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Old 19th February 2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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As the title says, I'm looking for some links to DIY interconnects I can try. Here's one I found already that seems to use good materials and is very straightforward.

DIY Audio Electronics from Zynsonix.com: Building an easy pair of Cardas RCA Interconnects

Any others?

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Old 19th February 2013, 09:38 PM   #2
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DH-Labs Bulk cables, RCAs + termination instructions are here:
Pro Studio Silver Sonic Audio Interconnect Cable - Fidelity Components Shop

Really nice cable is DH-Labs ProStudio with DH-Labs Ultimate RCAs
If you build your own cable yourself it can compete with cables which cost >400EUR /1m stereo pair. It is directional cable - take a look on Download tab - there is PDF with termination instructions.
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Old 19th February 2013, 10:25 PM   #3
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Dan:

I don't have personal experience with them, but Chris VenHaus' website provides a recipe for silver interconnects: DIY Silver Interconnects

VenHaus sells the requisite parts, of course. My experience with his power cords (principally Flavors 1 and 2) has been very positive.

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Old 20th February 2013, 12:14 AM   #4
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For unbalanced (RCA) analog interconnects, using a cable or wires other than a co-ax with a heavy braided shield is dumb, dumb, dumb.
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Old 20th February 2013, 01:25 AM   #5
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For unbalanced (RCA) analog interconnects, using a cable or wires other than a co-ax with a heavy braided shield is dumb, dumb, dumb.
This thread looked interesting but it appears the author has faded away.

My contribution to this site...if anyone is interested.

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Old 20th February 2013, 01:47 AM   #6
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For unbalanced (RCA) analog interconnects, using a cable or wires other than a co-ax with a heavy braided shield is dumb, dumb, dumb.
Why dumb? I use un-shielded cables and have no noise problem, they sound great! In fact I have made RCA interconnects with simple twisted cheap wire and there is no added noise. Not that I don't prefer better designs than that, but I can't figure out why shielding is needed.
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Old 20th February 2013, 04:33 AM   #7
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I use Belden 1694a cable with ICM Corp. connectors and tool. The tool will connect not only RCA connectors, but BNC and F connectors also.
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Old 21st February 2013, 12:58 AM   #8
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Dumb because:
a] Bill Whitlock writes that a long well shielded co-ax can have up to 23dB less low frequency noise.
b] Because almost every new electrical product that you bring into a home has a built-in SMPS interference generator. Unshielded interconnects are great antennas for this interference.
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Old 21st February 2013, 01:30 PM   #9
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SMPS interference generator! they are not that bad, and commercial equipemnt should be tested to at least CE for europe and FCC for you lot across the pond... that said we do now live in an RF rich envoironment, mobile phones, digital devices (with there SMPS's) mains lines communications do all add to the RF noise that your equipement will face, and this RF can cover a wide band, including 50/60Hz noise from your mains, all will be picked up if you are not careful.
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Old 21st February 2013, 01:42 PM   #10
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Maybe my ears aren't good enough, but I have yet to appreciate this type of noise in system I have had in multiple houses. But I don't place my system near any appliances.
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