to that 719. I think I need to mod my 717 after seeing your upgrades.


     
  3. Dr. Morbius

    Dr. Morbius I.N.T.E.R.O.C.I.T.O.R.

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    Well, I don't have any interconnects worthy of showing off, but I did just finish up a set of jumper cables and have some others that some may find interesting.

    Made with Canare 4S11:
    Each conductor is 14 gauge making an aggregate 8 gauge jumper.

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    Made with silver plated, teflon coated copper (i.e. military grade):
    Each conductor is 12 gauge making an aggregate 9 gauge jumper. I got the idea for these from Anti-Cable jumpers. They even have a single twist in them.

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    Made using Belden 6100UE in wall speaker wire:
    Each conductor is 12 gauge making an aggregate 8 gauge jumper.

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    Here's a group shot. I prefer to use spades on one end and bananas on the other as they offer the most versatility.

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    Here are the Canare jumpers in action on my Definitive Technology BP2000s.

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    I also made some new extension cords using Carol 12/3 wire. Great stuff! The ends are from Home Depot.

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  4. MWalt

    MWalt Super Member

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    Nice work, Doc! And a fellow Naptown guy too!
     
  5. davidro

    davidro Lunatic Member

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    i really am curious about this cable.
     
  6. Adda

    Adda Super Member

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    Nice and uniform look throughout, and it looks professionally made :thmbsp:
     

     

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  7. pete_mac

    pete_mac Super Member

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    It's a very nice cable, but I've also owned the standard Grave Science digital cable and they are great too.

    If you contact 'audio principe' via eBay, he is the manufacturer and can provide you with his cables at the wholesale price. Tell him that pete_mac sent you ;)
     
  8. ehoove

    ehoove Old & New - Carpe Diem Staff Member Super Mod Subscriber

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    My many wires

    First pic is the Tri amped Magnapan MGIIIa speaker layout:
    Ribbons and subs - AudioMagic Excaliber II (Silver plated OFC Copper)
    Mid and bass panels Vampire Wire SC-1108 (Silver OFC Copper mix)

    Second pic is the Crossover Interconnect Mix:

    Ribbons: AudioMagic Excaliber II
    Midrange: DH Labs BL1 Silver Sonics
    Bass panels:Home Built Canare L-4E6S/Neutrik NYS352BG RCA Connectors
    Sub Woofer:Home Built Canare L-4E6S/Neutrik NYS352BG RCA Connectors
    Crossover Inputs: Home Built Canare L-4e6s/Neutrik NC3MXX-B Balanced Connectors

    Third pic:
    Poweramps:
    Zu Audio Birth Powercords
    And the speaker cables with DIY Balanced cables to Preamp.

    And yes switching the interconnects around makes a big difference in sonics. It took me about 3 years to settle on this mix. FWIW

    Regards,
    Jim
     

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  9. audiozaz

    audiozaz rtfm!? - tl;dr

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    Nothing fancy here, just some 8awg copper, you know the kind used on car amps to connect the battery. Tech-flex sleeve and decent enough banana plugs, with a wooden separator on each end.

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    az
     
  10. TerryO

    TerryO Super Member

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    Hi Az,

    Those look like very well executed cables.

    Best Regards,
    Terry
     
  11. audiozaz

    audiozaz rtfm!? - tl;dr

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    Thanks! I like this type of wire as it's pretty flexible for its size. The one weakness of these is the banana plug's screw-on connection, has to be tightened once in a while. I should just solder them I guess.

    az
     

     

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  12. Adda

    Adda Super Member

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    Bare wire ends put directly in to a screw mounting doesn't work too well.
    The screw can sever the strands in the wires, and as you say, need re-tightening.
    Over time, the screw will make it's way all the way through the strands, not a good situation.

    To avoid this you can put what I think they call "ferrules" on the wire ends.
    This requires a special pair of pliers, but prevents the mounting mechanism, from severing the wires, and will only need re-tightening once.

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    I'm sure you can get gold plated copper or even silver ferrules too.
     
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  13. Dr. Morbius

    Dr. Morbius I.N.T.E.R.O.C.I.T.O.R.

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    Thanks guys. I recently finished up a set of Canare 4S11 shotgun cables to go with the 8 gauge jumpers in the earlier post.

    As one might imagine, these have some weight to them so I went with spades instead of bananas. I'm pretty sure they would suffice in a self-defense situation if need be.

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  14. Jailtime

    Jailtime Standin' on a corner Subscriber

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    These are my Avanti Audio Allegro speaker cables. Well, they're basically jumpers that run from the x-over to the compression driver/woofer cab. Each run is 9 gauge, terminated with Viablue bananas.
     

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  15. Adda

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    I decided to try some WBT RCA's, so I got a set of WBT-0114's.
    They are rated at 75 Ohms, (donno if that holds up in court) so I use them on my SPDIF cable.

    They come in sets of four, so the two others went on my, not yet complete XLR to RCA adapter, for my headphones.
    It is made using wires from a Mogami W3080 110 Ohm AES/EBU cable, it has nice thick insulation on the wires, perfect for light weight wirebraids.

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    Here are my K240DF's, they are also cabled with braided W3080 wires, and Neutrik XLR (four pin, silver plated).

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    So why not put RCA's right on to the DF cable?
    I have several reasons, it is all about cable management.
    I plug the DF's in to my 18k, the XLR connectors make it easier to plug and unplug them, and XLR's don't short the preamp outputs when unplugged, like TRS's do or disconnect the shield before the conductor like RCA's.
    Also, to avoid pulling on the RCA connectors, I have the XLR's wedged between the 18k and the table, so they take the stress, Neutrik XLR's can take quite a beating if they have to, and are cheap.
    I use the DF's with both mini-jack and RCA, so I have to make an adapter either way, I chose to use the connector that works best for the purpose.
    With four pins, they are ready for both single ended and balanced use.
     
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  16. Poultrygeist

    Poultrygeist Lunatic Member

    Walmart's best speaker cables :D

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  17. MWalt

    MWalt Super Member

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    Poultry, why didn't you use the green wire with those white lightnings? I always combine the green with the white on mine. Also, love the nakamichi RCA plugs.
     
  18. Poultrygeist

    Poultrygeist Lunatic Member

    The white wire used alone seems less colored. I combine the green wire when I want a more organic presentation. :yes:
     
  19. MWalt

    MWalt Super Member

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    Ahh, got it! I may have to try that one out myself :thmbsp:
     
  20. davidro

    davidro Lunatic Member

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    I've acquired what pete_mac's got above - Audio Principe/Grave Science Limited Edition SPDIF cable:

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    Might start a thread on this kool-aid soon...
     

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