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    Default I made some speaker cables...

    So I decided to try some DIY speaker cables. I initially tried this with dual 12 ga wire from monoprice and all gls safe banana plugs. This attempt failed. The gls safe plugs and the back of my amp didn't play well together, and dual strands of 12 ga wire inside the techflex ended up not being flexible at all.

    I then ordered 50ft of blue jeans cable quad 14ga wire. I also ordered 6 locking banana plugs for the back of the receiver. I ordered 25 ft of carbon techflex and 25 ft of black techflex, as well as all the heat shrink. Here is the result.





























    I know I should have dusted off the entertainment center before I took these pics.

    Now I am left with 28ft of the quad 14ga wire, approx 21 ft black tech flex, 10 gls safe banana plugs, and lots of heat shrink. I guess I will make another set using black tech flex and then sell them.
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    Hey guy-- nice work.I just love it when folks post step by step pics of their builds.Good on you. Right now,, I'll bet visions of interconnects are jumping around in your head,,eh?

    Good job--thanks for posting.
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    Is that Canare S411 wire? I have some of that and it does real nice in my system. I go back and forth with my AQ-CV4 and they both have their pluses.
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    Nice and Clean!!!!!!

    Great Job..

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    Nice Work, very clean looking.


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    Very nice work. Canare Star Quad is really very good for the price. I made a pair for my office rig.

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    I used the same cable for my HT rig, it's nice stuff.
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    Nice job. DIY is very satisfying. My Canare 4S11 cables,to my ears, sound better in my rig than any of the factory made sets I've tried (DH Labs,Kimber,Cardas,MAC,Morrow,etc.).

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    Very nice. I have recently had to place some cheap cable in my rig as it is pieced together while I move. Once I get in the new house and have a free weekend i may try my luck with some of these.

    How much was all the materials if you don't mind me asking?
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    Yes I used the Canare S411. Thanks for all the kind words guys.

    Quote Originally Posted by packetjones View Post
    Very nice. I have recently had to place some cheap cable in my rig as it is pieced together while I move. Once I get in the new house and have a free weekend i may try my luck with some of these.

    How much was all the materials if you don't mind me asking?
    I would have to figure everything up. I can do that when I get home.
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    Looks great and those are fun cables to make!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slammin86 View Post
    I know I should have dusted off the entertainment center before I took these pics.
    LOL. Everytime I post a pic I notice dust that I missed.

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    Nice work man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slammin86 View Post
    Yes I used the Canare S411. Thanks for all the kind words guys.



    I would have to figure everything up. I can do that when I get home.
    I'd be interested in the cost as well. I came into a length of AQ CinemaQuest wire that I was planning on doing a DYI center cable with. Thanks for posting this. Looks great!

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    Nice work,want to make me a set?

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    It's $1.30 a foot.
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    IDK If this is all in my head or what, but music seems to sound different with these wires. Seems to have a wider soundstage, more defined highs, snappier mids...

    Must be snake oil or something.

    Prior to this I had dual 12 ga monoprice wires going to each front and center channel.

    Man I love this hobby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FTGV View Post
    Nice work,want to make me a set?
    I have about 28 ft of wire, 21 ft of black techflex (and one approx 4 ft piece), enough heat shrink and gls safe banana plugs. If you really want a set let me know.
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    As far as a cost if you wanted to do this yourself...I paid $39 shipped for 25ft of techflex and the heat shrink. 25ft of wire and 3 sets of banana plugs comes to $56.45 shipped. 10 GLS Safe banana plugs comes to $36 shipped. So you can make yourself a set of these for about $130 total. Obviously you have many choices on banana plugs and could do this much cheaper. I kind of messed up on the whole deal and ended up with a lot more than I needed...lol. Still very fun to make.
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    Nice job! Those look very nice.
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    Nice! I have that same wire stripper~
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    Nice Job!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slammin86 View Post
    IDK If this is all in my head or what, but music seems to sound different with these wires. Seems to have a wider soundstage, more defined highs, snappier mids...

    Must be snake oil or something.

    Prior to this I had dual 12 ga monoprice wires going to each front and center channel.

    Man I love this hobby.
    Yep, cables matter in this hobby. Again Canare Star Quad is a proven design and offers great bang-for-the-buck performance. Isn't it better to find out for yourself than to get into a heated discussion about the differences between inexpensive mono-price stuff vs. something like this? And you didn't have to spend an arm and a leg to achieve a little better sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heiney9 View Post
    Yep, cables matter in this hobby. Again Canare Star Quad is a proven design and offers great bang-for-the-buck performance. Isn't it better to find out for yourself than to get into a heated discussion about the differences between inexpensive mono-price stuff vs. something like this? And you didn't have to spend an arm and a leg to achieve a little better sound.

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    I honestly had no expectations of sound improving. I always though wire was wire. I guess I just proved myself wrong. Almost makes me want to try some high dollar wires...but I won't...lol. I'm very happy with these for now.

    I only did this to improve the looks and make connections easy. This is much easier than twisting the wire together and trying to squeeze it down into the posts on the speakers and amp.
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    Nice job. Maybe I will take a crack at this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by slammin86 View Post
    I honestly had no expectations of sound improving. I always though wire was wire. I guess I just proved myself wrong. Almost makes me want to try some high dollar wires...but I won't...lol. I'm very happy with these for now.

    I only did this to improve the looks and make connections easy. This is much easier than twisting the wire together and trying to squeeze it down into the posts on the speakers and amp.
    The best kind of performance improvement is when you're not expecting it.

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    Those look really good man! Well done!
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    Slammin cables. Very nice.

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    Good job there, looks sweet.....and all you had to do was take the step to at least try something different. Congrats on a job well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keiko View Post
    Slammin cables. Very nice.
    Now that's marketing. I can put my other set on ebay and call them "slammin cables" then everyone will want them and create a bidding war driving the price up to several hundred dollars...

    LOL...one can always dream.
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