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  • 14/4 SOOW into NL4

    damn. i just made two of these cables, and it wasnt easy. took me 90 minutes from spool to two cables.

    i would have preferred 14/4 SJOOW but i couldnt source any locally.

    anyway, the 14/4 SOOW is as big of wire that will fit into the blue collar of an NL4. i heat shrink tubed my name and lenght of wire and the blue collar wouldnt slip over the shrink tube even after i had shrunk it.

    i had to fish the wires around funny on one side of each cable. it wasnt easy.

    i'm going to lay the wires out on cement tomorrow if it is nice and hot. they got a little spool left to'em
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    I agree the SOOW is a PITA to work with. We have a bunch of edison extension cords that are 12/3 SOOW and it's like having a fire hose laying across the stage (they can be a trip hazzard).
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    • #3
      damn. i just made two of these cables, and it wasnt easy. took me 90 minutes from spool to two cables.

      i would have preferred 14/4 SJOOW but i couldnt source any locally.

      anyway, the 14/4 SOOW is as big of wire that will fit into the blue collar of an NL4. i shrink shrink tubed my name and lenght of wire and the blue collar would slip over the shrink tube even after i had shrunk it.

      i had to fish the wires around funny on one side of each cable. it wasnt easy.

      i'm going to lay the wires out on cement tomorrow if it is nice and hot. they got a little spool left to'em



      Hahaha, my NL-4s are made with 12/4 SOOW. Now THAT was a PITA.

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      • #4
        I have loads of 10-3 SOOW AC cables and never have any issues with them laying correctly on stage

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        • #5
          Hahaha, my NL-4s are made with 12/4 SOOW. Now THAT was a PITA.


          wow. how the hell did you do that? vaseline and a shoe horn?
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          • #6
            wow. how the hell did you do that? vaseline and a shoe horn?


            The first ones were tough, so I ended up opening the hole in the rear with a step bit, and it worked fine. The will most assuredly never come apart.

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            • #7

              i had to fish the wires around funny on one side of each cable. it wasnt easy.

              Here's one fairly "easy" way to do that (with 4 conductor into NL4 ends):

              Assemble the conductors straight into the termination sockets of one of the NL4 ends on one end of the cable. On the other end, assemble the two positive conductors into their respective sockets first. Then twist the NL4 end 180 degrees relative to the cable, and then assemble the negative conductors into their respective sockets.

              Here's another way:

              http://www.audiopile.net/Technical_Library/Speakon_cable_assembly_method.doc

              Also, I've found NL4FC ends will accomodate a larger jacket OD cable than what NL4FX ends will accomodate.

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              • #8
                mark, i was able to do that on 3 of the 4 ends. for some reason the 4th end i had to fish the green wire through the black and white wire rather than around it (when i do as you described, the black and white wires are straight and the green and rede wires go around the black and white wires.) it was just situated in the cable just so that it wouldnt cooperate. i may take this one apart and reinvestigate it later as i cannot understand (today) how it could be so different.

                i got'em baking on concrete right now, surpingly its just the ends of the cables that arent behaving. the middle sections are straight and flat. ( i unspooled them correctly this time )
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                • #9
                  i may take this one apart and reinvestigate it later as i cannot understand (today) how it could be so different.

                  shoot me some pics if you'd like:

                  m.hellinger@audiopile.net

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