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$0.17/ft at markertek Gepco 72401EZ 2 Cond 24 Ga Twisted Pair Audio Cable - Black - Per Foot

$3.40 at markertek Canare F-09 Narrow Profile RCA Plug

$4.97 at markertek Canare F-12 Mini Phone TRS Audio Line Plug

$4.22 at markertek Neutrik NF2D-B-0 RCA Panel Mount Jack w/Colored Isolation Washer Black

$4.22 at markertek Neutrik NF2D-B-2 RCA Panel Mount Jack w/Colored Isolation Washer - Red

youtube showmecables - 3.5mm Canare Stereo Connector - DIY Project to Repair Your Audio Cable

youtube DIYChrisMike - DIY Mike iPod to Home Stereo Cable w/3.5mm to dual RCA plugs


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Seen on ebay - 5 feet stranded 30 AWG Silver Teflon Wire Yellow White RCA Audio/Video Connectors

Hobby Engineering

Hook-Up Wire 26 AWG

  • H04425-01Y
  • Hook-Up Wire 26 AWG
  • Stranded Gray
  • (25’ Spool)
  • $2.79

Stranded copper hookup wire for general wiring that may be subject to repeated vibration or flexing that can lead to breaks in solid wire. The wire consists of 7 strands of 34ga wire. Each strand is individually tinned to minimize oxidation and ease soldering without reducing flexibility. PVC insulation rated to 300v. Maximum recommended current 2.2A. UL style 1007. Outside diameter .051”.


Insulated Wire 34 AWG

  • UAA3201
  • Insulated Wire 32 AWG
  • 1x32 AWG
  • $0.30 / ft

  • UBA3219
  • Insulated Wire 32 AWG
  • 19x44 AWG
  • $0.42 / ft

Priced Per Foot. Weight:0.00 Regular Price: $0.44 Micron’s Web Price: $0.42

Insulated Wire 34 AWG

  • UAA3401
  • Insulated Wire 34 AWG
  • 1x34 AWG
  • $0.29 / ft

  • UAA3407
  • Insulated Wire 34 AWG
  • 7x42 AWG
  • $0.34 / ft


Digikey - Alpha Wire - 5851 RD005

  • $72.00 / 100 ft.
  • Wire Gauge 30 AWG
  • Conductor Strand 7/38
  • Conductor Material Copper, Silver Coated
  • Jacket (Insulation) Material Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)
  • Jacket (Insulation) Diameter 0.032” (0.81mm)
  • Jacket (Insulation) Thickness 0.010” (0.25mm)
  • Length 100’ (30.5m)

Digikey - Alpha Wire - 3047 BK005 - 30awg PTFE insulation - 100ft.

$37.44 / 100 ft



Perfect for bread-boarding, free wiring, etc. This box contains 6 spools of solid-core wire. The wire is easy to solder to and when bent it keeps its shape pretty well. We like to have a few spools of this stuff around which is why this set is quite nice! We suggest picking up wire strippers to match. Wire gauge is 22 AWG which we’ve found is the best all-around gauge, it works best with breadboards and perfboards but also fits in terminal blocks nicely

This box has a wooden dowel rod to hold the spools in place and let them spin, and there are little punch-outs you can pass the wire through so its it’ll stay nice organized.

MCM Electronics

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For TS I use Gepco GLC20, and for TRS I use Gepco X-Band XB201M. Can’t forget the switchcraft 280 and 297 connectors either!

Belden 8410 for TS, Belden 8412 for TRS/XLR

Canare L4E6S and Neutrik connectors for for internal rack wiring.

Galco has nice wire lookup

Canare Star Quad Microphone Cable (L-4E6S / L-4E5C)

L-4E6S The premier Star Quad cable for all handheld microphone applications. Flexible, satin smooth to the touch and extra strong, this standard diameter, 21 AWG cable fits perfectly in all XLR-type audio connectors. Forty separate strands in each conductor eliminate breakage due to flexing. Available in 10 beautiful matte finish color jackets.

L-4E5C A narrow profile version of L-4E6S. Specifically designed to save space and reduce weight during remote field expeditions or confining installations.

$0.55 / ft

Highest signal isolation, unbelievable flexibility and durability. Special no-glare cable jacket. Used by America’s leading soundmen and audio engineers. The first choice for hand-held microphones.

Flexible, smooth to the touch, extra-strong standard diameter (21 AWG) STAR QUAD cable that fits perfectly in all XLR-type connectors. With 40 separate strands in each conductor, breakage due to flexing is all but eliminated. Available Colors: Black, Blue, Brown, Grey, Green, Purple, Orange, Red, Yellow, White. Sold Per Foot or by the roll. Quantity Discounts Apply, Please Call For Pricing !!


  • Microphones
  • Portable Applications
  • Audio Rack Wiring
  • PA Systems
  • Audio Patch Cords


  • Braided Copper Shield
  • Flexible in Extreme Cold Weather
  • Cross Linked PE Insulation
  • Reduced Handling Noise
  • Rejects EMI and RFI
  • 10 Matte Color Jacket Selections

Canare GS-4 Instrument Cable

  • Guitar / Keyboard / Instrument Cable
  • Model Number
  • GS-4

Miniature size 22 AWG version of GS-6. Good choice for short run unbalanced audio interconnects and general instrumentation cables.

