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Old 24th May 2003, 12:20 PM   #1
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Hi guys Ive Just finshed making cat5 speaker cables, it was a big job as I run 3way active mains plus active sub and yes I can hear a diffrance much better than monster cable clone I was using. I want to upgrade my interconects and am looking for suggestons on DIY recipes. What are you guys out there using.
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Old 24th May 2003, 12:41 PM   #2
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Hello MadMax....

What cable did you use? Belden 1583 or 1585? I'm wondering if I could also use Belden 1583...
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Old 24th May 2003, 12:56 PM   #3
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I used a BICC GENERAL 24awg verified cat5 e, this maybe made in New Zealand, Iam not sure but I think any cat5 is good, I trust others will correct if Iam wrong.
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According to John Risch, the insulator has some effects on the sound. That's why he recommended Belden 1585 (1583 has different insulator, and the insulator type of 1583 is not recommended by John Risch, if i'm not mistaken)

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Old 24th May 2003, 04:09 PM   #5
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I`m using Belden 9463....works good for me
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Hi, just to get back to the original question from the topic, I am using a cable made up of some Shark phono cable (Maplin part No XS39) with some fairly cheep endplugs. At the moment, this sounds quite good between me Cambridge D500se and Sony amp (a lot more deatailed than my freinds £30 one, but can't remeber what type that is), with a little more bass. But, I was wondering if I would see much of an inprovement in moving to a solid silver cable (Like Maplin No XS56) and some better neutrik phono plugs (ala No CC71).

If anyone has any experience with this type of cable, or silver cable in general, and the effects of better plugs, I would be interested in hearing your oppinions.
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I tried some off market solid silver wire made into a cable and it didn't sound well. OTOH, I just made my own Kimber Silver Streak cable, using 2 x TCSS and one AGSS wire and it sounds very good. So silver is not always the same and it depends on many factors. And I think that wire makes bigger difference than endplugs.
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I don't care for silver wire in interconnects or speaker cable. I find its tonal balance on the cool side.

For a couple interconnect variations using fine copper litz wire, take a look at: DIY wire recipes
I am using the Teflon version for my primary sources, phono, preamp, dac, and the polypropylene version for secondary sources, tuner, cassette, etc.
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I tried some off market solid silver wire made into a cable and it didn't sound well.
No surprise, the cable configuration plays a big role as does the quality of the silver...same goes for copper or gold anyway.

CAT5 is a network cable that really pushes it. It can be made to sound very good for audio as Chris Venhaus has proven.

Crystalyne structure, purity, shielding etc, all play a major role.

And, more importantly...it doesn't have to cost an arm and a legg to achieve high-end results.

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Old 25th May 2003, 12:19 AM   #10
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So has anyone used cat5 for interconets Iam thinking of trying just a pair no sheilding, has anyone tryed this, if so what did you think are you still using it, keep the replys coming guys Iam looking for DIY here. Any tryed RG6 ???
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