DIY speaker cable question - Page 2 - diyAudio
Go Back   Home > Forums > Amplifiers > Solid State

Solid State Talk all about solid state amplification.

Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 19th November 2009, 10:43 PM   #11
Did it Himself
diyAudio Member
 
richie00boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Gloucestershire, England, UK
Why not just use something that isn't prone to blowing your amp up and is much easier to make?
__________________
www.readresearch.co.uk my website for UK diy audio people - designs, PCBs, kits and more.
  Reply With Quote
Old 19th November 2009, 10:45 PM   #12
jleaman is offline jleaman  Belgium
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Send a message via AIM to jleaman
Quote:
Originally Posted by richie00boy View Post
Why not just use something that isn't prone to blowing your amp up and is much easier to make?
how is it going to blow up your amp ? only way i see it is if you cross your cables
  Reply With Quote
Old 19th November 2009, 11:16 PM   #13
diyAudio Member
 
Andersonix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Silicon Valley
Now you made me get out of my chair!
I found these beefy (nickel?) plated copper 1/4 inch ring terminals (which I modified into spades) at a surplus shop (Excess Solutions in Milpitas) for 20 cents each.

But in the past I have used these Vampire spades which are fairly minimalistic:
Vampire 1/4 inch spades

Attached pic also shows the white CAT3 (also 4 pairs of solid 24AWG like most CAT5) cable (someone gave me a huge roll) in a loose and tight braid.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Braided cable and spades.jpg (575.6 KB, 318 views)
  Reply With Quote
Old 19th November 2009, 11:32 PM   #14
jleaman is offline jleaman  Belgium
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Send a message via AIM to jleaman
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tosh View Post
Now you made me get out of my chair!
I found these beefy (nickel?) plated copper 1/4 inch ring terminals (which I modified into spades) at a surplus shop (Excess Solutions in Milpitas) for 20 cents each.

But in the past I have used these Vampire spades which are fairly minimalistic:
Vampire 1/4 inch spades

Attached pic also shows the white CAT3 (also 4 pairs of solid 24AWG like most CAT5) cable (someone gave me a huge roll) in a loose and tight braid.

U should look at these,

Click the image to open in full size.
  Reply With Quote
Old 19th November 2009, 11:45 PM   #15
diyAudio Member
 
Andersonix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Silicon Valley
I don't like those dual purpose (1/4 and 5/16 inch) types, as all my binding posts are 1/4 inch plus I like the slight clip-on effect from the spades widening slightly at the tips (but I'm being fussy).
  Reply With Quote
Old 19th November 2009, 11:51 PM   #16
diyAudio Member
 
Jim Shearer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
My interest in making speaker cables from CAT5 comes from seeing & hearing MJK's tube amp using home made cables using three braided CAT5's. It seemed like three would be tough enough to handle. And capacitance is additive in parallel--which is exactly what is going on here. Then there are the reports of these high capacitance cables blowing up some amps. Now my classic SS receivers from the early to mid 1970's may be more limited in band width than the fancy amps that got smoked, but I don't want to do something stupid and kill an amp.

AMPs that I might use these cables with include:
--Sansui 350A (from about 1972)
--Sansui 4000 (from about 1972)
--Yamaha CR-1000 (from about 1977)
-- Sonic Impact T-amp, gen 2
--MiniWatt tube amp

I ask because I would rather spend time learning, rather than learning by spending money to correct a disaster.

Thanks, Jim
__________________
A day without music is like a day without food.
  Reply With Quote
Old 20th November 2009, 02:17 AM   #17
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: North Texas, USA
Just buy a roll of 16 awg zip cord and be done with it.

It you want to be tweakie, get the white "outdoor patio" 16/3 extension cord from Walmart. Cut the lengths you need, braid two of the conductors together and use these on the negative terminals, use the remianing conductor on the positives.

Read 6Moons if you don't believe.
__________________
I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.
  Reply With Quote
Old 20th November 2009, 02:20 AM   #18
jleaman is offline jleaman  Belgium
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Send a message via AIM to jleaman
Quote:
Originally Posted by fastbike1 View Post
Just buy a roll of 16 awg zip cord and be done with it.

It you want to be tweakie, get the white "outdoor patio" 16/3 extension cord from Walmart. Cut the lengths you need, braid two of the conductors together and use these on the negative terminals, use the remianing conductor on the positives.

Read 6Moons if you don't believe.
thats a really good idea, LIKE WOW why didn't all of us think of that, ?

what a great idea, where have you been all these years!
  Reply With Quote
Old 20th November 2009, 04:38 AM   #19
MNK is offline MNK  United States
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by jleaman View Post
thats a really good idea, LIKE WOW why didn't all of us think of that, ?

what a great idea, where have you been all these years!
He's been out listening to his speakers, not sitting around braiding wire and comparing copper to other copper.
  Reply With Quote
Old 20th November 2009, 04:09 PM   #20
diyAudio Member
 
Jim Shearer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by fastbike1 View Post
Just buy a roll of 16 awg zip cord and be done with it.
16 awg zip cord is exactly what I have been using for years. The reason for wanting to change is that Martin (MJK) brought over his tube amp to try on a couple of my speaker builds and brought along some cables he made using three lengths of CAT5 braided together. While the differences between the zip cord and the CAT5 were not overwhelming, they were significant (persistent and repeatable.) I won't spend many hundreds of $$ chasing this, but am willing to drop $50 for a 500' spool of CAT5, plus some spade lugs and banana plugs, and invest my time.

My concern is with the zobel termination so I don't kill an amp in the learning process.

Thanks for all the comments,
Jim
__________________
A day without music is like a day without food.
  Reply With Quote

Reply


Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
cheap cat5e cable for speaker cable fishline Full Range 6 19th May 2009 08:42 PM
problems with speaker cable as power cable pjpoes Parts 11 14th January 2007 09:24 PM
25 pair cat 5 cable for speaker cable? mpmarino Parts 19 3rd March 2006 05:46 PM
NAD 320BEE and speaker cable question AllCaster Solid State 0 9th January 2005 04:45 AM
Speaker cable question with Gainclone? Fragen Chip Amps 1 29th April 2004 12:36 PM


New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 03:36 AM.


vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999-2014 diyAudio

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2