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Simple DIY Speaker Cables

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Simple DIY Speaker Cables

Instructions are provided to construct some very simple DIY speaker cables. I use these cables with my DIY Hi-Vi 3-Way Speakers.

 UPDATE  - 19 May 2009 - Adam has improved this cable design by significanlty reducing inductance. See the new project page, Low-Inductance DIY Speaker Cables for details of the improved speaker cable design.

The following materials were used for these simple DIY Speaker Cables:

Table 1: Required Parts for DIY Speaker Cables

Parts-Express Part # Item Description
100-072
100-088
082-352
082-782
091-1070
16 AWG Black Primary Wire 100 feet
16 AWG Gray Primary Wire 100 feet
Techflex 1/2" Expandable Sleeving 25 ft
Cable Pants 11mm 2-Conductor Black 10 Pcs.
Banana Plugs (2 pair)

The materials for this project are available from Parts Express. Add banana plugs or spades of your choice to terminate the wires.

DIY Speaker Cable Parts

Photograph 1: Parts for DIY Speaker Cables

Photograph 2 below shows a test weave for the speaker cables. The idea here was to use multiple 16 gauge wires to lower the loudspekaer cable resistance. Weaving the wires helps reduces asymmetrical field interactions since the wires are not on either the inside or outside of the cable more than any other wire.

Test Weave of Speaker Wires

Photograph 2: Test Weave of Speaker Wires

Once I was happy with the test weaves, I put together a short test speaker cable.

Test DIY / Home Made Speaker Cables / Wire

Photograph 3: Short Test Speaker Cable

The pictures below show the final speaker cables.

Simple Home Made Speaker Cable

Photograph 4: Simple Home Made Speaker Cable

DIY Speaker Cable

Photograph 5: DIY Speaker Cable

 UPDATE  - 19 May 2009 - Adam has improved this cable design by significanlty reducing inductance. See the new project page, Low-Inductance DIY Speaker Cables for details of the improved speaker cable design.