Originally Posted by Feynman
I thought that I'd start a small project, make a balanced cable for my upcoming Audeze LCD 2. I haven't made a cable myself before and from reading a bit this is what I need as far as I know;
2 mini XLR's for the headphone
1 y-split, either shrink or similar or a physical y-split piece
1 male XLR at the end
Cable: Either a quad-cable, or is it possible with silver wire as well (four of them?)
Cable cover and shrink
Then you braid the cable, litz pattern? After this you basically solder the connectors and you are done? Is this it?
Gladly accepts any help! :)
Basically. Make sure you get 4-pin mini XLRs. Switchcraft is the original, Amphenol makes one that is as nice if not better for half the price, Neutrik makes them, but not a fan of the strain relief, and of course you can get cheap ones off of ebay that on occasion can have fit issues.
If you go silver, I would avoid solid core as much as possible. Very stiff, prone to kinking, and can even break if flexed too much. I had a silver wire break mid cable and was practically impossible to fix.
Make sure to mark your wires or have a multimeter on hand to keep track of what goes where. And remember to put the the pieces of the connector onto the cable before soldering :)