Braided wire sleeves

I'll start off by saying I'm fairly cheap. I fully well understand and accept the fact that higher quality cabling makes a difference. I just can't bring myself to spend hundreds to thousands of $$$ on interconnect & speaker cables. I use Blue Jean Cable RCA's because I can hear the difference and still afford the quality. Furez cable splitters & copper banana connectors from Douglas Connections. But when it comes to speaker cabling I buy Belden 5T00UP 10 AWG in a 500' box and use it for in-wall & external speaker connections and make my own cables to the lengths I want. What I'd like to find is a good, flexible, colored, braided sleeve that I can put the 10 AWG speaker cables in for a more finished & professional look and more WAF, which has become an issue recently. I would probably finish the ends off with some shrink sleeve. Who out there in Polk Land is doing this and has a good lead on braided sleeve? Thanks
Carver M1.0t, M200t, C2, TX2
Rega Brio, Cambridge 351C, Pro-Ject Acryl TT
Polk SDA 2a's, M7c's w/ full TL upgrade, M4a's
Klipsch KG4's, KG1's
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 39,989
    It's called Techflex and is available all over the net.
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  • msgmsg Posts: 4,197
    Yeah, there's a guy on Ebay named furryletters who has all kinds. That's where I ordered any extra I needed in the fancy colors.

    https://www.ebay.com/str/furryletters
  • decaldecal Posts: 3,051
    msg wrote: »
    Yeah, there's a guy on Ebay named furryletters who has all kinds. That's where I ordered any extra I needed in the fancy colors.

    https://www.ebay.com/str/furryletters

    I've bought from him also. Good seller,fast shipping.
    If you can't hear a difference, don't waste your money.
  • RobbyKYRobbyKY Posts: 32
    Techflex is the answer. I get mine from PartsExpress.
    I like AQ Rocket 88 speaker cables but used the same Belden 10awg for my IC between speakers and dreadnought. AQ sells the raw 88 cable but so far have only found 164' spools of it. At $25/foot, the TechFlex-covered Belden IC is doing fine for now.
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,596
    So this is why nice cables cost so much.

    It must depend on the denomination used in the creation of the inner sleeves. :o
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  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,735
    If you really want to get blingy

    https://www.takefiveaudio.com/products/1465-viablue-big-cable-sleeve/

    I use these on my diy power cords.
    2 channel:
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  • decaldecal Posts: 3,051
    Tony M,
    Those are only used on "George" grade cables, one step above lamp cord.
    They have to be the "Salmon P." grade to be of any significance !!!!!!!! :) :) :)
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,596
    Wow, A guy who wasn't President is on one of our bills? I think.know Lincoln blew out any chance he had when he ran.

    Interesting read! Thanks.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salmon_P._Chase
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,404
    Tony M wrote: »
    Wow, A guy who wasn't President is on one of our bills? I think.know Lincoln blew out any chance he had when he ran.

    Interesting read! Thanks.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salmon_P._Chase

    ummm... President Hamilton?

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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,596
    edited May 24
    I hated History is school. I thought Hamilton was one...Alexander.. Hamilton, the **rd/th President does have a ring to it doesn't it? :D

    You know, I might not be the only one who thought that. :#

    I was looking forward during those years. ;)
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,404
    You just knew he was fated to become a big Broadway star...
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,596
    edited May 24
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    You just knew he was fated to become a big Broadway star...

    At least I knew it didn't ring the bells so I checked my history brain with the web within 1 minute and I was right. I was wrong and I fixed it fast.

    But not fast enough to get by without more criticism from you. :s

    Just proves my point.. historic figures ment nothing to me.

    Spelling wasn't a favorite of mine either. Wednesday...Come on!! I didn't get and still don't!

    When was I going to get new clothes or shoes to wear seemed to be taking up a lot of my thoughts I guess.

    So did you ACE History classes and memorize all Presidents and the Vice Pres.s too?

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,404
    sorry :blush:

    For the record, I try not to bust folks' chops for spelling -- or even punctuation.

    History -- yeah -- I'm a scientist. 'nuff said ;)
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • Yep2Yep2 Posts: 1,125
    edited May 24
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    sorry :blush:

    For the record, I try not to bust folks' chops for spelling -- or even punctuation.

    History -- yeah -- I'm a scientist. 'nuff said ;)

    "Allegedly a Scientist".
    Im still not convinced. Lol :p
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 10,053
    Scientist is a good job. Lots of benefits. :)

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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,596
    edited May 24
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    sorry :blush:

    For the record, I try not to bust folks' chops for spelling -- or even punctuation.

    History -- yeah -- I'm a scientist. 'nuff said ;)

    No problem. :) B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • machonemachone Posts: 971
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    I used Furez from Douglas Connection.

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  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 3,683
    ThomasD wrote: »
    I'll start off by saying I'm fairly cheap. I fully well understand and accept the fact that higher quality cabling makes a difference. I just can't bring myself to spend hundreds to thousands of $$$ on interconnect & speaker cables. I use Blue Jean Cable RCA's because I can hear the difference and still afford the quality. Furez cable splitters & copper banana connectors from Douglas Connections. But when it comes to speaker cabling I buy Belden 5T00UP 10 AWG in a 500' box and use it for in-wall & external speaker connections and make my own cables to the lengths I want. What I'd like to find is a good, flexible, colored, braided sleeve that I can put the 10 AWG speaker cables in for a more finished & professional look and more WAF, which has become an issue recently. I would probably finish the ends off with some shrink sleeve. Who out there in Polk Land is doing this and has a good lead on braided sleeve? Thanks

    You're not spending thousands, but looks like you're doing ok on the cable front. Blue Jean, Doug's, and the Belden are all very good stuff IMO. You could do better, but you could do a lot worse.
    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.-John Wooden
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,596
    edited May 25
    If I saw that behind a stereo rack in a house, I'd ask where the shovel is.

