Get Free, Friendly, Expert Advice
Call 1-866-244-8796 or email

Designed and Manufactured in Canada Since 1980


AxiomAudio Blog

Sneak Peek into Axiom’s Current Research and Development

Axiom’s Newest Speaker: The In-Ceiling M3

Outdoor Speaker Placement

Wall'O'Fame
Experimental Atmos
Greetings fellow Axiom owners...
Who's Online
0 registered (), 34 Guests and 5 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Financing
Forum Stats
13317 Members
11 Forums
22877 Topics
404368 Posts

Max Online: 378 @ 02/24/13 04:33 PM
Top Posters
Ken.C 17775
pmbuko 16274
SirQuack 13333
CV 11202
MarkSJohnson 10886
Meanwhile On Facebook

So much going on in this month's newsletter - new product announcements, a new v...

Love this comment from Doug T! "The M22 bookshelf speakers sound so clean and a...

󾓶 Andrew has spoken! Big update on the AxiomPlay Wireless Platform on the Axiom...

A New Look For Our Amps and Pre-amps? Adding yet another level of customization...

Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#2297 - 03/27/02 10:17 AM DIY cables
ravi_singh Offline
connoisseur

Registered: 03/14/02
Posts: 1351
Loc: Montreal
Speaker cables seem to be a hot topic on this board right now so i'm jumping on the band wagon.

has anyone here ever made their own speaker cables?

the most popular way is using Cat5 network cables. I work with computers sometimes, so I have been thinking about trying this, but i'd need several hours to sit down, learn it, then do it. has anyon here ever tried this? i'm curious to know how good they are, and how easy they are to make.


my second question is this. I have just been given about 12 feet of a very good microphone cable at work. I'm going to try to make speaker cable out of this. has anyone tried this? i have heard it is good because they are well insulated against noise. and if this is a BAD idea, please let me know! i wouldn't want to damage my speakers!

thanks guys!

Top
#2298 - 03/27/02 05:52 PM Re: DIY cables
jonesr Offline
regular

Registered: 03/18/02
Posts: 8
CAt5 cables are on the rather small side I would think for decent speaker wire. There are 4 pairs of very small wires inside. Not sure if there would be more copper in those 8 wires that in a 12 guage wire though.....

Top
#2299 - 03/27/02 06:03 PM Re: DIY cables
BBIBH Offline
connoisseur

Registered: 01/10/02
Posts: 1039
Loc: Canada
I would doubt you will damage your speakers using either method. However, what you would gain, or limit yourself by doing so is another matter.

There was a post on the board with a URL that provided direction on using Cat 5 cable for speaker wire. In looking at this website, I could not help but think of how much time a person would have to invest. The cable is not designed for this purpose, but inventive minds, and spirit will prevail!

Technically speaking, the Cat 5 cable would be of less size than a 12 gauge cable. This would increase different components of the cables load as presented to the amplifier and speaker.

My thoughts are to purchase a good cable, and spend the time in other ways.
_________________________
Regards,

Mike

Top
#2300 - 04/01/02 10:34 PM Re: DIY cables
Anonymous
Unregistered


Save big on interconnects by DIY

http://www.bus.ucf.edu/cwhite/theater/diycable.htm

Top
#2301 - 04/05/02 03:49 PM Re: DIY cables
Anonymous
Unregistered


I recently tried the TNT Star configuration (as shown here:http://www.tnt-audio.com/clinica/star.html). And it worked great. It's also very easy to build, and I was able to have a good sound after about 20 hours of break-in. The best part was that I had the cable for free!

Top
#2302 - 04/06/02 05:05 AM Re: DIY cables
Anonymous
Unregistered


Male RCA Shoot Out

http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0901/rcashootout.htm

Top
#2303 - 04/06/02 12:43 PM Re: DIY cables
Anonymous
Unregistered


DIY Interconnect For Dummies

http://www.kenefick.net/jim/hometheater/cables.htm

Top
#2304 - 04/26/02 12:03 PM Re: DIY cables
Anonymous
Unregistered


I'm using TNT Triple T ( http://www.tnt-audio.com/clinica/triple_t_e.html ) and they are very very good. Much better than Monster and close to Kimber. The wire is between 12 and 10 gauge and I terminated it with banana plugs for the reciever side. Be sure to use solid copper CAT5 wire (the blue one).

Top



Moderator:  alan, Amie, Andrew, axiomadmin, Brent, Debbie, Ian, Jc 

Home  |  Corporate Info  |  Products  |  Message Board  |  FAQs  |  Warranty  |  Site Map  |  Privacy Statement   |  Contact Us

©2014 Colquhoun Audio Laboratories Limited
All Rights Reserved.