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Old 12th October 2002, 02:14 PM   #1
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Exclamation UTP computer cable as audio interconnect

I have heard many people have built their interconnect cables with UTP computer cable and all are very pleased with UTP sound.

Have anybody any experience with this stuff?

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Old 12th October 2002, 02:16 PM   #2
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What is UTP? Is it also called CAT5?
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Old 12th October 2002, 02:40 PM   #3
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Default CAT5 cable is dirt cheap

but it is also very brittle -- nick it a little bit with your clippers and you are guaranteed a failure -- I use it all the time, however, except in connections which require flexure.
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UTP isn't a type of cable, it stands for Unshielded Twisted Pair. Catagory 5, which is most likely which he is refering to, is a type of UTP. Catagory 5 is made up for 4 pairs of generally solid core wire, which each pair twisting around each other. It shouldn't be that brittle, unless you have poor cable.
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Old 12th October 2002, 06:00 PM   #5
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Do you know any other DIY alternatives, how to make good interconnect cable?


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Old 12th October 2002, 07:22 PM   #6
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Supernet,

Cat 5/6 UTP makes a great interconnect, just using one pair. It also makes a great speaker cable, braiding some lengths together if you need the current capacity.

The best cheap I/C I've found is 32ga or smaller magnet wire, simply twisted together for unbalanced, or braided for balanced. You can also get teflon coated "wire wrip wire" from lots of vendors very cheaply and use this in the same way.

Being unsheilded, thay may not be the best in situations where there is a lot of RFI or hum fields, where a shielded cable might be better. Generally, I find shielded cables to sound worse, all else being equal.

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Old 12th October 2002, 07:27 PM   #7
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Do you know any other DIY alternatives, how to make good interconnect cable?
A simple quad braid of 30 gauge magnet wire has been spinning my audio beanie quite nicely lately.

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You can get a three pack assortment at Radio Shack for about $4.00 which includes a 200 foot roll of 30 gauge.

It's a bit tedious to braid and terminate but I've found it more than worth it in the end.

You do have to be a bit careful with it though. I'm not aware of any RCAs or XLRs that have the collet type chuck strain relief of the Redels so you'll have to take some precautions there.

The four wire braid forms what amounts to two interwoven twisted pairs each at 90 degrees to each other. Tie together one wire from one of those pairs to one wire from the other pair to form one conductor and the same for the other.

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I would say that if you're to use just one pair, make sure you ground the other 3 pairs, I would think. You can also use STP, shielded twisted pair, which is used for Ethernet/Token Ring generally so it also is fairly common.
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You can also use STP, shielded twisted pair, which is used for Ethernet/Token Ring generally so it also is fairly common.
Actually, STP is almost never used for networks. Most every category 5 installation is UTP. STP is no good over long distances because of ground currents.
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Old 12th October 2002, 09:26 PM   #10
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take a look here :
http://www.tnt-audio.com/clinica/diycables.html

I made some speaker cables from here and they are great.
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