Question about DIY Interconnects

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Dillon Poole, May 6, 2003.

  1. Dillon Poole

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    I'm planning on building a set or two of interconnects here soon for my car audio. I've been through 1 or 2 of the sites that people have put up but it never answered a question of mine. The tools, are they absolutely necessary? I understand they make it alot easier to do but what if I'm not going to make alot of cables and its really not a time critical project?

    In the future I'm planning on making all the cables for my home theater, but not till I upgrade my receiver and some other stuff so its not a concern right now. I plan to buy the tools then, but just wanted to know the necessity of them...

    Thanks in advance. [​IMG]
     
  2. Nathan Smith

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    as long as your not going with crimp style connectors and use somthing along the lines of WBT clones u should be ok...

    well u will probably need a wire stripper and a soldering iron..[so what is that 10-15bux if u dont already have them]


    good luck check out the dayton locking rca's on partsexprss.com they are cheap soldering type
     
  3. Dillon Poole

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    I have some mean wire strippers for 4 guage speaker wire...couldn't I just strip the wire down to what the Canare strippers do? I mean all they really do is fold back the layers to a certain point for the crimp style connectors to hold right? I don't really see why I couldn't do that manually...then again, thats why I'm here lol [​IMG]
     
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    You don't use speaker wire for interconnects.

    Patch Cables (Whether they be unbalanced RCA or Balanced XLR)
    use coaxial cable which contains a center conductor that is
    encased in PVC or PTFE surrounded by a metal braid. The
    Braid is the Negative and the center conductor is Positive.

    You can't use speaker wire because one wire is only one
    conductor. Plus it's far heavier of a gauge than needed for
    line level signals.
     
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  6. Dillon Poole

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    Thats what I was getting at. I'm gonna be buying a bunch of the cable and experiment with it so if I mess it up I'm not gonna lose any sleep....I'm just trying to get a feel for how tough and/or thick the wire and its shielding is...think I'll go out today and experiment with it.

    Quick question, any resources out there for custom heat shrink? Like custom logos and what not?
     
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