Is using black electrical tape a no-no when building interconnects or speaker cabless

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  1. Lam Nguyen

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    I've been reading on the Jon Risch interconnect and others, and they all recommend using the white plumbers tape on interconnects and speaker cables. Does the black electrical tape degrade the quality in some way?
     
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    it would be rather remarkable if it did however there may be sound mechanical and aesthetic reasons for choosing one over the other.
     
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    Your post is a little confusing, Lam. What is the tape being used for? Splicing? Aesthetic decoration? To bundle wires together?

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    White plumbers tape like the very thin kind that's used between the threaded joints of water pipes to prevent leaking is made of Teflon which is an excellent insulator. That may be the reason its recommended. But as Wayne also asked, what is the tape being used for?
     
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    ...or labels?

    Hi Wayne!
     
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    It definately has to to with Teflon. The Teflon tape is used to wrap the silver wire around some kind of core material like tubing or cotton rope. Many of John Risch's recipes call for a certain kind of Belden coax cable which has a foamed teflon wrapped copper center wire.

    Teflon rules for DIY audio IC's and speaker wire.
     
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    the black tape is just use to wrap around the Techflex and interconnect to keep the techflex it in place, I was affraid the heatshrink was not enough. Thanks for the reply so far.
     

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