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post #916 of 1010
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Originally Posted by Tordenskjold View Post
---ANGRY RANT WARNING---

Ok, I am apparently too clumsy/stupid/frustrated to make a **** interconnect. I fumbled around trying to fit these *** wires in the even more ***-up plug. I used neutrik 231 mini connectors like these:



and a microphone cable with 2 wires and copper shielding which i intended to use as ground pole on the connectors. then I went after the manual on page 1, and after about 30 minutes the damn wires were finally in these microscopic holes. Another 30 minutes and several burned fingers later the little bastards were in place. aleeve over them, screwng up the housing of the plug and a bit of heat-shrink, repeat on the other end in about the same time... the great moment: I plugged it in and... heavy noises, one channel went missing and reappeared when i turned the wire, bent the wire, and whatnot. --> DAMN. Ok, must have done it wrong - everything out again and anew...

I did the whole process for about 3 times before firing the destroyed cable in the bin and putting the plugs away for later use. I even tried different cable, three single wires from an old adapter (cinch --> 3,5mm like above) and again the same process. With the same results.

ATM I use a 75cm cable to connect my DAP to my amp and that sucks - so what now? The worst thing: when I twisted the small interconnect the right way, it sounded way better then the blasted 75cm crappy cable I am using right now!

Practice makes perfect.
post #917 of 1010
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Originally Posted by specto View Post
Practice makes perfect.
Too late, found one in 30cm length and it´s better than anything i could ever build.



it´s even cheaper to buy then two neutrik plugs and the wire together.
post #918 of 1010
You do know those Neutriks pictured are 1/4" and not 1/8" right?
post #919 of 1010
can anyone tell me where i can buy either 3:1 or 4:1 adhesive walled heat shrink? i usually get my stuff at wirecare but they only care adhesive shrink in 2:1
post #920 of 1010
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post #921 of 1010
I want to start making interconnects and i was wondering what i should start with.

I'm thinking of getting some
2:1 Heatshrink Tubing
Multifilament Braided Nylon Sleeving

Tecnec 1/8" stereo plug
-or-
Canare F-12

The RCA connector's i'm either going to use some i found on an unused cable or order some(i wouldn't mind some cheap recommendations)

I have some cable i snagged from my brother's Cable Recycling bin(he's an electrician) that's very similar to starquad except the wires are colored(not just white and blue)

If you guys want i can post pictures of my available materials.
post #922 of 1010
I'm planning to make a mini-rca cable using these parts, opinions would be greatly appreciated.

Switchcraft 35HDBAU 3.5 Stereo Phone Plug
Neutrik NYS352G Male RCA
Cardas TE Solder 10 Gram Pack

I already have a 3/16" cable i nabbed from my brother's cable recycling bin(he's an electrician)

Also, would it be better to splice a new mini plug on my UE Super.Fi 3's or to make my own cable?
post #923 of 1010
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Originally Posted by bik2101 View Post
can anyone tell me where i can buy either 3:1 or 4:1 adhesive walled heat shrink? i usually get my stuff at wirecare but they only care adhesive shrink in 2:1
DigiKey or Mouser. I believe both sell adhesive 3:1 and 4:1. I'm more confident that DigiKey has it since I've ordered some, but I seem to recall Mouser had it also.
post #924 of 1010
I'm planning to make a LOD-mini and mini(female)-rca using these parts, opinions would be appreciated.

Switchcraft 35HDBAU 3.5 Stereo Phone Plug
Neutrik NYS240BG 3.5 Stereo Female Mini plug
5 Feet of Legenburg MCRPC 24 AWG
10 Feet of Nylon Expandable Cable Sleeve 3/16" Dia. Black
Cardas TE Solder 10 Gram Pack

Some cable i nabbed from my brother's Cable Recycle bin(he's an electrician)
post #925 of 1010
I'm planning to make a LOD-mini and mini(female)-rca using these parts, opinions would be appreciated.

Switchcraft 35HDBAU 3.5 Stereo Phone Plug
Neutrik NYS240BG 3.5 Stereo Female Mini plug
5 Feet of Legenburg MCRPC 24 AWG
10 Feet of Nylon Expandable Cable Sleeve 3/16" Dia. Black
3 Feet of Nylon Expandable Cable Sleeve 3/8" Dia. Black
Cardas TE Solder 10 Gram Pack
And some cable i nabbed from my brother's Cable Recycle bin(he's an electrician)
The iPod dock connectors I'm purchasing from Qables
post #926 of 1010
I'm thinking of building a replacement cable for my Sennheiser HD 600s.

For the parts I saw some suggestions on using the Mogami 2534 which are inexpensive compared to the Cardas 4x24 cables. I also found the Cardas plug being sold on eBay so I will go with those.

On those cardas connectors you are supposed to fill it with hot glue after soldering. I don't have a hot glue gun...would heat shrink alone provide sufficient strain relief? Maybe filling it with some other adhesive like super glue?

Cardas HPSC Plugs for DIY Sennheiser Headphone Cables - eBay (item 250506859969 end time Oct-30-09 14:54:39 PDT)
post #927 of 1010
Epoxy will work very well as well.

Of course, test the cable before heatshrinking and gluing and such..
post #928 of 1010
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Originally Posted by John E Woven View Post
Epoxy will work very well as well.

Of course, test the cable before heatshrinking and gluing and such..
Ok, cool.

So here's the part list I came up with:


6 ft Mogami W2534


Neutrik X-Series 1/4


4' PVC Heat Shrink Tubing- 3/8in Diameter - Black



4' Flexible PVC Heat Shrink Tubing 1/4-Inch Diameter - Black and Red


Does that list look ok? I'm going to use the 1/4 heat shrink for the L and R parts after the Y split. Would 3/16 be better here?

3/8 would be for the Y split.
post #929 of 1010
PVC heatshrink is nasty stuff, get yourself some Polyolefin heatshrink. Finished product is much nicer.
post #930 of 1010
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Originally Posted by skyline889 View Post
PVC heatshrink is nasty stuff, get yourself some Polyolefin heatshrink. Finished product is much nicer.
I actually ended up ordering from Redco instead and bought this heatshrink tubing. I'm not sure if they are PVC or Polyolefin though as it doesn't say. If they are PVC I *think* I can source some Polyolefin locally from Fry's Electornics though, I'll have to check.

Redco Audio
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