If I wanted to make my own speaker cables, is this a good choice for wire?


https://www.partsconnexion.com/DUELUND-86376.html

Duelund Dual DCA16GA 2x16 awg, Tin-plated, Stranded Copper, Oiled Cotton Speaker/Interconnect Cable

 

I'm thinking this wire and adding some quality banana plugs or RCA connectors to make interconnects.  Is 2x16 enough or should I double up?  Is shielding an issue?  Thanks!

tubeguy76

@auroravengeance 

Thanks for the suggestions, the Nanotec Golden Strada looks interesting.  I did a quick search and yeah, they appear to be hard to get.

Canare Star-Quad Speaker Cable.

https://www.markertek.com/product/4s11ft-bk/canare-4s11-star-quad-14awg-4-conductor-speaker-cable-black-per-foot

terminate with some good quality ends as needed

spending any more on cables is a waste of money. The high end cable companies have duped most audiophiles into believing they need to spend big $$ to get good cables. One of the biggest scams ever perpetrated on the ignorant consumer. Use what you save to buy some records, you are welcome

likewise these are excellent line level cables, all you need. Or make your own. You can get the raw cable these are made of from the source above

https://benchmarkmedia.com/collections/all-products/products/benchmark-starquad-analog-xlr-cable

 

 

 

@dekay, I've used the Neotech OCC, for my IC and speakers cables per the Helix DIY noted in a prior posting.  For all of them I used 3 solid strands. Effectively 18 awg for the OCs and 14 awg for my speakers (Wirebarn calculator).  I'm intrigued by your comment concerning gauge and the quality of sound you hear.  Have you made or compared awg gauges to make that determination?  Not questioning, seriously interested.  To be complete, I stripped the insulation and ran thru 3 Teflon tubes of wire+1 awg for approx "air" as dielectric.   Return or neg leads are twisted Neotech OCC in Teflon at +1 gauge to positive side.  Helix configuration. 

akgwhiz:

I've compared single runs of various solid core copper (speaker wire) in gauges ranging from 18 to 26.

Also tried doubling up on some of them.

Early on I had more traditional speakers (Reynaud) and later various vintage wide band drivers ranging from 3" to 12".

My favorite spot is single runs of solid core copper in the 22-26 gauge range with the runs not exceeding 12' (or so) in length.

Interconnect wise I use the 47 Labs wire/connectors though I have experimented with "nude" solid core silver and "lab tube" IC's as you described (single runs for +/).

Nude silver was the best (30 gauge), but using it was too nerve racking.

Lab tube silver was not as good as the 47 Labs stuff.

I prefer the 47 and DIY to all the other commercial cables I've tried.

 

DeKay