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PostPosted: 10 May 2012, 16:46 
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Hi everyone.

This is my first post and I am new to the DIY forum and projects in general. I have read a bit and looked at various projects and wanted to give one a shot. I was thinking about doing the Low-Inductance DIY Hi-Fi Speaker Cables project. i have a question though. I already have Ultralink Audiophile Reference 18 gauge speaker wire on my main speakers. Would this project and the cable outcome be better then what I currently have? (I will say on my centre I have monster cable so it doesn't match) . If not is there another speaker cable DIY that might do it?

If not and my speaker wire is okay would I be better of with another DIY and replacing my other interconnect cables (some are monster) and which one would you recommend?

I currently have an Onkyo tx-sr605 connected to a set of Definitive BP-7004's bipolar speakers.

thank you in advance for taking the time to read this post and for replying if you have any helpful advice.


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Hi Andy and welcome to the forum. DIY cables makes a great first audio project.

How long is your speaker cable run?

The project you noted should be an improvement. The equivalent gauge of the DIY cable is about 10AWG while your cable is 18AWG. (Info: American Wire Gauge (AWG) Cable Conductor Size Chart / Table). Resistance can be an issue on a long cable run or where you are pushing a lot of power.

As for sonic improvement, IMO cables only make a small difference to the overall sound. But they definitely can improve the sound.

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PostPosted: 21 May 2012, 17:40 
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Hi all

I was looking at doing the above project that would be my first dyi project that's on the front page but had a couple of questions. 1: can some one tell me how much wire I need per foot? 2) . In the instructions it shows that a grey and a black gets twisted together and you make 4 pairs of that, you then twist 2 of those pairs together to make one cable. in the next step when the sleeve is on it shows in one speaker cable all the grey cable ends together and all the blacks. Do you separate the two colours at the ends to put the speaker plugs on? If so wouldn't it just be better to twist 2 sets of grey with 2 sets of black? It probably doesnt matter but just wondering? Also does it matter the colour of the wire? When i have looked around it comes in a variety of colours.

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PostPosted: 21 May 2012, 21:25 
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You need about 10% more cable to overcome the length lost with twisting and braiding. Per foot, you need about 4.5 feet of each black and grey. You need to twist the wires as pairs just as is shown in the instructions. It is this wire geometry that makes the cables low inductance. The colors are arbitrary.

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PostPosted: 21 May 2012, 23:56 
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Thank You for the response.

Just to be clear I need about 13 - 14 inches each strand of cable per foot?


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PostPosted: 22 May 2012, 17:51 
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Yes, 14" should do.

If you are looking for a premium wire, try choosing one that uses PTFE (Teflon brand) insulator.
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I just finished my first cable and there is a big difference in sound between the monster wire I had hooked up and these cables. Far more clarity and resolution than the monster. Did an A B comparison (left speaker with braided cable versus right speaker with monster) and my non-audiophile wife picked up on the difference. Far more detail.

Thanks Adam for the design. Easy project with better than expected outcome.

Scott

P.S. this is all part of my latest low budget system. I'm in SoCal most of the week for the next year or two and I'm trying to assemble an audiophile system for less than $1,000. Nice challenge. Also going the V-DAC II source route. Learning lots.


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Hi Scott, welcome to the forum. Glad to hear that the Low-Inductance DIY Hi-Fi Speaker Cables worked out well for your needs. I have a V-DAC II and it you have any questions or experience to share, please feel free to do so in the Musical Fidelity V-DAC II thread.

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can I build these same type of cables using a lower gauge wire? with similar results? I don't need to run a very long distance to my speakers, 10 ft max, normally they sit about 5 ft away from my equipment.
Please let me know
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PostPosted: 22 Jan 2013, 20:33 
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Hi Frank, welcome to the forum.

Yes. Just follow the same reverse braiding pattern. The reverse braiding pattern is what lowers the net inductance of the cable. Changing the wire gauge will primarily change the net resistance of the cable.

What size wire will you be using? I've been toying with the idea using wire wrap wire (~28AWG) for use with highish sensitivity rear loaded horns. :smoking:

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