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Speaker Cable Tidying

Post by Risocco » Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:28 pm

Evening gents, have 6x9s in my parcel shelf on the Golf but I'd like to keep the cables tidy, not having them lose/dropping down. What do you guys suggest for this?

Golfs parcel shelf is made of cardboardy stuff with no reinforcement unlike our Sciroccos so these type of things won't work...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/20-x-Black-Cable- ... _500wt_949

Hit me with you knowledge guys! :good:

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Re: Speaker Cable Tidying

Post by Mr Funk » Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:23 pm

First thing I'd do is reinforce the shelf as it'll bow under the weight. Personally I'd build a stealth shelf out of mdf and hide everything otherwise it's going to be a cats bottom to sort.
Other than that you could put another board on the bottom and cover it. That'd reinforce it and give you the depth to pit the pins in


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Re: Speaker Cable Tidying

Post by Risocco » Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:34 pm

Nah it's OK dude, had it for 8 years now in various MK2s I've owned, with different speakers in it, still straight and true. :good:

Cheers for the idea tho, thought about making a stealth shelf years back, to be honest I'd be more inclined to do it in the Scirocco if I ever get round to doing anything to the sound system.

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Re: Speaker Cable Tidying

Post by Jay4424 » Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:32 am

You can get cable tidied, it's a plastic spiral that you just rap round the cables... You just then need to attach the combined cable thingy to the nude side some how.

...or use no cables and use elctromagnectice forces!!! :read: :mafia:




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Re: Speaker Cable Tidying

Post by Nate » Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:24 am

if the bottom of the shelf is just plain board:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 0350303033
in conjunction with some cable ties


if the underside is covered in fabric, velcro may stick to it:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 0656348076

and some spiral wrap never goes amiss

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 0424334252


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Re: Speaker Cable Tidying

Post by Risocco » Wed Jan 26, 2011 3:08 pm

Mint, ta Nate. :good:

Am watching a few local sub/amp packages on eBay too, hopefully have one to add to the mix ASAP

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Re: Speaker Cable Tidying

Post by Funky Diver » Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:59 pm

Nate wrote:http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 0350303033
in conjunction with some cable ties
If you need some of htese, gimme a shout and I'll chuck some in the post. I have plenty :)



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Re: Speaker Cable Tidying

Post by fonzooorooo » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:42 am

The 1st thing I'd do is put plugs and sockets in so you can get rid of extra cable length. You could use 1/4" jack for this (fine up to a couple of hundred watts RMS - for more, use speakon). Assuming there're "lips" facing downward on the left and right edges of the shelf, fasten the socket in through this. Then you'd have just enough cable to go back to the speakers which could be hot glued to the shelf. If you go this route, remember that the jack plug will be live if the amp's on, so shorting the plug'll short the amp. (clearly, for safety the socket should be on the amp, and plug on the speakers, but for what I'm suggesting, this is MUCH less convenient. You could put a second socket in, and use a patch cable though.) To get round this, you could put a second socket into the original speakers, so if you have the shelf out, you can plug those in instead. Putting the plug/socket as close as possible to the pivot point of the shelf clearly reduses the amopunt of slack cable you'd need - but this cable is on the "car" side, so could be attached to the underside of the shelf supports.
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Re: Speaker Cable Tidying

Post by Nate » Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:10 am

i had a similar arrangement in one of my old astras. at the time i was playing in a band and was regularly carrying a pair of peavey hisys2 and matching subs. i had a pair of switched jack sockets, so the cars rear speakers were connected with nothing plugged in, then a pair of jack to speakon leads that i could plug the cabs in on the way to and from gigs :hehe:


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Re: Speaker Cable Tidying

Post by Junglist » Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:11 am

If you want them sticky back things with springy cable clips rather than slots for cable ties (requiring cable ties), give me a shout.


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Re: Speaker Cable Tidying

Post by fonzooorooo » Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:07 am

Nate wrote:i had a similar arrangement in one of my old astras. at the time i was playing in a band and was regularly carrying a pair of peavey hisys2 and matching subs. i had a pair of switched jack sockets, so the cars rear speakers were connected with nothing plugged in, then a pair of jack to speakon leads that i could plug the cabs in on the way to and from gigs :hehe:
nothing unusual about that - my sub's always been on a speakon so I can run my upgraded hisys 3 ... saves the space of having the sub in amongst a car load of bass gear.