How to Make Cat 5 Speaker Cable

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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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