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Old 20th July 2017, 01:03 PM   #21
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Audioquest cable and high quality Cat cable is an oxymoron. For high quality Cat5 and up cable go to Belden.
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Old 24th January 2018, 08:01 PM   #22
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Use Cat7 cable;
Cat7 - Wikipedia
Plus 1 on that one.

Saw some banter on another site claiming Cat7 improves sound connecting NAS / router / music server. Makes no sense.

Bought cheapest Cat7 from Amazon and replaced my old Cat5. For me, a clear sound improvement. I refuse to speculate why, discuss merits of double blind test or why my ears are lying. I agree with all of it. If curious, spring for $10 and try it. If offended, I apologise... assume I am nuts.
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Old 25th January 2018, 08:31 PM   #23
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Probably the old Cat5 connectors were dirty. Simply unplugging and putting back may have cleared the dirt.
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Old 25th January 2018, 09:14 PM   #24
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Yep. there was some sort of problem with that old Cat5 cable.
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Old 27th January 2018, 08:34 PM   #25
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Yep. there was some sort of problem with that old Cat5 cable.
Perhaps that it wasn't a Cat7

I have used several different Cat5 that were in the old cable box. Worked fine in their original network cable application at the office. The new Cat7 ones were better for making sound happen at home. I wonder if the new level of shielding keeps some level of interference out of the system that degrades the sound?

At any rate, I realize this is off topic. The OP just wanted to know how to build his own cables. I agree with other comments that getting the spec correct would make this a challenging build and suggest you try Cat7 before going to a bunch of expense. If you do build your own with good outcome that exceed Cat7, then definitely share your experience and build experience.
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Old 29th January 2018, 12:44 PM   #26
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Cat7 for digital audio? Oh dear.
Try some Cat3, it should work just fine.
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Old 7th February 2018, 06:19 PM   #27
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Now there is a Cat 8 standard out.
"Category 8 cabling infrastructure has been designed to support short-distance (between 5 and 30 meters) runs of 25- or 40-Gbit/sec transmission."

That should support your Ethernet connection.
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