How to build a Great Interconnect


#1

For those who want to have a perfect interconnect for less money.

I got this concept from my dealer.

These cords are build with Furutech Rodium connectors, teflon coated high grade copper wires, cotton, screening and finish.

The first moments with these cords were terrible and it was hard to listen and to kep them in the system longer than an hour. After 2 hours I thought I was getting used to them, but after a few more hours I was actualy going to like them. Now with only a day burn in hours these interconnects are the best I ever heard. My formal interconnects were Kimber KS1136, Audioquest SKY and Van the Hull Rock. The first two are both silver interconnects and cost around 3000€ a pair. The rock is a non metal pair and cost around 500€. When I have to quess the price of the home build interconnects I would easily quess between 5 and 10000€

The sound. Very very neutral breath taking voices, perfect placing of instrument, Perfect low frequencies, the blackness (rest) is far better. etc.

I have build a balanced pair a single ended pair and 2 pairs of loudspeaker cables one cord for + and one for -. The loudspeaker cables were great from the first second.

enjoy the pictures of the balanced pair. They aint in the right order.

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#2

Looks like fun.

I would love to try some too.

Any specs or suppliers for the wires?


#3

Is there still a draft version saved.

I spend 20 minutes gathering specs and busy with the third cable.


#4

did they disappear?

For some reason the unsaved posts can disappear and is certainly frustration if they contained a lot or detailed content. This has been mentioned in the comments thread but as yet not feed back other than using a text editor and re-pasting to the forum when finished. This is, of course a silly solution.

Alternatively a right click and occasional copy seems to keep a long post mostly saveable.


#5
wijnand said For those who want to have a perfect interconnect for less money.
You sir, have talent! 77_gif

#6

@Mikey

He sure sold me.

Perhaps we can put in a bulk CDN order?


#7

I have made many, many interconnects with excellent success.

An excellent supplier is Redco Audio.


#8

Thanks Guys. I will post the specs soon. I have a few busy day’s comming.

A link to the website where I bought the wires. Triple M audio shop

http://triplemaudioshop.nl/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&view=category&virtuemart_category_id=87&Itemid=151


#9
gordon said @Mikey

He sure sold me.

Perhaps we can put in a bulk CDN order?


Since the Loonie is kinda low these days, maybe we can entice him with a dozen beaver tails and a bottle of schreech.giggle_gif

#10

How are you dealing with the outer copper shield? Are you connecting it? On both ends?


#11

No the shield is only connected at the source side. Not to the ground pin but to the connector metal. It could be to the ground pin as well, but I think it’s better when it is connected to the metal for better loosing higher frequencie noise.


#12

The specs

The Balanced Interconnect 1 meter

3 colors Pink Faun 0,33mm2 or 22AWG 8 meter per color. Coton 6mm 6,5 meter. Braid schielding 36x10 / 0,15 pure copper 6,5 meter. Finish sleeving black 14 t/m 26mm type 20 2,5 meter. Furutech FP-601M Rhodium and FP-602F Rhodium 2 sets. Do not use the carbon XLR connectors they are more difficult to connect.

Per Interconnect push 4 pink faun wires of the same color trough the cotton for the hot signaL Repeat for the cold and the ground signal. Use isolation tape to hold the cotton on place at both ends. Copper shielding around every coton the shields must be connected to the source site connector. It may not touch the other connector to prevent earth loops. Use islolation tape on the end of the schielding keep it thin. Finish around the cable and solder the connectors on both ends. Used time is 3 hours. Material around 600€ when using the Rhodium connectors

The Unbalanced Interconnect 1 meter

2 colors Pink Faun 0,33mm2 or 22AWG 8 meter per color. Coton 6mm 2 meter. Braid schielding 36x10 / 0,15 pure copper 2,2 meter. Finish sleeving black 10 t/m 20mm type 15 2,2 meter. Furutech CF-102 Rhodium 2 sets.

Per interconnect Push 4 red pink faun wires through the cotton. Use 4 black wires and twist 5 times a meter around the cotton. Use isolation tape to hold the cotton on place at both ends. Copper shielding around every coton the shields must be connected to the source site connector. Use islolation tape on the end of the schielding keep it thin. Finish around the cable and srew the connectors on both ends. Used time is 2,5 hours. Material around 500€ when using the Rhodium connectors. This time the carbon connectors are easy to connect.

The loudspeaker cables will follow soon!

Good luck!!!


#13

you may want to add a strong outlined underlined observe to position the plug sleves on the wire before soldering. I know that I created this error many periods developing mic wires. XLR’s don’t perform at all without their situations . Also I discover using heatshrink at the wire to plug position, it creates the wire look a little more "finished. i think you can use any best custom essay writing service to get more idea about the topic


#14
kimberlysanchez said . . . position the plug sleves on the wire before soldering.
An excellent reminder. Everyone who makes cables has probably forgotten this at some point.

#15
wijnand said

The loudspeaker cables will follow soon!

Good luck!!!

Hi Wijnand,

do you have build the loudspeakercables at all?

?..and can you say how You get the wires through the cotton?

my hands are not good for doing this…the longer the cable so higher the difficultiness…


#16
wijnand said For those who want to have a perfect interconnect for less money.
Wow, I'm impressed.

I wouldn’t have thought home solutions could go anywhere near approach bought solutions, before adjusting for the personal satisfaction and the cost saving (ignoring time…).

Cannot wait to hear about the speaker cable.


#17

Hi Sascha,

Yes I’ve build the loudspeaker cables. Indeed it is difficult to get the wires through the cotton, it took me about 5 hours to build a set of 2,5 meters. The trick is to put a sticky tape on the top of the 5,3mm2 wire and tape the 1,3mm2 15cm further on the 5,3mm2. Use little and thin tape like normal transparant tape. Now you can push the wires cm by cm through the cotton. Do not stretch the cotton to often, but every 30cm or so.

See the picture on top of the thread hear is a picture of a XLR but you can see the thin sticky tapes on top of the wires.

Do not forget the screen of both the hot and cold per loudspeaker need to be connected together on the amp side. Both screens must be connected on the cold (black) connector of the amp. I will post a picture tonight.

@Green Machine, Thanks it is realy worth the effort. The loudspeaker cables outperformed my Kimbers KS3033, but the RCA and the XLR’s are the real killers!


#18

@wijnand:

o- what do you use for soldering?

o- any particular reasons why you use Furutech and not, say, WBT or Oyaide?

o- did you try only cotton insulation instead of teflon + cotton? E.g. bare mono wire in a separate cotton hose. Very close to “air insulation”, but I’m not sure if it’s going to work if the humidity is high, though.


#19

Hi Alekz

I use normal tin lead 40/60 (never use silver you can always hear when copper is solderd with silver (the sound will became a bit thinner and indistinct)).

I think you can reach the same results with other brands. The most important thing is to use high grade connectors and easy connectable.

Yes I have tried only cotton, but not as insulation. The high grade copper is teflon coated. You could try linen I know it is possible to get good results, but the sound will become a bit thinner, and very clear.

Never twist the copper wires in your cables to prevent your cables to become inductive. Only the RCA cables as bescribed above gets a few twists four or five a meter in the cold wires for the flexiblity of the interconect.

Regards,

Wijnand


#20

The pictures of the speaker cables see screen connection on the amp side!WP_20150501_012.jpgWP_20150501_007.jpg