    That's a cool snake-like design. Good job! B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • ThomasDThomasD Posts: 147

    machone wrote: »
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    I used Furez from Douglas Connection.

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    Yep, I've got the Furez TSTWP38NP Bare Copper Banana Connectors. Love them. I just figure if the 10 gauge Belden wire in the walls is good enough for the audio signal, no sense spending a fortune from the jack to the speaker terminal. I do realize most audiophiles probably don't have their speakers very far from their equipment. My equipment sits on one side of the room, speakers on the other. @machone, is that power cord a Douglas Kit or pre-made?
    Carver M1.0t, M200t, C2, TX2
    Rega Brio, Cambridge 351C, Pro-Ject Acryl TT
    Polk SDA 2a's, M7c's w/ full TL upgrade, M4a's
    Klipsch KG4's, KG1's
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 39,989
    Compare those with these. Which one do you think is better?

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  • ThomasDThomasD Posts: 147


    The Furez TST-WP38Ag series Tensioned Split Tube Banana Plug Speaker connectors provide optimized contact pressure with maximized contact area utilizing a patent pending design that truly uses high conductivity copper. Traditional banana plug design relies on the inherent spring force of the copper alloy to provide the required contact pressure to make the banana plug connection. Unfortunately, the copper alloys that have sufficient inherent spring tension also suffer from poor conductivity. Materials like C36000 Brass, C54400 Phosphor Bronze, C17500 Beryllium Copper are the typically used copper alloys and all have low conductivity in the range of 19% to 40% IACS. The simple and effective design approach of the Tensioned Split Tube (TST) Banana allows the connector to be constructed of C14500 Tellurium 93% IACS Copper.
    The Furez Tensioned Split Tube Banana (TST) is designed to provide optimized contact pressure by using a solid elastomeric tensioning element. This tensioning element provides the spring force required to enable the use of softer high conductivity copper. The user does have the ability to reduce or increase the contact pressure by removing and modifying the tensioning element. Cutting the tensioning element shorter will reduce contact pressure.


    Granted this is the Manufactures' Propaganda. I'm not saying these are better than those, just a different technology. My ears noticed an improvement in sound over previous connectors and I found them affordable.
    Carver M1.0t, M200t, C2, TX2
    Rega Brio, Cambridge 351C, Pro-Ject Acryl TT
    Polk SDA 2a's, M7c's w/ full TL upgrade, M4a's
    Klipsch KG4's, KG1's
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 39,989
    They assume only the springs are making contact and on cheap banana plugs that would pretty much be true. The ones from MIT that I posted use 6 long springs for maximum contact as opposed to cheap bananas with 4 short ones. In addition, the rounded end bottoms out inside of the binding post making full contact. That rounded end is connected to a solid metal shaft for maximum conductivity. The fit is extremely tight, inserting or removing takes some effort.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,404
    edited May 25
    Yep2 wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    sorry :blush:

    For the record, I try not to bust folks' chops for spelling -- or even punctuation.

    History -- yeah -- I'm a scientist. 'nuff said ;)

    "Allegedly a Scientist".
    Im still not convinced. Lol :p

    https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=2osr8c0AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

    B)

    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,814
    Tony M wrote: »
    Wow, A guy who wasn't President is on one of our bills?
    Ummmmm.....I think you're forgetting one. :p

    Ben Franklin was a founding father but never an American president.

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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,596
    edited May 25
    NICE!

    I once met a doctor, and upon researching him, I found a similar list of accolades where he did research and design for skeletal joint repair and reconstuction techniques. He fixed my badly broken heel pretty darn well I have to say. :)

    So... :o , did you do research to help diabetics ( type 2) like myself?

    I did recognize a few words in the Titles of your publications. A few... :)

    You've sure spent some time in the laboratory, haven't you? ;) B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,404
    Viking64 wrote: »
    Tony M wrote: »
    Wow, A guy who wasn't President is on one of our bills?
    Ummmmm.....I think you're forgetting one. :p

    Ben Franklin was a founding father but never an American president.

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    derp. Yeah, him, too. :p

    If he'd been POTUS, maybe the turkey would have really been our national symbol instead of those white-headed scavengers ;)

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    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,404
    Tony M wrote: »
    NICE!

    I once met a doctor, and upon researching him, I found a similar list of accolades where he did research and design for skeletal joint repair and reconstuction techniques. He fixed my badly broken heel pretty darn well I have to say. :)

    So... :o , did you do research to help diabetics ( type 2) like myself?

    I did recognize a few words in the Titles of your publications. A few... :)

    You've sure spent some time in the laboratory, haven't you? ;) B)

    Nope, never worked on diabetes myself -- though I know many folks who did (or do).
    Most of my RFT career was devoted to therapeutics for Type A and Type B hemophilias.
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,596
    Thank you for your research and efforts to help others! ;)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,596
    Ben Franklin wasn't a president either?? :o

    God, I'm in presidential knowledge DEEP trouble! :s :#
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
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