DIY interconnect cables
Posted by: wal riley on 10 August 2000
If you've read my system posting, then you'll know that I potter with the DIY aspect of audio as well. I can appreciate that the building, testing and finishing of a pair of speakers might be too time consuming for a lot of us who have spouses to consider, but knocking together a couple of DIY interconnects should really only take about an hour slaving over a hot soldering iron, shouldn't it? I have been experimenting with various cables obtained from Maplin, with varying degrees of success, and the most effective one that I have come up with is not made from any of their co-axial audio cable range, but from some of their silver-plated, PTFE coated equipment wire, catalogue No's. VU08J & VU10L, which are black and red coloured respectively. Not having heard any particularly expensive interconnects, I can't vouch for their absolute sound quality, but they comprehensively outperform Chord Co. Chrysalis, and all the more expensive Maplin cables that i've tried. I just got three lengths of the cable, using two white for the return and one red for the live, and platted them together, chucked on some cheap but reasonable phonos, and waahey! Cheapskate audio nirvana for under a tenner. Laffing! Anyone else got any cheap, quick, audio DIY tips?
[This message was edited by wal riley on FRIDAY 11 August 2000 at 19:54.]