DIY RCA Cables using Cat 5E ?

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  1. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Hey folks,

    Just curious.. Could you use one of the twisted pairs of
    conductors out of a Cat 5E cable for an RCA twisted pair?

    I was messing around and made a 6' length with 2 twisted
    conductors inside the Cat 5E sheath with nikel plated copper
    braid over the Cat 5E and Techflex over that...


    I am not using it, I was just bored and wanted to see what
    it came out like... I wonder how useable it would be?
     
  2. Bill W.

    Bill W. Stunt Coordinator

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    The easy answer is yes, I think Jon Risch's web site talks about it. The question is how good a cable it would make and that is dependant on the quality of termination and the cable itself.
     
  3. Michael R Price

    Michael R Price Screenwriter

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    Brett,

    Mr. Risch has stated that the wires are too close together to sound really good... and they're unshielded. I tried a simple Cat5 twisted pair as an interconnect and it sounded pretty bad (worse than a 50 cent component-included cable). You're best off spending a little extra money for Belden 89259 and some good RCA connectors.
     
  4. Vince Bray

    Vince Bray Stunt Coordinator

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    You can make a very serviceable s-video cable with the cat5. I've got a 50ft run of it and it displays no faults that are apparent on my small screen. I used a pair for each signal and tied the shield of the cable on one end. Works very well.
     
  5. Allen Ross

    Allen Ross Supporting Actor

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    hey another good way to get cheap S video cables, if any one has an old mac, circa 1984- up intill about the mid 90s. the keyboard extension cables are s video, hey you can find them cheap, as in free at some schools, just ask around, hey it beats paying 70 bucks for monster cables
    on another note i just made these last week for my DIY sub, no way am i going to shell out some more coin (50 and up) for a 9 metter cable when i can make it for around 10. what do you think. it was fairly
    easy, and they sound is decent, no complaints, and they look really nice
    BTW its not my web site but found this a while ago
     
  6. Allen Ross

    Allen Ross Supporting Actor

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    yeah same thing the guy has on his site, did it just the way he showed, and hauled on them pretty good with a wrench to get them nice and tight. the are vary solid and have a nice pro look to them.

    No complaints they are cheap, stylish, and of course i made them. haha
     

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