4-Play Braided Interconnect with four wires
Almost every DIY forum has threads discussing the same topic: How can we use UTP (cat-5) cabling in our cable projects. I've seend power cables made of UTP (many parallel), and speaker cable made out of several parallel cables, but I did not yet see many interconnects based on UTP cable.
However, as UTP provides a reliable physical transport for high frequency networking in many critical environments, why would UTP not be suitable for digital or even analog interconnects? The individual 8 wires inside the cable have a small diameter and therefore HF effects such as skin-effects etc. should not play a role in the audio range of signals. On the other hand, many hard-core audiophiles suffer from the same disease: If it ain't expensive, it ain't good. And since UTP cable is dirt cheap (relatively spoken), there is no ground whatsoever to consider these cables in your €10,000 + Hifi setup.
Maybe I should have written this paragraph in a totally different style: Explaining that this interlink is made out of exotic copper with a purity of 99.9999999 % which is made during full moon. Of-course I made the interconnect using fine silver solder of Siltech and a soldering iron with it's own audiophile powercord heated to 290.3 degrees Celcius exactly and blessed by the pope himself.
Anyway, I had the idea of making an interconnect which is super low cost, sounds very well for the money when made yourself will cost you € 7.50 max.
This is how I made the 4Play interconnects:
It sounds simple, and that's probably because it is simple. Only the braiding process itself takes a very long time and is boring work. Looking back it took me probably 3 hours before I completed a pair of interconnects (including connectors etc.) and that's far to long to be economical in any way. Fortunately this is hobby stuff and I do it for fun (duh).
span lang=NL>How does the 4Play sound?
I can be brief here, the sound is very good. For a start I have connected the 4Play to the Pioneer DVD-Audio player that has two line-out for stereo (front channels). The first connector pair was already connected with a vdHul Second interconnect, so the 4play was connected between the second output pair of the player and a free input on the Marantz amplifier.
The first half hour I was, and with me two other listeners, capable of distinguishing the 4Play in 5 of the 6 cases. The other two listeners are music lovers but not audiophiles at all, and had no idea what I was trying to prove. They just noticed differences just like I did.
After that half hour it became increasingly difficult to keep the two interconnects apart. That's a great compliment for the 4play which costs are at least 20 times less than the vdHul. Not a bad result at all, so I'm planning to use this interconnect for alonger time in order to test the results over a longer period of time. Anyway, should I at a later stage have second thoughts about the qualities of the 4Play, I will write it down on this page.
Room for improvement?
There must be. After all I made this project just for fun, from 4 cheap RCA connectors and a loose end of UTP cable. The total costs were less than € 5.00 (I think) for a stereo pair of interconnects. However, when taking labour costs into account it becomes priceless :-) With 4 thin wires it takes hours to get a pair of 1 meter interconnects, and I'm looking for a way to make it faster (or a volunteer to do it for me).
The following things need further study:
I wish you pleasure (/success) when building your own 4Play interconnects.
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