Originally Posted by reano
Hey this sounds good, how was this done? Who witnessed it and ensured you could spot the cable difference blind? What cable you used. Trust me I really want to know. I'm not bating you. Ta. I will gladly accept a blind test if other independent people witness it no problem whatsoever. Would like to know the cable make etc. Note I'm only talking about interconnects the actual wire not those with other things added like mains conditioners and the like.
First off, I'd just like to agree with JaZZ below because not many people can offer their own "proof" and I definitely fall in this category.
On to the questions.
All tests were done using my personal setup 320Kbps MP3 of original Eagles - Hotel California -> Maxed AlienDAC -> INTERCONNECT -> Maxed SOHA -> HD600 with Cardas cable.
The INTERCONNECT was switched back and forth and I listened to the same song like 20 times by now, switching cables with every time.
The testing was not witnessed, so I guess you'll just have to take my word for it that it was done with no bias toward any configuration and all ego set aside.
I have 3 cables on my desk, all were made by me and all are around the same 40cm length:
1) Silver Plated Copper 6 x 24AWG (3 signal - 3 ground) in flat braid
2) Belden 89259 22AWG bare copper with 95% copper sheild
3) Modified VenHaus
using 24AWG 99.99% pure silver with 100% unbleached cotton as dialect instead of teflon tube.
After listening to these extensively, I had the VenHaus in there for about a month, the Belden for about 2 weeks and I just made the SPC (hasn't burned in yet), I can definitely tell the difference between every cable.Just not to start some flame war, this is purely in my oppinion, tested by my ears alone and in my setup.
I thouht the Belden 89259 had a very nice sound, slightly warmer than the rest, but the detail was still there and nothing was lost in comparison to the rest. Of course, the cable is much stiffer, but we're talking purely sound quality wise here.
The VenHaus cable has been my long time favorite (about 2 months or so) and did everything very well. It wasn't as warm as the 89259, but the highs were clearer and I enjoyed the slightly punchier bass hits. Generally a very clean and detailed cable. By "clean" I mean simply that you can really hear the instruments seperately instead of playing together at the same time making a sound that combines both.
The SPC cable was slightly dissapointing compared to the rest. Still kicks ass compared to the RadioShack brand RCA's that I use for testing new builds in my basement, but really not as good as the other 2. It didn't have all the detail of the other 2 and it's as if you listen to a song, hear all of it, then plug this cable in and all of a sudden, there's just less there. The overall sound was very much in between the 2 others. The bass was ok, the highs were ok, but the mids weren't as smooth. Plus, there was kind of this added presence to the sound that just didn't sit well with me. I'm sorry, I can't describe that last sentence better, it just didn't sound as good.
I didn't skip the "I will gladly accept a blind test if other independent people witness it no problem whatsoever." sentence, it's just that I never went to any Head-Fi meets and nobody I know is that much into audio to want to spend time listening to different cables. As a result of the testing, I will be getting rid of that SPC interconnect in the for-sale thread, just didn't sound that great to me.
I can definitely say that between the 3 cables, the differences are not life changing, but are easily noticed when you listen repeatedly to the same song and it's still fresh in your mind that you KNOW what you want it to sound like. I'd say it's the added 10% that really makes you love or just like the music.