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2sick2pray 19th September 2012 03:18 AM

Successful Cat5e Cables
Made the move to Cat5e . My fingers are sore,and typing a llittle diificult, however as I sit here, John Scofield's A Go Go sounds so more complete. I am unable to put it into words, but my soundstage got wider, cleaner and no loss of bottom end. I'm running 12ga 513 strand to the sub and Cat5e to my 2ways. I'm went for the 24ga, 4 way twisted lay pattern as per the Speaker Cable Shootout 3. It took time to get things going, however I'm down to 45 mins to build a 10' (9'4") cable. With a good stripper and fast fingers all went well. I'm experimenting with the terminations and will decide later as I'm building an active 3 way horn loaded system, with the Cat5 for the mids and tweets, and go with 10/4 ga stranded for the woofs and subs. I believe that Cat5e has more than proven itself to me and @ 28 cents /ft you can't go wrong. 2S2P

Andersonix 22nd September 2012 02:21 AM

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I made these mostly from surplus CAT3. They are not as stiff as one might expect.

planet10 22nd September 2012 02:45 AM

I've been happily using these for a couple years


nuryev 4th March 2013 06:53 AM

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Believe everything you hear (excuse the pun) -or should I say everything you read.
2sick2pray has said it all - including the 'sore fingers'..but is it worth the effort? You will have to find out for yourself.

I also made the switch to CAT5 courtesy and support of Ray Van De Steen.

Speedskater 4th March 2013 03:45 PM

I don't think that you need to braid the cables, with each pair twisted and then the 4 pair's are twisted, braiding won't add much and will make each (8 conductor) cable longer.

mortron 30th March 2013 05:41 PM


Originally Posted by planet10 (
I've been happily using these for a couple years


I started a pair of these and then i couldn't take the mockery i was getting so i stopped and never went back... yours are for speakers, yes? Do you know how they work as IC's? Hmmm...

planet10 3rd April 2013 06:34 PM

The same wire wirks for interconnects -- Chris has some -- but not the same geometry.


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