Get thee behind me, CAT5!

mhardy6647

Señor Member
Inspired by a bevy of recent events (plus the very kind gift of some wires from a visitor* this weekend!), I am striving to rid the scourge of CAT5 cabling 🙄 from the big-boy hifi upstairs once and for all.

This morning, the treble horns got they butts re-wired** with Belden 9497.

DSC_4376 (2) by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

The supertweeters'll be a while because there's solder involved... but it will happen. It will.

Also coming up anon -- I actually purchased the pair of Goertz inductors I've been using in my crossovers from their rightful, legal owner this past weekend, so I will be pulling out my much beloved clipleads. I will. Honest. 😐

Anyone need a set of audiophile approved, SET/horn/high sensitivity-friendly clipleads?

😎

DSC_4379 (2) by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

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* ahem, that'd be @Redboy

** I realized after I took and uploaded these photos that the polarity was reversed on both of the flippin' 2441s :/ The polarity of both treble horns' wiring has subsequently been corrected... not sure when I'll update the photos, though. :p

 
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mhardy6647

Señor Member
What are the brackets you used to hold that cap? I'm looking for something to mount the variable resistors on the networks for my Altec's. I like the look of those.

- Woody
Those ECI 20 uF caps were a surplus find at ESS in ManchVegas, NH :) They came with the mounting flange on board. 😎
ESS website: Home
 

kirk57

Junior Member
I am striving to rid the scourge of CAT5 cabling 🙄 from the big-boy hifi upstairs once and for all.
Why scourge?

I still use braided CAT5 speaker cables in the video system, and I have other options. It's 24 AWG. 99%-ish pure copper solid core wire. Heck, the plenum rated stuff even has Teflon insulation!

Was there an issue or are you just embarrassed to use something so cheap? :)
 
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mhardy6647

Señor Member
Mostly the latter :)
It was better than zip cord, sonically (to my ears, at least) when I first started down the fleapower/high sensitivity road.
I get lots of peer pressure from the New England tube gurus, though -- and y'all have an inklin' of the kind of firepower they're rockin'. ;)

Interestingly, none of them are much into boutique storebought 'interconnects' nor speaker cable -- at least not of the Big Name Brand kind. They do tend to use nice quality jacks 'n' plugs, though.
 

MikeyFresh

Moderator
Staff member
Enough small talk, it's high time you ditched those clip leads, break out the soldering iron before someone files a formal protest. :o
 

mred

Senior Member
If nothing more it looks cooler )
I switched from cat5 to to some 12 ga mil spec surplus silver plated copper about a year ago, not any giant sonic leap, but I did feel the sound improved.
Very tidy looking so far, good work.
 

kirk57

Junior Member
I've been running sprinkler timer wire to my Bozaks.
Is that so wrong?
Fine by me. Heck I'm building an amp and so far have used doorbell wire, Bell telephone wire, recycled wire from a Radio Craftsmen RC-10, and some stuff that was lying on the floor of indeterminate origin.
 
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Chops54

Junior Member
I ditched the Cat 5 some time ago. For all the hype, it just didn’t sound good.

Depends how you use it I suppose. I've had it in my system for donkeys years and I've swapped it out three times and three times its ended up back in the system.
 

Try1256

Very Special Member
Depends how you use it I suppose. I've had it in my system for donkeys years and I've swapped it out three times and three times its ended up back in the system.
Different strokes I guess. I did the whole braid thing. It was better than the monster zip it replaced but It was kind of harsh to my ears. The Acoustic Zens are the end game for me. Sound and price.
 

Chops54

Junior Member
There was a penchant at one time for platting several pairs together and then splitting them into two at either end for pos and neg at the amp and speakers. Unfortunately this gave many amplifiers a hard time and they would overheat as I found out so I did it a different way. I platted several pairs together but joined all the separate cores together at either end and that became one leg from amp to speaker. I made two lengths like this and then taped them together side by side and that's I've used for as long as I can remember. When I was installing data cabling I got the stuff for nothing so it seemed daft not to use it.
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
When I was installing data cabling I got the stuff for nothing so it seemed daft not to use it.
Ditto (except someone else was installing the cables and I picked up boxes full of leftover wire :)

If anyone wants some to play with, send me a PM -- US "Lower 48" only, please... that international shipping thing makes me nauseous -- to quote a snippet of @airdronian's signature.
 
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