DIY Cable Questions and Comments Thread

Discussion in 'DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Discussions' started by wje, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. demevalos
    Yes, same idea. You will only need 3 of them for this job though.
  2. Oscar-HiFi
    That's just the picture, it's normal minature starquad with 4 individual cables inside.

    Specs are here:

    I really like it anyway, nice neutral cable
  3. Paladin79
    If you are going to a trs connector you need three connections not four (as in a balanced cable) so it is just a way of using the wire you have. I am not sure of the original wire gauge but any time you double the conductors you are increasing the wire gauge. Two 24 awg wires attached together would give you around 21 awg, there are charts on this so I may be slightly off on the final gauge...I am going from memory.
  4. demevalos
    is there any benefit sound wise by doubling the gauge?
  5. afonsoocosta
    And to do the cable with one paracord 550, i just need to connect 3 cables to the audio jack right?
  6. Paladin79
    You double the wire but the gauge does not double, it usually increases by about 3. The larger the gauge, the more power a wire can handle and the more easily it will pass a signal but I doubt you would hear much volume difference between 21 and 24 awg at say six feet. Use 8 gauge speaker wire compared to say 16 awg and you may notice more of a difference.

    Second question, you can do it that way with the paracord and use the wires you have, or you can strip each wire out of the overall jacket and use just three or four wires if you want. Most often star quad I have seen uses 24 or 26 awg. The lower the number, the larger the wire gauge by the way. 8 awg is huge, 26 or 28 awg is getting fairly small.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2017
  7. afonsoocosta
    List done i think i will go with this,

    two of this:
    one of this
    50 foot of 550 Paracord US Made GSA Compliant - Black to make one black cable
    50 foot of 550 Paracord US Made GSA Compliant - White to make one white cable
    20 ft of

    and i will make them single, not braided them, because it's too expensive to just try to make a cable, maybe after i could make them i make try to do a braided one.

    It that products enought to make the 2 cables? and i have to divide the cable in 4 stripes and use only 3 right?

    Sorry for all the questions, but i dont want to spend like 50$ and the material don't fit to make the cables.

    Thanks for all the help
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2017
  8. demevalos
    I can't see what that last link is (20 ft of...) but it looks good. Do you have any heat shrink also? You can get it pretty cheap on aliexpress, and I think for 550 paracord you'll need at least 4mm heatshrink (somebody correct me if I'm wrong)

    Sorry for that awful link

    What I did for my 550 paracord cable was just left all 4 cables twisted together and threaded that through the paracord together, and then just ignore the 4th cable.
  9. Paladin79
    4 mm heat shrink tubing is pretty small to fit over 550 paracord. a quarter inch paracord is 6.36 mm and that is more the size I would use, or something larger.

    For TRS connectors, 3.5 mm and 1/4 inch you only need three wires, left channel, right channel and a shared ground. Dual entry cables to a balanced connector use four wires, separate grounds.

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