A number of people have been asking about IC's [not just on this forum] so rather than replying to the individuals here's the original post.\r\n\r\nI will assume [ makes an ass of u and me ]that you have all the tools to hand. \r\nsoldering iron \r\nsolder silver loaded prefferably \r\nstanley type knife \r\nbit of heat shrink maybe \r\npair of those extra hand thingies or an female RCA mounted to act as a heat sink and hold the plug steady. \r\nplumbers tape \r\npvc tape \r\nMustbe loads more stuff but you can get away with just whats listed. \r\n\r\nIngredients \r\na pair of cheap red rca plugs \r\na pair of cheap black rca plugs \r\na spool of silver wire 5m min or \r\n36 awg enamelled magnet wire \r\nspool of ptfe tape [plumbers tape] \r\n3m of 3 - 4mm former \r\n\r\nThe RCA plug I used are from maplin and are the 99p gold plated types. The 49p\r\nones are a pain as you need to chop off the strain relief and it always looks messy. \r\n\r\nWhoo I hear you cry, Silver wire must cost a bomb. \r\nFind one of the bead shops or craft shops, I got 10m or so for £2.50, but mine was silver plated copper,from a bead shop!. Get the thinest ie 0.025mm now this is delicate stuff and remember thin is good. \r\n\r\nYou only need look at it for it to tangle! \r\n\r\nAn alternative is the wire wrap/magnet wire that is high purity copper covered with a eurathane varnish often called enamel [though not really]. You can get this from maplin in all sizes but the thinest is best, cost £5-00 for 200m ish. \r\nFormer, well clear tubing or even string, most of anything, that's none conductive and non magnetic. \r\n\r\nCut the former to the length of cable required. \r\nCut 6 lengths of enamelled copper wire, each about 1.5x the length of the finished cable. Set\r\nthese aside. \r\nTake the plumbers tape and firmly wrap the whole length of each former. \r\nTake one enamelled copper wire and wind this carefully but tightly around the former. \r\nTo make a spiral [helix] so each complete rotation of the wire is separated by 4 - 5mm. \r\nMaking certain that you leave about 15mm of wire protruding at each end. \r\nYou might need to anchor each end with a little bit of pumbers tape. \r\nOnce you are happy with the this take the plumber's tape and wrap the whole\r\nlength of the former and silver wire, its best to follow the spiral wind with a 50% overlap of ptfe tape. \r\nTake a small piece of pvc tape and tag both ends of the enamelled copper wire. \r\nNow repeat the process with the second silver wire but you do not need to tag it\r\nwith tape. \r\nThis is the intreseting part as you can make one of two cable varients \r\na. wind the wire between the spirals previously laided down. \r\n\r\nb.wind the wire so it crosses the windings under neath at 90 degrees. \r\n\r\nyour choice a. provides some shielding ? \r\nb. minimises the interaction between the wires. \r\n\r\nOnce you have completed this stage cover the cable with ptfe tape as before. \r\n\r\nI would heat shrink the lot at this stage [6-8mm dia in my case], you could use\r\nptfe heat shrink but this is very expensive and would defeat the object of a low cost IC. \r\n\r\nAttach the plugs. The tagged wire to the centre pin and the outer wire to ground, these wire must be trimmed and routed so no connection between the\r\ntwo is made. If you strugle here a small amount of ptfe tape can be used to isolate each conductor. \r\nI have found that if you then slip a piece of heat srink [25mm long] up the cable so that it covers the plug connections and cable grip, a very secure joint is made. [Don't forget to slip another piece of heat shrink on at this stage, for the other plug]. \r\nAttach the second plug in the same way. \r\nIt's good to use silver loaded solder, it will sound better, but is not essential. \r\n\r\nNow repeat for the other cable. \r\n\r\nIf you have a multi meter check for any shorts between signal and earth. \r\n\r\nOnce connected between amp and cdp I was aware of a full rich and meliferous musical presentation, that belies theminimal cost of these cables. \r\nHope yours sound as good as mine.\r\n\r\nThese are good enough to benift from better RCA plugs, I'd suggest the bullets.