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RCA making supplies?

Posted: 24 Nov 2019 21:50
by Bob257
Where can I find the material to attempt my own RCA cables? Wire, ends, silver solder etc.

Re: RCA making supplies?

Posted: 24 Nov 2019 23:08
by BoblK
Parts Express near Dayton Ohio. Google it.

Re: RCA making supplies?

Posted: 25 Nov 2019 01:29
by pivot
Order Belden 89259 cable from Blue Jeans cable:

https://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/sh ... /89259.htm

Get Switchcraft gold connectors from Markertek:

https://www.markertek.com/product/sw350 ... JQQAvD_BwE

You can spend more on cable and connectors but don't think you will do better.

Right angle switchcraft are good if you have a tight space to fit the cable:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/ ... DkQAvD_BwE

Re: RCA making supplies?

Posted: 26 Nov 2019 15:09
by rewfew
I second Parts Express. https://www.parts-express.com/ Wide selection of 'reasonably' priced cable and connectors, solder, soldering irons. Everything from one place.

Re: RCA making supplies?

Posted: 26 Nov 2019 19:54
by lenjack
I second Blue Jeans Cable.

Re: RCA making supplies?

Posted: 27 Nov 2019 04:26
by jdjohn
I can recommend a DIY kit from Douglas Connection here: https://douglasconnection.com/products/ ... ct-cables/ Choose Alpha or Bravo depending on your budget. In addition to cable and RCA plugs, the kit includes Cardas silver solder and heat shrink tubing. Doug is great to deal with. Instructions are included, and you can email him directly with any questions. Of course you shop a la carte as well and pick higher quality cable and plugs if you want.

Re: RCA making supplies?

Posted: 03 Dec 2019 12:04
by AudioFeline
I like the Neutrik/Rean RCA plugs and sockets - excellent quality without exorbitant price.
There are lots of cable options, Blue Jeans (Belden) is well-regarded by many while others think there are better cable options.

Re: RCA making supplies?

Posted: 03 Dec 2019 12:36
by johnnywalker
A good source for Neutrik Rean RCA connectors, as well as Cardas cable, is kabusa.com. (I use Neutrik Rean connectors and Mogami W2528 cable quite satisfactorily.)

Re: RCA making supplies?

Posted: 03 Dec 2019 15:12
by Analogcd
I've been making cables for well over four decades for both residential and commercial installation purposes. Your question requires research to make educated choices. Read up on cable mechanics before selecting your preferred wire. Specifically, study manufacturer's data regarding strands, shield types, jacket materials and flexibility. Cables for consumer use and fixed installations differ greatly from those for portable applications. Connector offerings run the range from cheap throwaways to high-end boutique (hyped) designs providing obscure and inferred benefits. Make sure you consider the basics: how long is a cable assembly expected to last and whether it will be plugged in rarely or often. Note too that wires fished through raceways, chases and cavities require additional considerations with regard to safety and environmental tolerances. Most all brands and options can be sourced from Digikey, Newark and Mouser. Digikey has some of the fastest order processing available and their technical resources are stellar. Solder, flux and soldering tools are also offered by the vendors mentioned. In my experiences, only a half-dozen times was silver solder required, its necessity is rare.