In search of wire...

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jim A. Banville, Apr 5, 2002.

  1. Jim A. Banville

    Jim A. Banville Supporting Actor

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    Anyone who frequents this boards knows that I'm no "believer" when it comes to cable differences, but I want to try some controlled listening tests with my friends. I want to build a DIY speaker cable based on a mixture of "recommended" parameters, such as multiple low gauge, solid OFHC copper conductors with teflon insulation in a braided configuration. So, can anyone suggest a source for 18 AWG OFHC (non-silver plated) copper wire with teflon insulation (preferrably in white)? I'm aware of the Cat5 cable with 24 AWG wire, but I want to use a design that doesn't require so much braiding work, thus I'm making a 4 wire cable (2-18 AWG for + and 2- 18 AWG for -). I'm assuming the result would be a total 16 AWG or better, which is what my "reference" Monster Cable "zip cord" is.
    thanks
    Jim
     
  2. Larry Proud

    Larry Proud Auditioning

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    Jim,

    I believe what you are looking for is Belden 1695A. You can get it in cut lengths from Have Inc for around a dollar a foot plus $7.50 for cut.

    Larry
     
  3. Greg Monfort

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    Have you checked Southwire in Carrollton? Two 18ga = 15ga, two 19ga = 16ga. IOW, for same gauge wire, doubling up = a three wire size increase.

    GM
     
  4. Brian Bunge

    Brian Bunge Producer

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    Greg,

    Do these guys have a website with pricing? If not, how about a phone #?

    Thanks,

    Brian
     
  5. Greg Monfort

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    Southwire (http://www.southwire.com/) is a manufacturer so can answer any wire question and refer you to the closest distributor for purchase. I haven't done it in a while, but they used to send out 'samples' if you only needed a small quantity.
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