Mains Power Cable DIY

I'd like to DIY a main power supply to my system.
I'd like to do this in two or three stages
1st to build a power cable from the wall to my amp
2nd to build a mians distribution for all the gear

And 3rd: I'm waiting to renovate my condo.
At that time I'll have a primary circuit from the panel to stereo run
If anyone can offer their experience and specific details I'd much appreciate it
Currently I'm running an old "gang box" ....something I made during my construction days. Tonight I took the wall socket apart , cut it back and reconnected everything and there was a fair difference in what I heard.
I'm specifically looking at wire sizes and recommendations for shielding and what it all looks like. TIA. Appreciate your experiences


When discovering PC Triple C Wire, I was to become curious and the first experience had using it was with Cart' Tag Wires.

Enough was detected through the usage as Tag Wires in the SQ to motivate and extend the experience of the Wire in the Vinyl Source Signal Path, which resulted in a Din > RCA - PC Triple C Wire Cable being tried out.

The New Cable was permanently put to use, following with the system being  subjected to PC Triple C Wire being used at most interfaces.   


I am thinking to construct williewonka's Helix power cable. But one question is on my mind:

General question:

Doesn't shielding degrade sound quality? It's needed when it's needed but does that mean always?

Shielded Twisted pair: Can't the shield be used as the ground conductor? Why the need for separate ground conductor?


Been using furutech's unsheilded alpha 3 for amp/conditioner for sometime now...never a problem.. with anything.Looking over venhaus's power cable construction explains some of the need or not.

Pindac and all,

I know this is an older thread, but wanted to see if any of you are still around on this subject. I went a little "manic" and bought a ton of high quality cable to build my own DIY power cables. I have: Neotech NEP 3002 and 3003 UPOCC, Furutech FP-OS32 "Alpha nano", Furutech TCS031 Triple C, Furutech FP-S55N "Alpha nano", Oyaide Tunami 102 SSC, Acoustic Revive 8800 Triple C, and Monosaudio 902 and 903 OFC cables.

For connectors I've got Viborg VF-502 and VF-508 silver plated, Sonarquest P-25/C-25, IeGO 8065 silver plate and 8085 gold plate, and Furutech F-11 and F-28 gold plated.

The problem that I created (even though they are first world problems) is that I really do not know where to start as far and connector and cable matching. Second I have seen two ways of connecting the cables to the connectors: one is using the bare wire and then using a spade such as the FP-209 (gold or rhodium) at the end of the cable and connecting that to the power connectors.

Furutech's own website and videos show using the FP-209 rhodium as the intermediate step and use those to connect to the power connectors.

Any help here would be much appreciated, as these are my first power cables I'm DIYing.....but I do have the proper crimping and soldering tools and experience.

@vthokie83 Thank You for the request.

Typically Swapping out Wall Socket Connectors and IEC's on a Cable is reasonably straight forward.

A Multimeter will enable continuity testing of Wires once terminated.

The last time I produced a Cable I discarded the Spades, as I was having continuity issues, when terminating.

As for Metal used in a Plug Connector, Pure Copper without Plating is the preferred, but that is based on Copper Wire > Copper Terminations. I have not Annaly been checking Brass with a Coating or Copper with a Coating, so am not able to comment.

My experiences to date is that Digital and SS will benefit the most, in relation to discernable changes to the end sound being discovered and 50+ Hours of usage will have a different Cable in use that one with a few hours.

If a device with little value has an IEC, this can be used to assist with increasing the hours of usage.  

Not to sell you short and also a method that might need for you to Talk to a Electrician or a Forum Member with savvy.

The connectors in the link are Pure Copper and removes contact pins in the routing of Power Cables into Plug Sockets.

This is the method I am at present most likely to adopt.

I am at present working my way through the issues and alternative options where there will be removal of Fuses.

I take professional guidance on all Matters Electrical and Electronical.