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Old 8th December 2002, 03:25 PM   #1
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Default What kind of wire is good for internal amp wiring?

Can I use some Cat 6 network cable?

So, I would leave signal+it's own ground twisted together, and shielded together (cat6 is shielded on each pair, plus a grlobal shield)


Is this good?
I can a meter or 2 at from a friend, so it would cost zero
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What gauge is this wire?
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what does gauge mean?

diameter? area?
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Diameter info would be fine
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I'll ask my friend when I see him

but what does gauge mean? (I heard this word many times here, and I don't know it (I'm french))
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whao, I'm now a DIYaudio Prophet


PS: the wire is for a headphone amp, so I don't think the diameter is so important

One thing my friend told me, is that such network cable is optimised for network traffic-> optimised for high frequencies, and that I could have bad (less good, we'll say) audio frequency response

Is this possible?
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I don't know how gauge is calculated, but lower the number the larger diameter. So AWG20 or so is good for signals and AWG15 or less is usually used for higher current applications.

I've heard recently a lot about Cat5 cable used in audio applications and results apparently great.

http://www.venhaus1.com/diycatfivecables.html
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Cat5 is 0.5mm diameter. That also translates into 24 AWG.

http://www.tnt-audio.com/clinica/awg_e.html
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I use one twisted pair from a cat5 cable for and I think it is OK. It is also good (for the money)as a external signal cable.

I have done a lot of testing with cables and this is what I use today.

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i was wondering the same thing, but on the other end of the spectrum - is thicker wire better - i am (or was, depending on how the question is answered) going to use a very thick (1-2mm) solid core copper wire for the internal wiring of my zen - would this work and sound better then thinner wire

keep in mind i am shilding the internal wire with braiding and teflon sheath
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