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post #2206 of 2507

For me, finding cheap plugs is the problem! I have loads of wire to use from the lab at work, it's thick with few strands, but power cables don't really need flexibility.

post #2207 of 2507
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Originally Posted by uncola View Post

So if someone wanted to make a pretty diy power cable, what's an inexpensive wire to use?  I checked ebay and it's all crazy expensive like $12 per foot.  I was thinking of using the canare gs11 quad speaker wire cause it's 14 awg but I guess it's not rated to be used as a power cable.
edit:  power cables are 3 conductor right?


Get Carol brand 10/3 SJOOW cable. Home Depot carries it here in Canada, it should be easy to find in the US as well. I put tech flex on mine, and Wattgate conectors.


post #2208 of 2507

10/3 is insane for a residential use power cord unless you want your power cable to pull your devices off the table.

 

Stick to some good 18/3 or 16/3 SJOOW or if you really feel like having unnecessary bulk in the cable get some nice SOOW cable. Throw some sleeving and make it all excessively pretty. 

 

I for one hide power cables to the best of my ability, it's 115V AC which is then transformed and filtered, a power cable should either be safe, and easy to hide or look nice if seen.

post #2209 of 2507
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Originally Posted by uncola View Post
 

So if someone wanted to make a pretty diy power cable, what's an inexpensive wire to use?  I checked ebay and it's all crazy expensive like $12 per foot.  I was thinking of using the canare gs11 quad speaker wire cause it's 14 awg but I guess it's not rated to be used as a power cable.

edit:  power cables are 3 conductor right?

 

I find that standard flexi 3 core with 3x 18AWG copper core wire does the job. We use it here at work for fire protective application so we can only use quality wire. Here in Australia we have a 240V 60Hz in the GPOs and it does the trick well.

post #2210 of 2507
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Originally Posted by Canadian411 View Post
 

 

for your interconnect, like you said you only need 3 conductors/wires, L, R and ground. So you can tear off mogami sleeve and use only 3 wires (doesnt matter which color/wire, but i will use red for right, blue for left and transparent/black for ground, it doesnt really matter.).

I tried paracord 550 and didn't like it too much, I use tecflex 1/8 or 1/4 with mogami sleeve. 

 

Try tecflex from redco, it might be cheaper to buy than paracord if you order by ft. I ordered a lot from redco. :)

 

thanks Canadian411,

 

I've look at redco and found out they have lots of options for Techflex. Are those just cosmetic difference? Which techflex do you normally go for? For a 3 wires build (i.e. interconnect) will 1/8 or 1/4 be more suitable?

post #2211 of 2507
Here's some other power cables just posted to the gallery. http://www.head-fi.org/t/71148/diy-cable-gallery/13725#post_10689421
post #2212 of 2507

hoekeat think about buying the cleancut techflex, I used 3/16 nylon multifilament with my mogami 2893 which is 4.8mm and it fit correctly but when I cut it and burned it with a lighter it the edges swole and wouldn't fit under the barrels of my plugs.. the cleancut stuff seems like it would be better..  also be aware some techflex expands and some doesn't so when people quote which to use with what diameter of cable, it might vary.. like regular techflex does expand so you can use smaller sizes but nylon doesn't expand so you need bigger for the same cable.. or the opposite I don't remember :P  hopefully someone can chime in

post #2213 of 2507
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Originally Posted by hoekeat View Post
 

 

thanks Canadian411,

 

I've look at redco and found out they have lots of options for Techflex. Are those just cosmetic difference? Which techflex do you normally go for? For a 3 wires build (i.e. interconnect) will 1/8 or 1/4 be more suitable?

 

If you use mogami cables, 1/8 will work for you, 1/8 can expand as well.. 

Let me try at home and post the picture for you.

 

And I follow this link to get the right techflex, Home :: Wiring Materials :: Techflex Sleeving :: Standard Sleeving :: Flexo PET

 

http://www.redco.com/Techflex-PTN0.13.html

 

Oh, I forget, let's say if you buy combination of 50 qty of red and 50 qty of black, redco will reduce the price for 100 qty which will be $0.11, so 100 ft = just $11. Not bad, it will last long time :)


Edited by Canadian411 - 7/7/14 at 4:17am
post #2214 of 2507

even if i am buying 100ft of Techflec Flexo PET from Redco, the cheapest shipping will be more than the sleeve itself. :P

Any other reliable website with better shipping? I saw some from Amazon is cheaper if buying in smaller quantity, and some seller in ebay is from Taiwan?

post #2215 of 2507
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Originally Posted by hoekeat View Post

even if i am buying 100ft of Techflec Flexo PET from Redco, the cheapest shipping will be more than the sleeve itself. :P
Any other reliable website with better shipping? I saw some from Amazon is cheaper if buying in smaller quantity, and some seller in ebay is from Taiwan?
Furryletters on eBay has a number of options. Pricing is good if you're looking for smaller quantities.
post #2216 of 2507
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Originally Posted by hoekeat View Post
 

even if i am buying 100ft of Techflec Flexo PET from Redco, the cheapest shipping will be more than the sleeve itself. :P

Any other reliable website with better shipping? I saw some from Amazon is cheaper if buying in smaller quantity, and some seller in ebay is from Taiwan?

 

Sorry can't help you there regarding the shipping cost, I usually buy bunch to justify the shipping cost.

I bought some paracord from ebay (from china) and it's a fake paracord, and quality isn't the same the one you buy from US.

 

Let me know if you manage to find somewhere cheaper, I will like to know as well, Good luck !

post #2217 of 2507

Probably a very dumb question. I have a good quality Tchernov speaker cable originally purchased to use with my car's subwoofer. Now i want to use that cable to connect my Neuman KH120 active monitors which take XLR-M for input. My DAC is Geek out which has only 3.5mm headphone out. What do i need to make this work?


Edited by matbhuvi - 7/9/14 at 7:36pm
post #2218 of 2507
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Originally Posted by matbhuvi View Post

Probably a very dumb question. I have a good quality Technrov speaker cable originally purchased to use with my car's subwoofer. Now i want to use that cable to connect my Neuman KH120 active monitors which take XLR-M for input. My DAC is Geek out which has only 3.5mm headphone out. What do i need to make this work?

I don't mean this in a patronizing way (just wanting clarity): you're wanting to connect an unbalanced output to a balanced input using speaker wire?
post #2219 of 2507

You need a 3.5mm plug and two 3-pin XLR jacks. I think you can just connect the L signal from the 3.5 jack to the + pin on the XLR and the ground to the -, same for the other with the R, ignore grounds. So four wires will be needed. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. The speaker shouldn't care if the signal is balanced or not, it just needs something coming in and something going out.


Edited by jodgey4 - 7/9/14 at 6:28pm
post #2220 of 2507
Left and right signals to their respective pin 2s, run the ground to each 1 pin and jumper to the 3 pin.

1 - ground
2 - signal
3 - jumpered ground

Could be wrong but that's what I'd do. And speaker wire wouldn't be a very good choice, IMO.
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