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CAT-5 Cable for DIY RCA?

post #1 of 9
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Quick question... Is cat-5 cable a good choice for DIY RCA?

 

I need to make a one-in 3 out "Y" cable to distribute my line out to 3x different amps.

 

thanks!!

post #2 of 9
Thread Starter 

Oops I meant to post this in the DIY section.

post #3 of 9

yups post this in D I Y  thread. but if the answer good or not maybe for chip price is good. thanks.

post #4 of 9

While the question never made it to the DIY section, the answer is:

The electrical qualities for a good RCA unbalanced analog audio interconnect are:

 

a]  Low end to end resistance of the shield/return.

b]  Good interference shielding.

c] For longer cables, reasonable capacitance.

 

So a Cat5 cables fails on points 'A' & 'B'.

 

Stick with a coax cable with a heavy braided shield.

post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by Speedskater View Post
 

While the question never made it to the DIY section, the answer is:

The electrical qualities for a good RCA unbalanced analog audio interconnect are:

 

a]  Low end to end resistance of the shield/return.

b]  Good interference shielding.

c] For longer cables, reasonable capacitance.

 

So a Cat5 cables fails on points 'A' & 'B'.

 

Stick with a coax cable with a heavy braided shield.

yess... cat-5 doest have shielding. the best signal cable is have shield.

post #6 of 9

Ive built tons of custom RCA cables. Mostly for car audio applications with Neutrik ends. Cat5E cables work fine in a car audio environment were there is almost always more interference with signal than in a home application.

post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by whitedragon551 View Post
 

Ive built tons of custom RCA cables. Mostly for car audio applications with Neutrik ends. Cat5E cables work fine in a car audio environment were there is almost always more interference with signal than in a home application.

hi whitedragon551. i have some question for Cat5 cable. how lenght cable did you have to make for car audio? and how long have you use for. cause i'm still do not dare use cat5 for long time.

post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by realkandar View Post
 

hi whitedragon551. i have some question for Cat5 cable. how lenght cable did you have to make for car audio? and how long have you use for. cause i'm still do not dare use cat5 for long time.

I made 20' cables and used them for a over 6 months.

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by whitedragon551 View Post
 

I made 20' cables and used them for a over 6 months.

thankyou whitedragon. i love cheap cable with good quality. now my set-up much using sata cable. :-)

can you help me with my other question. talking about lod to usb.

i have a little confused about lod with capacitor and resistor. if you have link from headfi thread talking about diy lod. can you send my the link.

thank you :-)

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