DIY Speaker Cables are a great way to enhance your home theater or audiophile setup without blowing wads of money. 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 how you can create Cayin Audio that not only rival the sound quality of the big brands, however the appearance also. Simply follow the steps below.
Step 1: Gather the Tools and Parts – You will have to collect the subsequent tools: a tape measure, 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 purchase the parts needed to build the speaker cable. The parts include: your desired period of speaker wire 10-20% extra, the preferred duration of sleeving 10-20% extra, your selected end connectors, cable pants which can be the proper size for the cable. Additionally you will need two sizes of heat shrink, along with a roll of scotch tape.
Step 2: Measure and Cut – If you are unsure what length cable you will want, run a bit of strong out of your stereo for your speaker following the route you intend to perform the speaker cable. Give a foot or two depending on the overall length, and after that measure the size of the string.
As soon as you measure out the length reduce your speaker cable for the length you have calculated. Now measure the length of one cable pant, and inside entire connector (for instance in a banana plug the length of the cable that might be inside the banana plug).
Consider the number and double it. Now trim your sleeving with a length of the speaker cable minus the calculation from the pants and banana plug. Add an inch to become safe.
Step 3: Slide on the Sleeving – Now that you 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. Utilize a slinky like motion to push the sleeving on the cable.
Slide about four to five inches at the same time, give it time to bunch up and then push the bunch further on the cable. For Audiophile Cables this could take some time, have patience and simply keep repeating the slinky motion. If you want to you are able to apply some scotch tape towards the ends of the speaker cable in a cone like shape, this will help the cable slide with the sleeving without getting snagged.
Step 4: Apply the Heat Shrink – Now that you possess the sleeving on you could have noticed the ends are beginning to fray, no requirement to worry. Take your heat shrink (At the end of this article there are size recommendations) and cut off two half inch long pieces. You won’t be seeing this heat shrink ultimately, so don’t fret whether its not exactly one half of an inch long, or maybe its not cut perfectly straight.
Go ahead and take heat shrink and slide it on the end from the sleeving, when the sleeving is just too frayed you can use a bit of scotch tape to temporarily hold on the fray, simply wrap the tape across the end in the sleeving, slide the heat shrink on the tape and take away the scotch tape.
Don’t leave the tape as the next phase might make it burn.
Once the heats hrink is positioned to protect the fraying ends in the sleeving, make use of a lighter, heat gun or hairdryer to shrink the temperature shrink. Take care not to burn the temperature shrink or even the sleeving around it.
Step 5: Slide on the Cable Pants – The heat shrink you applied in step 5 should alllow for an even installing of the speaker pants. Measure the length of the speaker cable through the end from the heat shrink for the end from the cable. It should be the duration of the cable pants the useable period of your connector a little bit more. Take scissors or even an Exacto knife and make a circular cut around the speaker cable sheath. Eliminate the sheath and cut off any cotton fiber that might have been used in the cable construction. You are going to now slide on the cable pants. In the event the individual legs in the pants have a problem sliding on the speaker cable conductors, apply a tiny amount of dish soap to the speaker cable to aid in the procedure.
When the cable pants have you should slide them as far down as they can go, and then back up about 1/4″. This will give you some room for error in the next step.
Step 6: Install the Connector – With all the sleeving, heat shrink and cable pants already on your cable you might be almost done. The very last step is to use your selection of connector. You are able to select from banana plugs, spades or pins. No matter what connector you decide on, the steps are similar. According to your connector you may need to slide the decorative cover within the cable pants before the following steps.
Unscrew the set screws. Slide the speaker cable with the covering still on to the connector. Mark the cable as close to the connector as you can. Making use of the mark produced in step three strip the sheath off the individual conductor. Slide from the protective sheath, and after that slide the bare wire into the connector. (Try not to touch the bare wire along with your bare fingers as the qzuqtl is not going to assist the copper).
Tighten the set screws completely making sure they align on the bare wire. Depending on your connector setup, screw on the decorative cover. For your correct size components please reference the subsequent chart: DIY Speaker Cable Component Size There is absolutely no limit to the creativity you may use when you make you cables. You can include a bit of heat shrink over the top of joint involving the Line Magnetic 508ia, or use colored heat shrink to mark each conductor.
For more color you can utilize multiple layers of sleeving, such as metallic or glow-in-the-dark-clear over top of a color of your choice. Finally ViaBlue makes great cable splitters which can be used in place of cable pants for added style.