Sunday, April 5, 2009

Home Grown Custom Made RCA Interconnects: 1M Length Belden 8408 with Ace Wire RCA Plugs.

A muggy Sunday afternoon with nothing on the agenda, so time to take out the soldering iron and make some more Home Grown Custom Made RCA Interconnects. This time I made two 1M pairs of Belden 8408 with Ace Wire RCA Plugs. The Ace Wire RCA are some of the most beautiful RCA plugs I have seen to date with a Rosewood outer sheath. So am I pleased with end results, you betcha ya, very balanced sound and very high resolution with deep and good bass impact.

What is the Belden 8408 Cable, here below is the manufacturer's description:

Special Application, Brilliance, High Conductivity Copper, Two Conductor Low Impedance Cables, 16 Gauge, stranded (65x34) tinned copper, paper wrap, rubber-insulated, conductors cabled, rayon braid, tinned copper braid shield, 85% shield coverage, cotton wrap, brown outer hypalon jacket - heavy duty, suggested working voltage is 600V RMS, passes VW-1 Vertical Wire Flame Test, 60 deg.C. Color code: Black, White. Hypalon is a DuPont trademark. Belden microphone cable is used for connecting low level microphones or musical instruments. Key properties of microphone (MIC) cable are ruggedness, flexibility, flex life and interference immunity. MIC cable constructions utilize either 1, 2, 3, or 4 conductor configurations. Cable selection depends on whether the MIC or instrument is of a High or Low impedance design. High impedance MICs require unbalanced single conductor (coaxial) cables while Low impedance MICs utilize balanced 2, 3, or 4 conductor (quad) designs. Quad MIC cables are connected by attaching the two white conductors to one pin and two blue conductors to the other pin in a balanced-line XLR type connector. Besides the common-mode rejection of a standard balanced line, this gives common-mode rejection at each pin, greatly reducing noise and interference. High Conductivity Copper - all Belden microphone cables with bare copper conductors utilize only High conductivity copper produced by a process call electrolytic tough pitch. This refining process produces a copper conductor that is 99.95% pure copper resulting in high conductivity per ASTM B115. The high purity obtained from ETP copper results in microphone cable performance that is comparable to that of oxygen free copper cables. Plastic cables recommended for: lower capacitance, lower loss, greater ozone and oil resistance, lighter weight, smaller diameter. Rubber cables recommended for: greater abrasion and impact resistance and extra limpness so the cable will lie flat on stage or on studio floors. Now Some photos of my finished cables:

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