Cat 5 cable is a very popular cable to make DIY speaker cables. Cat 5 cable, sometimes called ethernet cable, is a cable consisting of four pairs of 24-gauge twisted copper wires. This twisting of the wires cancels out any noise, making Cat 5 an ideal cable to use to make speaker cables. There are many versions of Cat 5 cable with the difference being the number of cat5 cables used for each pair of speaker cables. The version below will use 12 Cat 5 cables for each speaker cable pair.
Things You'll Need
- Cat 5 cable
- 4 banana plug cable terminals
- Wire stripper tool
How to Make Cat5 Speaker Cables
Cut 12-pieces of Cat 5 cable to 1.2 times the desired length of your speaker cables.
Take six of the Cat 5 speaker cables and pair them up into three sections.
Braid the three pairs of Cat 5 cables from end to end.
Wrap each braided end in tape to avoid the braids from loosening.
Remove 1 inch of the outer sleeves from both ends of all the Cat 5 cables.
Twist all of the exposed white cables together and all of the colored cables together on both ends of the braided line.
Terminate both twisted white lines and both twisted colored lines with banana plugs.
Repeat steps two through seven for the other speaker cable.
Tips & Warnings
- You can terminate the ends with other terminals besides banana plugs to fit your speakers and stereo system.
- Make sure to cut the Cat 5 cables to 1.2 times the length of your desired speaker cables to compensate for the braiding.
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