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Help , found some 15+ years old speaker cable, is this any good?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hi, I am planning to DIY a pair of cable for my living room, 8 foot long each with banana plug, just before i order some new cables, i found this old speaker cables at home, It say OSONIC on the cable. I don't know what gauge size it is, the pencil next to it is for size comparison.

 

 

 

Is this any good compare to the Monoprice one or the Canare?

 

Monoprice 

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10239&cs_id=1023901&p_id=2816&seq=1&format=1#largeimage

 

Canare

http://www.performanceaudio.com/buy/Canare/4S11/535

 

Thanks


Edited by MkElement - 1/23/13 at 7:41pm
post #2 of 13

Just grab some speaker cable, it's not too expensive.

 

If you really want to use that cable, cut the ends off, and restrip the cable. It'll make sure there's no oxidation.

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestion Taowolf51 .

 Maybe i should just get new cables, i need to order banana plugs anyways  normal_smile%20.gif

post #4 of 13

If you do, you may want to look at these, it's the speaker cables I use, and the materials were maybe $25.

 

http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/whitelightning/moonshine.html

post #5 of 13

Amusingly, the hi-fi store I went to when I was a child (which did sell exotic speaker cable) wired up their entire bookshelf speaker section with 12 AWG power cord!  It's basically the same stuff as basic speaker cable anyway.

post #6 of 13

Yeah, I know a bunch of people who swear by lamp cord even on their high end stuff.

 

There is actually something to the Walmart power cable recommended in the white lightning moonshine build. The cable is super thick, fairly well insulated, and the individual strands of copper in the cable are very thick individually, much much thicker than the speaker cable I had before.

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks Taowolf51 for the link. : )
post #8 of 13

If it still works, why not.... its up to you if you want to save money or banana plugs..

post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

I think my speaker will look nicer with banana plug, But i am not sure if i can hear any difference with different speaker cable. smile.gif

post #10 of 13

Pick up some nice speaker cable from Markertek.com shrink wrap the ends that splay out of the outer jacket and solder on some banana plugs and you're good to go.

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

wow thats alot of stuffs on Markertek.com, will definitely check it out. Thanks 65535 smile.gif

post #12 of 13

Basically they sell just about everything audio and video production companies use. Have good prices and fast shipping. There speaker cable is somewhat limited, but they do have a decent enough selection of 2 conductor cable. Pick up some heat shrink while your at it. Good trick for making heat shrink stay put is to either use adhesive lined (not my favorite due to spillage of the adhesive when heated) or using a small (really I mean small) amount of rubber contact cement under the heat shrink then shrinking it over the wet adhesive, once shrunk and dried you have a perfect cover that won't slip.

post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

Just some ok quality basic speaker cables are good enough for me, since i don't have high end equipments. And thanks for the heat shrink tips.  Much appreciated smile.gif

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