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 Post subject: Re: Speaker cables
PostPosted: October 20th, 2018, 1:00 pm 
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I try to build some for our room.

How long should they be?


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 Post subject: Re: Speaker cables
PostPosted: October 20th, 2018, 1:01 pm 
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SoundMods wrote:
Actually, the 3/8-inch diameter conductor fit into the center pin of the PL-259 perfectly. The center pin with the inserted conductor sucked in the wet solder beautifully. The female PL-259 enabled me to solder pig-tails to feed through the holes in the floor to the respective amp./speaker. Since it was a panel-mount type my floor became the "panel." Should I find something even better I can terminate the un-obtanium cables with PL-259s and simply plug in. No futzing with pig-tails and terminating future pig-tails. Running the cable through the cable-tie suspenders is not my idea of fun especially with all of the crap I have in my basement, but that's the charm of this hobby. It can be work.


Actually, if you're thinking about making a pair for use at CAF, it might make more sense to not terminate the cables in PL-259/N connectors at all, and solder the pig tails directly to the cable. Oh, and just for reference, there's no "female PL-259", it's properly an SO-239...

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 Post subject: Re: Speaker cables
PostPosted: October 20th, 2018, 1:04 pm 
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Roscoe Primrose wrote:
SoundMods wrote:
Actually, the 3/8-inch diameter conductor fit into the center pin of the PL-259 perfectly. The center pin with the inserted conductor sucked in the wet solder beautifully. The female PL-259 enabled me to solder pig-tails to feed through the holes in the floor to the respective amp./speaker. Since it was a panel-mount type my floor became the "panel." Should I find something even better I can terminate the un-obtanium cables with PL-259s and simply plug in. No futzing with pig-tails and terminating future pig-tails. Running the cable through the cable-tie suspenders is not my idea of fun especially with all of the crap I have in my basement, but that's the charm of this hobby. It can be work.


Actually, if you're thinking about making a pair for use at CAF, it might make more sense to not terminate the cables in PL-259/N connectors at all, and solder the pig tails directly to the cable. Oh, and just for reference, there's no "female PL-259", it's properly an SO-239...

Roscoe



I stand corrected. That's a decision I'll make if and when Gary coughs up a room.

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 Post subject: Re: Speaker cables
PostPosted: October 20th, 2018, 1:29 pm 
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mix4fix wrote:
I try to build some for our room.

How long should they be?


I threw together the positive of one side. About six foot with banana plugs.

I was thinking of twisting the positive and negative runs. Will that help? At the very least, I want to do it for the cosmetic purpose.

I should be done to try them out at Tube's house.


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 Post subject: Re: Speaker cables
PostPosted: October 20th, 2018, 2:20 pm 
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mix4fix wrote:
mix4fix wrote:
I try to build some for our room.

How long should they be?


I threw together the positive of one side. About six foot with banana plugs.

I was thinking of twisting the positive and negative runs. Will that help? At the very least, I want to do it for the cosmetic purpose.

I should be done to try them out at Tube's house.


Got one side done. Just need to dress it up.


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 Post subject: Re: Speaker cables
PostPosted: October 20th, 2018, 5:45 pm 
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DIY has a room


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 Post subject: Re: Speaker cables
PostPosted: October 20th, 2018, 5:48 pm 
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For next year?


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 Post subject: Re: Speaker cables
PostPosted: October 20th, 2018, 8:40 pm 
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A little early to tell, might not even be a show next year


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 Post subject: Re: Speaker cables
PostPosted: October 21st, 2018, 12:09 am 
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Why is that?


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 Post subject: Re: Speaker cables
PostPosted: October 21st, 2018, 9:36 am 
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