Canare GS-4 Guitar / Keyboard / instrument Cable

Canare L-2B2AT

  • Two-Conductor Shielded Cables (Single) Aluminum Foil Shield (L-2B2AT)

L-2B2AT Canare’s thinnest profile audio hookup wire. Amazingly flexible, with 100% foil shield, drain wire and PVC jacket that strips easily for rapid assembly. Suitable for large cable harness bundles, mixing consoles, tape machines and inner-rack wiring.

Mogami W2330 Interconnect Wire

$0.59 / ft.

The Mogami name is synonymous with high quality and is used worldwide in the best recording studios. With a diameter of only 3mm / 0.118 inches, this cable was designed for excellent sound in a compact package. Using high purity copper shielding ensures very low noise, while the high purity copper center conductor conveys ultimate tone. Special nylon tensile strengtheners inside the conductor yield mechanical strength that is much higher than any comparable diameter cable. The cross-linked polyethylene dielectric is heat resistant and will not shrink as quickly as pvc. If you want the best wire to go from your front panel controls to your preamp tubes, then this is it. Another cool aspect of this cable is it uses low noise cross link poly insulation, so is relatively non microphonic in high impedance circuits…like tube amps.

  • Part No.: W2330
  • No. of Conductor: 1
  • Conductor Size(mm2): 0.08mm2(#28 AWG)
  • Insulation Material: LNXLPE (Low Noise Cross - Linked polyethylene)
  • Insulation Color: Clear
  • Jacket Ov. Dia.(mm): 3.0Ø (0.118”)
  • Jacket Material: Flexible PVC
  • Jacket Color: Black

Gepco - Single & Dual-pair: 22 Gage

Industry standard balanced audio cable for permanent installation. Stranded tinned-copper conductors are easy to solder or punch-down. A high grade polyethylene dielectric is used to minimize high frequency attenuation, while excellent process control and tight pair twisting achieves superior noise rejection. Foil shield with same gage drain wire facilitates quick shield termination. Twentytwo gage conductors offer the lowest DCR available in any Gepco single-pair product. Ideal for punch-down, rack wiring, and extended distance runs of mic level signals.

Gepco - Single & Dual-pair: 24 Gage

72401EZ 1 24 AWG (7X32) Stranded

Thin profile, balanced audio cable for applications that require a reduced diameter and/or weight. Stranded tinned-copper conductors are easy to solder or punch-down. A high-quality polyethylene insulation minimizes cable capacitance in conjunction with excellent process control and tight twisting for superior noise rejection. Foil shield with same gage drain wire facilitates quick shield termination. Twenty-four gage conductors are easier to terminate while still maintaining low DCR. Ideal for patchbay wiring or mobile production trucks.


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Amphenol T Series 1/4” plugs

Switchcraft 3.5mm plugs

Amphenol 3.5mm Plug

Amphenol RCA plug

Parts Express has colors: red black white yellow

Switchcraft 2 conductor 1/4” commercial plugs

Switchcraft 3 conductor 1/4” commercial plugs

Switchcraft straight RCA plugs

Neutrik PX Series 1/4 inch plugs

The heavy duty professional phone plug series improves on the design of the existing C series by offering the thinnest available A-gauge 1/4” plug with unique Neutrik chuck type strain relief on the market. The slimline shell with a width of 14.5 mm meets the most recent requirements for highest density jackfields (15.88mm jack pitch).

The precise machined one-piece tip contact without rivets makes it unique and avoids hook up in a socket or break off the tip.

The Plug X Series serves all applications such as guitar applications, audio cables, snakes, speakers, amplifiers and mixing desks.

PartsExpress - Neutrik NP2X Plug 1/4” Mono Nickel/Silver - $2.95–092-316

PartsExpress - Neutrik NP2X-BAG Plug 1/4” Mono Black/Silver - $2.95–092-318

PartsExpress - Neutrik NP2X-B Plug 1/4” Mono Black/Gold - $3.29–092-317

PartsExpress - Neutrik NP2C/B 1/4” Mono Plug Black with Gold Plug - $3.58–092-107

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Todd Krieger on 75 ohm BNC post

A 75-ohm BNC jack looks like this…… Note the absence of dielectric around the female pin.

DSL / Phone Telephone Connection and RJ11 Wiring

Tip and Ring

Tip and ring is a term still used today and can still be seen today but originated in the early days of telephony. Back when phone networks started there was a human being operator instead of a machine. The operator would receive a call from someone within the network they were directly connected to then connect that call to a different network. The operator had two plugs to connect the phone cable called the tip and the ring, much like how there are two connections on a modern day RJ11, the tip was the grounding cable and the ring carried the voltage. Today we have routers and switches that do the job of the original human operator.

RJ11 Jack Wiring

The 6 wires in a RJ11 connector are divided into 3 pairs: the first is striped blue and white, the second is orange and white, and the third pair is green and white. The combination of these wires usually carries data or voice. A single-phone line uses only one pair of wires. A two-telephone line uses two pairs, and the third pair of wires could be used for a third line. Most dial-up computer modems are typically plugged into a RJ11 jack, whether for Internet connection or a local area network. RJ11 jacks are typically used for fax, modem, and telephone. A RJ11 plug can also be plugged into a RJ45 jack. How to Wire a Phone Jack (Voice or Telephone RJ-11 thru RJ-14) What is the order of colors for an RJ11 cable

The correct order is Black, Red, Green, Yellow. It’s important to remember that RJ11 has 6 pins, and you are using the middle four. How to Wire a Phone Jack

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