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Old 10th December 2003, 04:30 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I've been working my way towards putting my breadboard IGC into a final design enclosure (pics soon) and would like to ask for some suggestions on the Umbilical cord between supply and amp.

I will have two power supply housings and one amp box containing both channels. I only need about 1 foot max cord length for each. Envisioning the cords being fixed at supplies with connectors on amp for easy moving.

1. Wire suggestions? Braided seems logical so I'm not worrying about stressing and breaking a solid cable.

2. Connector suggestions? Type and and source would be great!

Anyone using plain 'ol Home Depot appliance/tool replacement cord with the three wires? I'm also very open to wire suggestions from places like Parts ConneXion as well.

Thanks in adavnce,

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Old 10th December 2003, 04:39 PM   #2
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A practical choice is Kimber Speaker cable (8 wires) and CB radio mike connectors (available from Electrosonic).

Later I found that this cable sounds a bit flat and laid back and changed for Cardas 20ga. hookup wire. Although more expensive, it's worth the upgarde.
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As for connectors, I've seen a lot of people use these; (from parts express)
090-535 CB MIC PLUG 4 PIN FEMALE $1.65

And it's what I've gotten for my first IGC too.

As for wire, I found some nice 16ga 4-wire stuff at Home depot, and it's cheap, cost me $1.20 for 5 ft of it. I'll have 2 grounds and then +/- 25V. Of course mine isn't done yet either, but it's the best I was able to put together based on what Ive seen here. I know others have used a bunch of single wires, and then sleeved it but that seems like just a bit to much work.
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Old 11th December 2003, 01:27 PM   #4
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Thank you gentlemen,

Just what I was looking for.

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Old 12th December 2003, 02:16 AM   #5
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Default speakons

The neutrik speakon connectors are great, and you
can get them in 2,4, and 8 pin connectors.


and they're cheap! compared to XLR's etc.
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Old 12th December 2003, 02:36 AM   #6
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ah yes those speakons are pretty good (and not too expensive) but they're pretty big too. And, most important, not meant for power connections. The Neutrik Powercons are meant for power connections and (thus?) are much more expensive.

Oh well, methinks speakons are good enough for a GC anyways.
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Old 12th December 2003, 09:22 AM   #7
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Speakons are fine for the power connection from psu to amp, they are well within their operating limits there.
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