DIY Speaker Cables are a great way to improve your home theater or audiophile setup without blowing wads of cash. The big brands want you to think their cables are made with some secret ingredient, guess what, there not. With a few simple tools, some affordable parts, and a little know the best way to create Cayin 300B that not only rival the sound quality of the big brands, nevertheless the appearance as well. Simply stick to the steps below.
Step One: Gather the various tools and Parts – You need to collect the following tools: a measuring tape, a spool of yarn or string, a ruler, scissors, a little screwdriver or screwdriver set, an exacto knife or box cutter. When you have gathered your tools you need to get the parts necessary to build the speaker cable. The various components include: your desired length of speaker wire 10-20% extra, the required period of sleeving 10-20% extra, your preferred end connectors, cable pants which are the right size to your cable. Additionally you will require two sizes of warmth shrink, along with a roll of scotch tape.
Step 2: Measure and Cut – Should you be unsure what length cable you will want, run a piece of strong from your stereo for your speaker following the route you intend to operate the speaker cable. Put in a foot or two depending on the overall length, and after that measure the duration of the string.
Once you measure out the length cut your speaker cable to the length you have calculated. Now measure the length of one cable pant, and inside entire connector (for example in a banana plug the duration of the cable that will be inside the banana plug).
Take the number and double it. Now trim your sleeving with a entire speaker cable minus the calculation from your pants and banana plug. Add an inch to become safe.
Step Three: Slide on the Sleeving – Since you now have most of your components measured out, it is time for you to slide on the sleeving. If you used the chart from step two you need to have no problem getting it on the cable. Make use of a slinky like motion to push the sleeving on the cable.
Slide about 4 to 5 inches at any given time, give it time to bunch up and then push the bunch further on the cable. For HiFi XLR Cable this could take a moment, have patience and just keep repeating the slinky motion. If you wish to it is possible to apply some scotch tape towards the ends in the speaker cable in a cone like shape, this helps the cable slide with the sleeving without getting snagged.
Step 4: Apply the warmth Shrink – Now that you hold the sleeving on you may have noticed the ends are beginning to fray, no need to worry. Take your heat shrink (At the end of this article you can find size recommendations) and stop two half inch long pieces. You won’t be seeing this heat shrink in the long run, so don’t fret if its not quite half of an inch long, or maybe its not cut perfectly straight.
Take the heat shrink and slide it over the end from the sleeving, if the sleeving is too frayed you can use a part of scotch tape to temporarily hold along the fray, simply wrap the tape across the end of the sleeving, slide the heat shrink on the tape and take off the scotch tape.
Don’t leave the tape as the next step might cause it to burn.
Once the heats hrink is positioned to protect the fraying ends of the sleeving, use a lighter, heat gun or hairdryer to shrink the heat shrink. Take care not to burn the heat shrink or even the sleeving around it.
Step 5: Slide on the Cable Pants – The warmth shrink you applied in step 5 should make for an effortless setting up the speaker pants. Measure the duration of the speaker cable from your end of the heat shrink to the end in the cable. It should be the size of the cable pants the useable period of your connector a little extra. Take scissors or even an Exacto knife making a circular cut across the speaker cable sheath. Eliminate the sheath and shut down any cotton fiber that may have been used in the cable construction. You may now slide on the cable pants. When the individual legs from the pants have a hard time sliding over the speaker cable conductors, apply a tiny amount of dish soap to the speaker cable to assist in the procedure.
When the cable pants are saved to you will need to slide them as far down as they possibly can go, then back up about 1/4″. This provides you with some room for error in the next step.
Step 6: Install the Connector – Using the sleeving, heat shrink and cable pants already on your cable you happen to be almost done. The final step is to use the selection of connector. It is possible to select from banana plugs, spades or pins. Whichever connector you decide on, the steps are similar. Based on your connector you may need to slide the decorative cover within the cable pants prior to the following steps.
Unscrew the set screws. Slide the speaker cable using the covering still on in to the connector. Mark the cable as close to the connector as you can. Using the mark produced in step 3 strip the sheath from the individual conductor. Slide from the protective sheath, then slide the bare wire back into the connector. (Try not to touch the bare wire together with your bare fingers because the qzuqtl will never assist the copper).
Tighten the set screws completely making certain they line up within the bare wire. Based on your connector setup, screw on the decorative cover. For that correct size components please reference these chart: DIY Speaker Cable Component Size There is absolutely no limit for the creativity you can use when making you cables. You can add a bit of heat shrink over top of the joint between the Line Magnetic LM-210IA, or use colored heat shrink to mark each conductor.
For more color you may use multiple layers of sleeving, like metallic or glow-in-the-dark-clear over top of a color of your liking. Finally ViaBlue makes great cable splitters which can be used instead of cable pants for additional style.