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Old 10th December 2002, 08:01 PM   #1
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Default Mil spec wire?

Has anybody tried the Alpha military spec wire they sell at Mouser.com?
I'm wondering if it's worth the extra $$$, as far as heat and abuse resistance.
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Dunno Joel,
I'm sure you'll let us know what it "sounds" like
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what kind of wire is it?

i'm not sure what the Mil spec is for but yeah, probably things like tensile strength, dielectric breakdown rating, and heat resistance. all things not particularly important for audio.
i would make your wire choice independent of the Mil spec or what not. if it's good, it's good wire, regardless of spec. or it could be crappy wire and Mil spec.

is this stranded silver-plated copper with teflon insulation?
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Old 10th December 2002, 08:28 PM   #4
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Generally, milspec includes those requirements, especially heat resistance. In the Navy, most data carrying wiring is now required to be teflon or better insulated, including CAT5(plenum). Internal wiring for for electronic equipment is also silver plated. Nice stuff to work with, and have used it on some small audio projects, but I haven't had a chance to compare it sonically.
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Old 10th December 2002, 09:59 PM   #5
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Dunno Joel,
I'm sure you'll let us know what it "sounds" like
Yeah, I will John. I hope it's extra juicy.
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Old 10th December 2002, 10:22 PM   #6
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The reason for a lot of the mil-spec requirements is to insure continued functioning while subject to dire and extreme conditions. The Navy also is concerned with esposure to high humidity/saline environments. If this decsribes your situation perhaps you want to consider moving to a different neighborhood.
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What is the mouser part no?
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Old 10th December 2002, 10:32 PM   #8
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If this decsribes your situation perhaps you want to consider moving to a different neighborhood.
LOL! So true, Corrosion is very much an issue but unfortunately it is usually from condensation. Because most shipboard equipment is high power we cool the hell out of everything. We also dry the air but moisture gets in and condensate forms on the equipment. The biggest concern is the ability to remain operational in a battle so shock and heat resistance are primary concerns. If you can get it cheap like I can, use it, but don't spend the extra bucks for it unless your sure of the benefit.
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What is the mouser part no?
Bas, it's 602-1855/19-100-06 (description:22G MILW16878E)

Basically, I just wanted something that wasn't going to get all funky when you solder it, and the 600V rating is nice. Seems about 80% of the hookup wire sold by dealers is only a 300V rating... not so good for a tube amp maybe.
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Joel,

I've just noticed some suspiciously expensive capacitors in your new avatar.
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