Originally Posted by Lurkumaural
Talk me through this Cat6 job, because I've been trying to read up on Ethernet cable for audio here and found a lot of "do it" versus "buy some Starquad." I want to try this myself instead of shelling out for mic cable. And you've done it.
Is that two twisted pairs to each can?
Is a twisted pair treated as one conductor, or do you combine the darks and then the lights?
A twisted pair is treated as a single conductor. I used the colored strands to determine +/-.
Stranded copper or solid?
Do you/did you experience microphonics?
Yes, I believe it to be caused by the 4-braids which might be too tight. A looser braid may not cause as much microphonics. Since I use the headphones at my computer station it doesn't really bother me.
Is that white shrink wrap?
And why is it wrapped after the split, and not before?
Purely aesthetics. I had some white shrink wrap sitting around and thought it would look neat. I also wanted to have a contrast between the main braid and the Y-split to the the cups.
It's a very well made looking cable (and some pretty headphones); I'm very much into the unsheathed look, unless a sheath were more functional or practical somehow.
The sheathed Cat6 cable was very stiff and not very manageable (pliable). I found the interior of the cable had a plastic divider for each of the four twisted pairs, it ran the whole length of the cable. It looked like a plus sign when viewed from the end. It is a real cheap way to re-cable a set of headphones. The Cat6 cable was less than 5 dollars.