The best DIY interconnect

January 18, 2019
 by Paul McGowan

3 comments on “The best DIY interconnect”

  1. Hi Paul, actually Mike Myers (hope I spell his name correctly) posted a good article on the PS Audio WEB site for making good interconnects. He used a microphone cable, available on the market. I surely admire people assembling their interconnects, as this potentially allows really high end solutions for reasonable money. But, for the Cables them zelf, go buy some. No way your DIY looks better them even the cheapest machines cable and without proper shielding on I doubt they sound better. There are plenty of choices in on line electronic shops, you certainly will find something that will suit you and sound terrific once you assembled it with your own connects and maybe fitted it with tubing and shielding as shown in the above referred PS Audio article. I work with many cable manufacturers and know how much R&D they put into the seemingly simpelst cable, I do have a lot of respect for them.

  2. Hi Paul,
    If I understood correctly, you suggest using gauge 18 wires but I wonder what you would recommend in terms of material for both the wires and the connectors (Copper, Silver, Gold, Rodhium,etc.)
    Also, would the same concept of spacing single wires with masking tape work to build a balanced XLR cable?
    Thanks!

    1. Yes, you can certainly build XLR cables in this same way. The cables we use in our reference system are unshielded XLR that are built (essentially) in the same way though they use thin strips of copper instead of stranded wire.

      Materials matter, but it's not easy to say what's better. Most of my cables are copper but a few are silver.

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