Hello everyone, decided to build my first custom cable, with some good electronics/soldering experience, or making some custom USB cables, I would want to make a balanced cable for my Hifiman Anandas.
Though I have some questions/lack some knowledge around audio cables.
So straight to the point:
First and most important - how many cores are actually needed for a 4.4 ↔ 2x 3.5 jack connector? As I understand I need 6 cores - one for: Signal+, Signal-, Ground, and that is doubled as I’ll have to bring it to both cups individually, and then join the ground wire on the 4.4 connector - am I correct?
I’ve researched to do the cable based on Klotz/Mogami/Sommer/Canare or some other microphone cable - but my biggest concern/question is how to handle the Y split - as I’ll have a cable from a 4.4 jack Y to two 3.5 jacks. Would I split the shield when going out to the two 3.5 jacks? Or is the shield not needed at all in such a cable?
Or is it better to buy 2x 3core (as I understand I need 3 cores for each cup) , which I would then soldier together to a single cable - giving me a connection to all soldier points, but I would have a “weak point” in the cable itself.
So in general what’s the best approach to making a balanced cable, and doing the Y split.
Thanks in advance!