Originally Posted by Stegosaurus
Hey guys. Thanks for all the great Ideas, tips, and suggestions. I picked up some of the suggested solder and a few different tips this past weekend while I was out of town. Im going to play around with making a few basic cables this weekend.
Ill also keep the old soldering iron for the paracord. Thats a great Idea Musicfan!
Speaking of paracord...any suggestions on size?/ or any good sources? Can I just paracord over the rubber cover on the star quad or will I have better results braiding?
You can paracord over star quad or use smaller paracord for individual wires. 550 should be large enough for star quad but it can vary in size between suppliers. 275 is generally the size I use with 24 awg with jacket.
Better results...hmmm. It is probably more eye appealing to do a braid but are the results actually better than if you left the star quad in tact. I have used a lot of both and if you skillfully braid paracord, I doubt you would diminish the sound much compared to the original star quad. You cannot make music sound better than the original recording but you can try to not diminish what you start with. My suggestion would be to braid one using the wires from inside star quad, and then listen to it against the original. If you are equally happy with both results, do whichever one you prefer.
How you perceive sound is fairly subjective after a certain point. I have built headphone cables where I am happier with the result than the original cable and some where I could not tell a difference. Get some star quad, look up four wire braiding, and play around.
Generally speaking if I do a braid, I try to use three wires if going trs to trs, four wires for balanced cables. Generally I use ofc wire but have experimented with Litz, OCC copper and silver, etc.
Edited by Paladin79 - Today at 10:37 am