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BTG-Audio Sunrise CIEM cable

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Pros: Quality, build, flexibility, price and customer service

Cons: You can't brag you spent and arm and a leg

BTG-Audio: The Sunrise Cable

 

Everyone seems loves the look and feel of aftermarket and boutique cables.  Just one look on the different threads dedicated to pictures of Head-Fi members’ gear and you will see countless pictures of headphones and custom IEMs with aftermarket cables.  In many cases these cables look like pieces of art, and unless you are handy and can create your own cables, buying one can quickly become an expensive venture.  I’ve priced IEM cables of varying wire and craftsmanship anywhere from $150 to $400 or more.  Until recently the only choice for IEM cables under $100 has been the $30 stock Westone/UE variations from the CIEM manufacturer themselves.  If a budget priced but robust and well built CIEM cable has been on your wish list, then you’ve found the right thread!

 

Some of you may know that I stumbled upon Brian of BTG-Audio’s services several months ago in relation to an IEM mod.  Back in March of this year, I sent a Fischer Audio DBA-02 to Brian, due to an aged, brittle and stiff cable.  He was able to source pins and connectors necessary to modify the DBA-02 from a fixed cable IEM to a removable cable IEM.  Brian’s modification was not only successful but was expertly done for a fair and affordable price.  Since then he has performed this modification on many different fixed cable IEMs like the Silver Bullet, W4, UM3X, B2, and many more.  You can visit this thread for more examples of this modification: http://www.head-fi.org/t/601360/universals-modded-with-removable-cables-fischer-audio-dba-02-brainwavz-b2-um3x-sleek-audio

 

It wasn’t long after he began performing these mods, that Brian started developing his own aftermarket cable for custom IEMs:  The Sunrise Cable.

 

 

 

 

 

Design:

 

  • Compatible with Westone, UE, UM, JH Audio, FS, Aurisonics and many other CIEMs using the same standard pin configuration
  • Overmolded connector pins with clear markings for R/L
  • Memory wire standard
  • Compatible with recessed sockets
  • OFC 26 AWG stranded copper wire
  • Quad braid in round or milloit braid style
  • Nylon sleeved below the Y split
  • Neutrik 3.5mm nickel connector (straight or right angle) standard-  Viablue, Oyaide, etc available at additional cost
  • Heavy duty Y split and functional but slim heat shrink chin cinch/choker
  • 48” Length
  • Pricing: Standard-$70 ($67 to $100 depending on 3.5mm connector options.  Balanced/specialty connectors will push the price above $100.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Usage:

 

The Sunrise Cable is very well built- solid and durable, yet maintains very good flexibility due to the style of braid BTG-Audio uses.  I recently had the opportunity to use a very expensive boutique silver and gold cable alongside the Sunrise.  This cable is more than 4X the price of the Sunrise, yet this cable didn’t have overmolded pins, lacked a chin cinch and was extremely stiff due to the very tight, regular styled braid.  Putting it in an IEM case was like trying to coil a live and angry snake.  The Sunrise Cable is very manageable and easy to store without annoying memory effect.

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve also compared the Sunrise to a Whiplash Audio Twag V2.  In my experience, the Twag V2 is the model by which the usability of all aftermarket and boutique cables should be judged.  It has some of the best flexibility I’ve seen, also has overmolded pins and is quite pleasing to the eye.  The Sunrise cable holds it’s own against the Twag, giving up some in flexibility but otherwise goes toe to toe in build quality and durability.  Not to mention the Sunrise cable is artistically pleasing to the eye as well, and costs considerably less.

 

 

 

 

 

The Sunrise Cable’s memory wire is very well done.  I’ve always thought that it was too short on the genuine Westone Epic cable, making it difficult to get just the right shape without irritating my ears.  Then the generic versions sometimes have too long a memory section, with useless ear guide sheathing extending way beyond the actual wire.  The memory wire section on the Sunrise seems to split the difference of these; with a length of wire long enough to form over the top of my ear and slightly behind but not so long that it extends beyond my ear.

