[Q] Can CAT 5 Cable be used in custom audio applications?
[A] CAT 5 Cable can be used in many low-voltage appliactions other than just data transmission. The primary concern is to make sure that the power requirements of the project can be satisfied with the type of Cable you are using.
Many companies are now producing modular component systems that use a variety of cabling systems to connect the individual pieces. Some of these are able to utilize CAT 5 Patch Cables.
Some custom audio fans have even used CAT 5 Cable for direct speaker connection, although it was not really designed for that purpose. CAT 5 Cable uses a fairly low gauge wire, (between 22-24) and a diameter of wire that small will not carrry a great deal of power without overheating.
Always read the specifications on any cable that you are thinking about using, and do not exceed the recommendations listed by the manufacturer.
5 Cable Company sells CAT 6, CAT 5E, and CAT 5 Patch and Crossover cables in 9 colors, custom fit to any length up to 328 feet.
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