Cable Building

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  1. toddrhodes

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    Read the link, that first main reply is amazing. So much to learn.
     
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    Was able to get those WBTs desoldered. Took almost 2 hours to do 8 of them. The design of that terminal makes getting the shield off pretty tricky depending on how it was built to begin with.

    Does anyone know of a source for pre-printed +/- red/black tags like for speaker wire? I wouldn't have thought this would be so tough to find.
     
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    I use red-black-blue or two sets of heatshrink, with a longer piece for each channel and shorters ones for polarity.
     
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    Thanks! Surprised I can't find any and I'm not shelling out for 100 pieces of custom printed ones when I only need two of each :)
     
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    Mogami 3104 twisted together for single-wiring per channel. Furutech spades, and set-screw bananas that don't otherwise come apart, and work great with the WBT lugs on my amp. I've had these for awhile but tonight decided to do them correctly and I'm happy with how they turned out. The main goal here was to shorten what I had, as they were almost 10' long and I only needed 5' with my new layout.


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    The RCAs are Mogami 2549 that I terminated with WBT 0144s, then added a little dressing to. I should have done the dressing before I soldered one of the two ends, but I was excited to use my new soldering station, lol. I still like how they turned out.

    Next up is to dress the other RCA I made (same recipe as above), then I'm moving into power cables. First one will just be simple, and will rid me of that garden hose going into the amp. Then I'm trying Steve Reeve's double helix design. We'll see.
     
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    Nice work, I recently did almost exactly what you did but with canare 4s11 4 conductor cable.. I see you have an odyssey amp. I'm also finding it's more important to have flexible cords the right length and gauge and with good shielding or anti emi geometry is more important than conductor purity and pure copper terminations
     
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    The Mogami I'm using has cotton rope (it's actually pretty darn thick, too) running through it but when it comes to cable properties and such, I just know I really like the sound I get from Mogami. Canare is really, really good stuff though.

    I am beyond happy with my Odyssey gear. I have a Stratos Extreme with a few upgrades and it is fed by a Candela preamp with Radiotechnique 12AU7s that are just magical for the music I listen to. The Kismet monos like you have are the only other amplification I would consider going to from the Stratos. But in my small room, I'm barely stressing the Stratos and I want for nothing in terms of imaging or dynamics, so I feel like that will be the route I go if/when the Stratos has played its last note, but not before then.

    And reducing the length of the cable, while I can't definitively say it's improved anything, the rigs sounds even a touch more dynamic and spacious this evening, so that's something.
     
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    Finally took the plunge and made 2 30ft speaker wires. I used Audioquest Rocket 11 wire, wire pants and some tech flex. For now I used the RB 300 Banana Plugs as well. Happy with how things have turned out and sound.
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