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high quality copper mini-mini for under $50?

post #1 of 17
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Is there any company that happens to make a decent copper mini-mini for under $50? Most of the stuff I've seen (kimber, etc.) is silver.

I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction.

thanks!
post #2 of 17
I'm sure there is some sort of electronics shop near where you live. I don't know the length you're looking for but I'm pretty sure that when you just need a short length, the quality really doesn't matter that much. I can't hear the difference.
Otherwise, you might be able to build your own. It's not that hard.

But with the number of posts you have, I doubt that you wouldn't know this already.
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by appar111 View Post
Is there any company that happens to make a decent copper mini-mini for under $50? Most of the stuff I've seen (kimber, etc.) is silver.

I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction.

thanks!
Several options out there that come to mind. Not associated with any of these companies.

The Cardas mini:
http://www.headphone.com/products/ca...mini-cable.php

Zynsonix has two minis that might fit your budget the XEV and VRAY:
http://www.zynsonix.com/MiniMini.htm

A Pure Sound (head-fi'er although I'm not sure of his username. Have heard some positive comments and I believe the price should work)
http://www.apuresound.com/

Possibly ALO Audio (I know Ken used to make some lower priced copper minis, just don't see them on the site right now. You could always email him and ask)
www.aloaudio.com

Moon-Audio: (Blue Dragon fits your price range)
http://www.moon-audio.com/

My experience has been that if you could stretch your budget just a bit to $65 you could get one of the best copper minis out there in that price range, the Black Dragon from Moon-Audio.

One other idea...Blue Jeans makes a mini to mini, although the jacks are pretty big. You'll need to email them for a cost though as it is a special order item.
post #4 of 17
Have a look at my post here: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=224643. I bought a silver and copper mini for SGD 59,00 but they also have copper mini to mini's for SGD 49 and even SGD 29 (with discount) that can be found here: http://www.sgheadphones.net/index.php?showtopic=7102
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by digihead View Post
Several options out there that come to mind. Not associated with any of these companies.
My experience has been that if you could stretch your budget just a bit to $65 you could get one of the best copper minis out there in that price range, the Black Dragon from Moon-Audio.
After looking at Moon Audio, I was thinking the exact same thing- just springing the extra $25 for the Black Dragon. I could get one w/ dual right angled plugs, or a straight plug+angled plug one that I could use for hooking up to a pcdp. Going that route, I could forego the need for a separate ipod line out cable, since I already have a sendstation pocketdock w/ line out that works great (this is a desktop/bedside system so I don't need the connector to the ipod to be a locking one).

Most of the tech talk about the differences between the blue dragon and black dragon went right over my head. Aside from a prettier cable, and using stranded copper instead of the solid core copper, is there any audible difference b/t the black dragon and it's slightly less expensive brother, the blue dragon?

thanks so much for the advice-- I truly appreciate it!
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by appar111 View Post
After looking at Moon Audio, I was thinking the exact same thing- just springing the extra $25 for the Black Dragon. I could get one w/ dual right angled plugs, or a straight plug+angled plug one that I could use for hooking up to a pcdp. Going that route, I could forego the need for a separate ipod line out cable, since I already have a sendstation pocketdock w/ line out that works great (this is a desktop/bedside system so I don't need the connector to the ipod to be a locking one).

Most of the tech talk about the differences between the blue dragon and black dragon went right over my head. Aside from a prettier cable, and using stranded copper instead of the solid core copper, is there any audible difference b/t the black dragon and it's slightly less expensive brother, the blue dragon?

thanks so much for the advice-- I truly appreciate it!
I'd say the Black Dragon is well worth it. I was never a big fan of the Blue Dragon. I really believe that the Black Dragon is a fantastic cable for the price, and I have tried a lot of them.
post #7 of 17
Here are some good mini to mini cables.

http://www.headphone.com/products/ca...interconnects/
post #8 of 17
Blue Jeans Cable will custom build one for something like $25 for the first foot, $1 per additional foot of length. If you want pure copper, give BJC a consideration. Even if you don't like the cable, it'll be less than half the cost of the other cables mentioned.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by digihead View Post
I'd say the Black Dragon is well worth it. I was never a big fan of the Blue Dragon. I really believe that the Black Dragon is a fantastic cable for the price, and I have tried a lot of them.
does it sound any different from the Blue Dragon?
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by digihead View Post
A Pure Sound (head-fi'er although I'm not sure of his username. Have heard some positive comments and I believe the price should work)
http://www.apuresound.com/
Another vote for apuresound.com
I am suppose to get their mini-mini in a few days and I just cant wait! heard so many good things about them. Their site is still under construction, so I would email them and see how much is the cable you want.
post #11 of 17
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does it sound any different from the Blue Dragon?
In a word, yes. Going off of audio memory here from a while back. All I can really tell you is that I listened to the Blue Dragon and thought it was seriously lacking. The Black Dragon blew me away. I have always regretted selling my Black Dragon mini to mini and many times have thought of purchasing another one.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by infinitesymphony View Post
Blue Jeans Cable will custom build one for something like $25 for the first foot, $1 per additional foot of length. If you want pure copper, give BJC a consideration. Even if you don't like the cable, it'll be less than half the cost of the other cables mentioned.
yup, i have one from them, Belden 1800F cable with Canare terminals
post #13 of 17

Make Your Own

Solder Station - $15.



Linky

Solder
$20 or less

Multicore Solder

Wire


FEP & TFE Plenum, Shielded, Silver Coated Copper, Stranded 3 conductor (3x20AWG) - $0.28 foot. Link

Also check out this seller on ebay - cheap, cheap silver plated copper wire with teflon jacket Link

7294K59 item number from McMaster-Carr for stripping Tefezel wire - $11

Minis - $4 each

Canare F 11

...or

Switchcraft Right Angle 3.5mm

Bling


Wirecare

Solder Points




post #14 of 17
Not everyone wants to build their own cables... Plus, who's to say that they'll be of decent quality, especially if they're a first-time builder? I'm also assuming that by "copper" he didn't mean "silver-plated copper."

With your item list, assuming three feet of cable and only $5 for solder, the price to build a DIY cable of questionable quality is $40.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by infinitesymphony View Post
Not everyone wants to build their own cables... Plus, who's to say that they'll be of decent quality, especially if they're a first-time builder? I'm also assuming that by "copper" he didn't mean "silver-plated copper."

With your item list, assuming three feet of cable and only $5 for solder, the price to build a DIY cable of questionable quality is $40.
Ooops! forgot - How To Solder Movies. For RCAs - Interconnects

How To Solder a mini - this one for 5gb ipod

More Instruction

If you make your mini or line out dock with this high of a quality wire, once the solder joint is made, homemade will be as good and cheaper than bought and you as an extra bonus, you get to keep the extra cable, the solder station, the solder, etc., in case you want to try it again.
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