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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    1. Cat6 is stable to higher frequencies for data transmission. Basically it's better quality shielding. They are essentially interchangeable, but as I said, cat6 is capable of carrying higher speed...
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    Ok, so after confirming the speaker wire and connections of that Klipsch set you linked, I can honestly say YES, cat5 speaker wire will make a difference for you.
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    Let me check into that speaker combo for you, I'll post a reply ASAP. :)
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    I dont think you'll see any benefit for a subwoofer, in fact this might even have the opposite effect in a low freq, high power application.

    I would say for subs, go with regular 10-12awg speaker...
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p176/lukifer122/Image020.jpg

    Even easier than you thought!

    Using the twisted pair method, you would use one tp for the left channel, and one for the right...
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    I'm just uploading a pic to my photobucket account right now.. I'll post one in a few mins. :)
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    I should clarify something else also:

    - I refer to a piece of cat5 as a "strand"
    - I refer to the wire inside of the cat5 as "twisted pairs", and there are 4 "twisted pairs" in each "strand" of...
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    Yes, thats correct. If we are talking RCA's still though, I would still suggest trying the single strand first, as its much easier, and I felt sounded much nicer, with a bit more mid-low punch than...
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    :D

    The single twisted pair is actually the easiest, since all you are doing is splitting open a cat5, and taking out one pair of twisted wires. (Blue/white for example) Solder ends onto it, and...
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    I'll make some up for you for free if you want, I have 8000' of cat5 here (reclaimed from building upgrade) so I can spare some. :D You just pay for shipping, and it's yours. :D

    Sorry for the slow...
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    Yes, this method (braiding) will work for RCAs, but dont do it! I tried it, and found that the capacitance was too high, and the sound output was.. strangely affected.

    If you want to make RCAs,...
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    If you do try it, you may find that the wire clips wont accept wire this size. I had to do some serious twisting/crushing with pliers to get the ends of the wire into the clips on the speakers....
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    Heres the office.. it's cleaner now, I swear!

    http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p176/lukifer122/IMG_0031.jpg

    A bit clearer shot of the desktop..
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    Haha.. fair enough. Pics on the way!
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    OK, I know that this is a computer forum, but I had to scrap the computer from this setup for playback.

    I've replaced the laptop + M-Audio external soundcard with a PSX. Yes, an old school grey...
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    OK, just made a set of interconnects also from Cat5.

    I cut 2 lengths of around 2 ft, and removed the twisted pairs from the casing. I then removed the brown/brown white pairs from each, and...
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    I chose 6 strands (3 per side) for simplicity. Braiding 3 is easy.. 4 is harder. Plus, with 3 strands (total of 12 pairs of wire) I ended up with a final wire of about 12awg, which is the same as the...
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    *update*

    Missed out on the speakers on Ebay.. dammit.. someone put a proxy bid of $350 USD. I only went to $150 USD, then stopped.. I could probably build those speakers for less than that. :P
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    Hands down winners over the Monster Cable (Big-100) speaker wire. :D :D :D

    Bass was deeper and louder, highs were clearer, and the whole soundstage was wider.
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    *update*

    After playing these wires for several hours last night, and 2 hours so far today, I'm still in love with them. Apparently, Cat5 speaker wire takes some time to "break in" before it sounds...
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    Re: A good use for old Cat5!

    I'm gonna put this up against some monster cables tonight, and this weekend I'll try to get it tested against some Kimbers... nothing like beating $500+ speaker wire with old Cat5. :D
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    A good use for old Cat5!

    Good afternoon everyone!

    I'm way too happy for a Thursday afternoon, but I have a good excuse. As I sat in my office today, listening to music while I work (as I often do.. and I'm sure you do...
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