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    Icon32 Making RCA cables from Category 5 cable

    Has anyone ever tried making any RCA cables from Category 5 Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) or Shielded Twisted Pair (STP)?

    I've been thinking about RCA cables, and it seems that Cat 5 cable would make a good cable, especially the STP. You could even wrap another layer of shielding around the outside of the cable or something to further protect it.

    Good idea? I want some feedback on this idea.







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    I don't know about UTP, but STP is generally fairly stiff and difficult to work with, isn't it? Not sure you would want something that stiff in a car audio application.



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    Ok, I've heard conflicting views on this. But to the best of my knowledge, shielded signal cables are NOT advantageous in car audio. Unshielded Cat 5 rca cables have been shown to make very good signal cables. It is generally suggested to use a hand drill to twist the wire b4 attaching the rca ends.




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    Did it, Done it, Doing it again right now- Like it!

    Just bought 100ft of CAT 5 to completely abuse.

    Just to warn you though, you have to braid the twisted pairs to achieve the best possible results. - This can be extensively time consuming- as well as frustrating.

    However, the cost and functionability is where it all pays off.

    They work just as well, if not better than name brand cable- only inductance wise.
    -there will be no audible difference.

    Still- 6 ft CAT 5 - approximately $.50-.75
    Two end connectors- $2.00

    total cost $2.50-2.75

    Manufacturers Price - $7.95

    Savings $5.45- 5.20

    Go for it.

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    Forgetting to add a few points of interest to this---->

    http://www.geocities.com/venhaus1/diycatfivecables.html

    http://forum.soundillusions.net/show...Cable+Endeavor

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