Are DIY, CAT5 cables really that good?

I sold a nice pair of SignalCable loudspeaker cables after I made a pair of CAT5 loudspeaker cables at home. I thought, why should I spend so much when for cheap I can have a great set of cables. Now I am starting to re-think my decision and maybe I didn't give the comparison enough time to sink in.

What is the story with CAT5 cables in good, high-enda audio?
I guess it all depends on your system. They do seem to be a little more amp dependent. I made a bi-wire set and I love 'em. But, like everything else in audio, if it doesn't sound good to you, it ain't good.
How tightly do you braid your pairs? As tight as possible, or more of a loose braid?
Hey I am seriously considering making a set of CAT 5 it woth the time and effort? Will these cables be better than my standard off the spool monster cable wire? Is there an advatage to using CRYOed wire? If I do not use the CAT 5 I am planing on either Audioquest or Transparent..........any thoughts????

P.S. I am running ROTEL's RSX-1067 along with the RDV-1040 and my speakers are Kenwoods(main) BOSE(center)sucks... and sony(rear)........I am planing to upgrade to ALL B&W 804N,HTM2, and thinking using the 805N for the rears????
I just started into this high end stuff any help would be great thanks, Joe
CAT5's, like any other cable, need a good amount of burn-in. It sounds like you've had some time with them, so that's probably mostly accomplished already.

From my experience there is a smearing of the sound with CAT5's. There are several other fairly easy to build speaker cables that are inexpensive relative to the commercial one's.

Look into Jon Risch's 89259 cross connect. It far surpassed the CAT5 in my system. Go to and look in the FAQ section for the link.

About how many hours of break-in do you think the CAT5 cables need before they realize their full potential?

Has anyone ever used Belden Data Twist 350 1701A CAT 5 cable as speaker wire and care to share their thoughts?