 

Sound:

 

BTG doesn’t make any claims about the sound of their cables; only to offer affordable, functional and professionally made products.  I will also leave descriptions of the sound up to other owners and buyers.  For me, purchasing an aftermarket cable is more about the build, durability and yes, looks.  A nice looking CIEM certainly looks even better when paired with a great looking cable.

 

Future:

 

BTG-Audio is also looking at the possibilities of releasing 2 new IEM cables. The first is a SPC version of The Sunrise Cable.  The SPC would be a silver plated copper cable of the same specs but would show silver above the Y split versus copper.  The second is an IEM cable compatible with the FitEar universals.  I’m hoping for an SPC Sunrise styled version of this!

 

 

 

 

Conclusion:

 

Is it affordable? Check.  Is it professionally and well made? Check.  Does it look good? Check.  Is BTG-Audio friendly, courteous and responsive? Check.  I can’t recommend Brian’s services enough and I really think he’s hit one out of the Head-Fi ballpark with The Sunrise Cable. 

 

BTG-Audio website: http://btg-audio.webs.com/

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Pros: Customizable, top notch quality, flexible cable, looks and sounds great

Cons: None

For nearly the price the Westone Epic cable (retail $50-60), it cannot compare to the quality and craftsmanship of BTG-Audio Sunrise CIEM cable.  The quality is on par to the very high end CIEM cables from Whiplash and ALO audio, but a much better value.  I highly recommend this cable and Brian's customer service.

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I bought Brian's Sunrise cable for my 1964Ears Quads.  The cable's build quality is top notch, very professional, and incredibly flexible & comfortable.  BTW, it looks lovely too.  It paired quite well with the Quads in that it delicately articulated the Quad's native tuning (smooth, natural, studio sound with slightly boosted bass).

 

Brian's customer service, attention to detail, and prompt turnaround is as good as I've experienced & his pricing is very fair & honest.  I'd definitely recommend him for any of cable/modding needs.

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Pros: Great sound , durable , low cost

Cons: Not a real negative but Cable is thick. Not dental floss thin if that's what your looking for

Just want to tell you Brian and service at BTG-Audio is absolutely top notch! I had a problem with my SM3 v1 the right channel kept cutting out. After some brief emails with Brian, he gave me my options and I sent my earphones. Communication was excellent throughout. He said he received them and immediately went to work, He preformed a removable cable mod and emailed me links to pictures rather than just giving a verbal status. He also fitted them with his own BTG-Audio IEM cable which turned out to be very high quality. They work great! I give Brian my highest recommendation. Great work. Terrific turnaround time. The level of service I got was just unheard of. I love how he follows up on everything. As consumers we're the ones that end up chasing people but this time it's the other way around, like it should be. Thanks again Brian!! I'm enjoying tunes as I type this thanks to you.
BTG-Audio Sunrise CIEM cable
Description:

Compatible with Westone, UM, UE, JH, and other CIEM headphones. Also compatible with reccessed sockets. This is BTG-Audio's line of sleeved cables specially ordered for CIEM headphones. This cable utilizes BTG-Audio's clear wire at 4ft in length (~1.2m). Made with robust professionally molded pins giving you the quality and durability that BTG-Audio is known for. These pins are nickel alloy plated in gold. Also, they come with a built in memory wire system that employs annealed stainless steel. MADE IN THE USA! Sleeved in nylon to protect and increase the life span of the cable. Non-sleeved versions available for lighter weight and cheaper cables. So many options are available! If default won't float your boat, there are a plethora of terminations, colors and add-ons. Just contact BTG-Audio for what your looking for! Use this headphone cable from "Sunrise" to sunset.

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Related Media/Links:

Review: http://www.head-fi.org/t/519457/1964-ears-the-appreciation-thread/3195#post_8489226

www.head-fi.org/t/624501/sunrise-ciem-cable-from-btg-audio

 

 

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