@Roarke, timely! I just started putting together a Google Sheet of wire. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pXSXIVBJXhb5fqysBTHQ5q3SHQ3d8B6kAHv8yQIWSTY/edit?usp=sharing I've made a number of cables. Alex of Audio Zenith claimed to be able to hear the difference between some of them, but I, my son, and my friends cannot. I think it takes a very trained and sensitive ear to tell the difference. I hears two cables once that I thought were different, but I could not be sure. Also, different doesn't mean better. Braided is supposed to help with EMI rejection. Probably doesn't matter unless you live next to a radio or TV antenna, or a HAM operator. Braiding individually sleeved paracord does look nice. I've done 4 and 8 strand wires braided bare (just insolation) and individually sleeved. Also, a tight braid with paracord might allow for more cable noise, so you might want to start with a loose braid. if I were you, I would start with mogami W2799 and extract the conductors. It's not fun, but not too difficult with an exacto knife and patience. Basic 60/40 leaded solder is also fine. There is a really extensive thread on Head-Fi for making cables. http://www.head-fi.org/t/676402/diy-cable-questions-and-comments-thread/ Don't read the whole thread, unless you are a masochist. here a decent post of what you might need http://www.head-fi.org/t/676402/diy-cable-questions-and-comments-thread/5070#post_12488946 At some point I will create google site to show off all the DIY stuff I've done. Mostly headphone stands and cables. For interconnects, I've given up and just get monoprice premium stuff. For headphone cables, unless you really know what you are listening for, good quality wire is fine, heck, even good.