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In Reply to: RE: Anybody have any experience with Furutech FT-111 RCA's? posted by bcowen on April 08, 2017 at 06:40:22
You might try folding over the 23 AWG solid core wire to double-up the gauge (20 AWG effective gauge) which will provide more surface area for the set-screw, and keep the wire firmly in place. Simply strip-off twice the amount of insulation from the end of the wire, fold back the exposed wire in half to form a tight loop, then insert the looped wire into the termination area.
Good suggestion, Duster, but I tried that. It just separated and still climbed up the side(s) of the setscrew. With the way it's behaving, the bottom of the setscrew must be rounded (if even slightly), and I thought about pulling the screw out and hitting the bottom with a grinder to be sure it was completely flat. But by then my patience had left the building, and I'd already whipped out the soldering iron and Harmony plugs. Have the completed cables in the cooker now.
I'll hang onto the FT-111's as I'm sure I'll have some other creation with a larger wire to play with in the future.
A twisted pair of VH Audio's 21 AWG solid core OCC copper wire with AirLok dielectric doubled-up would provide 18 AWG effective gauge. The wire could even be flattened a bit with a smooth surface type pair of pliers or a hammer so it stays in place better for the set-screw to grip.
I've been curious what that wire would sound like as an interconnect. I might give it a try after I see what this gold wire sounds like. I'm going to give the assembled I/C's another full day cooking and a day or so to "cool" before I listen to them. Kind of excited to see what happens.
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