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My new Magwires Ultra headphones extension cable...

My new Magwires Ultra headphones extension cable kicks ass.

Jim (Hess) at Magwires made this 3 meter cable at my request, and suggested some helpful changes along the way. They are burned in now and sound terrific with my Sennheiser 590s. Looks very cool too...Jim upgraded the unit to the "Ultra" spec with that gleaming silver Wizard of Oz cable of his. He really was super responsive and I love the headphones. Oh, and I mentioned head-fi.org so he threw in the shipping. I paid sixty bucks with shipping; again, it's a 3 meter cable with 1/4" fittings (1 male, 1 female locking) at each end. It's neat. Find Jim's ordering info at www.audiogon.com (search "magwires").

BTW, the Sennheiser 590s are also just burned in (about 36 hours), got them for $179 something, shipping included, no tax, from JandR online. Got the free chronograph watch in the box also (branded Sennheiser, very cool looking...the movement is Seiko). No-brainer for me.

Cheers and happy listening,

Mark (cleartrueblue in Menlo Park, CA)
post #32 of 40
Jim really is the man! I made an arrangement with him to obtain some speaker cable for my system for a very reasonable price (he said free, I insisted on paying something). They have turned out to be a wonderful addition to my system. I'll be posting more about them in the next day or so.

Fred
post #33 of 40
cleartrueblue,

so did the MOCC extension cable change the sound, when used?

I'm asking because I just finished twisting 2 pairs of 10' MOCC wires to make another cable for my K501. My K501 Mogami cable is great - but I have to know if there is anything better for it.

let me tell you, it isn't easy threading 4 twisted wires through a 10 foot 1/8" rubber tube. i'll probably solder them in tomorrow. In which case I may have a Mogami K501 cable for sale.
post #34 of 40
Hello! I'm new here but I would like to say a few things about myself and Jim Hess and his wonderful MagWires.

First off, I would like to say that I have been bitten by the "headphone bug" once again! (Born-again!)

I used to listen to cans all the time in my younger days. Since my parents wouldn't let me blast my music throughout the house, my dad gave me a pair of old Koss Pro/ 4AAA cans which from I recall sounded pretty good at the time. I was around 8 or 9 years old then, so I was easily impressed. Anyway, I remember that they were heavy as HLL and they used to hurt my ears, probably because both earcushions were collapsed.

After a while, I got a pair of Koss Pro/ 4X cans from one of my brothers. They were much better and lighter, plus they had loads of bass, which for a kid was super cool. However, I still can't understand why Koss used those nasty plastic/rubber earcushions because they all used to hurt my ears over a short period of time.

Anyway, I finally bought my very first pair of cans, Realistic Nova 45. These were amazingly good sounding little phones from RatShack and were pretty comfy to boot.

Several years after I bought those, one of my cats ate the cord and I bought my first pair of audiophile grade loudspeakers, Magnepans! Ever since then, I haven't really listened to headphones, and that's been about 6 years now.

Then, about a month ago, one of my customers told me that he was an audiophile and that he mostly listened to headphones. So here I am!! I just bought a pair of Sennheiser HD525 cans off of him that he only used once or twice. They still were not even broken-in. But he sold me those along with the DSP 360 head amp for 50 bucks. Now I'm hooked again and just bought a pair of HD580's from AudioGon and looking for a good HeadRoom amp used.

Speaking of AudioGon, that's where I found these MagWires from Jim Hess. I just bought 7 pairs of his Nakeds IC's to replace my collection of Kimber, Cardas, LAT International just to name a few.

All I can say is that these cables are completely wonderful. They are the best cables I have ever heard in my system, and I have had a lot, costing upwards of $300 for a 0.5 meter pair!

I wrote Jim and told him what I wanted, and 3 days later, I had them sitting at my door. After hooking them up, I sat down to listen before going to bed. Right out of the "Glad Bags", they sounded awsome. I couldn't believe how open and natural these Nakeds were without any burn-in time. However, I did notice that the bass was a little muted at first.

For the next couple of days, I left my rig on and had the new SACD release of Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon play over and over.

After about 60 hours of constant run-in time, I sat down to listen again. This time, not only was the bass back, but it was tighter, deeper, and more detailed and lifelike.

The midrange is a tad bit more forward, but it's more natural, open, and vibrant as well. You can actually "feel" the 3 dimentional sound of the instruments and voices, almost like reaching out at you. It is very involving, like sitting right at the feet of musicians in a small jazz club.

And the treble, WOW! If anyone here owns a pair of Maggies, you know they can tend to get just a little bit too much with some music at high volumes. With the MagWires in place, they make everything with the music "in place". Everything is just so much wider and open with plenty of extension, but without the harshness. Soundstaging and imaging is up much higher and precise.

Remember that old slogan, "Is it live or is it Memorex?"? Well, I almost have to ask myself that same question all the time now with these MagWire Nakeds. Even though they are the lowest priced interconnects Jim Hess offers, don't let it fool you out of buying them. Like I said, these Nakeds replaced ALL of my high end cables, about $1200 worth of wires with $170 worth of excellent quality, grade A interconnects. Plus, how many high end cable companies do you know of that offer the great communication and personalism that Jim provides to his customers? Not many.

Buy some MagWires, you'll love them!

Oh yeah, sorry for writing a huge book here for my very first post!
post #35 of 40
Exciting post guys, but where can I buy these? The audiogon listing has expired and I can't find this on the web except here.
post #36 of 40
Drop him a line at......

jameshess24@hotmail.com

He's a real great guy to talk to and very easy going. He will get you lined up with what you need.
post #37 of 40
these look like just what i've been looking for. for you all who have these ic's, how flexible would you say they are? i'm looking for kind of a long run, which needs to wrap around before reaching my monos...

greetings, btw, been lurking around for quite a while b4 signing up...
post #38 of 40
Quote:
Originally posted by cary
these look like just what i've been looking for. for you all who have these ic's, how flexible would you say they are? i'm looking for kind of a long run, which needs to wrap around before reaching my monos...

greetings, btw, been lurking around for quite a while b4 signing up...
Greetings! I also lurked around for a bit before signing up!

Anyway, the Nakeds are not overly stiff, but they're not super flexible either. They should be able to be routed fairly easily.

Here's a few pics of mine. You can see in the last pic that because of their stiffness, I actually have them resting up against the wall!! This can be a good thing, since they are further away from any power cables. That big book sitting on top of my SACD player?...... Yeah, that's an attempt at killing chassis vibrations!





post #39 of 40
thanks for the mad pics, chops. i guess you weren't kidding when you said you really liked these ic's. they look flexible enough for my purposes, just gotta make nice and easy curves.

on a side note, i also use 'the book method' to lessen vibration on my transport. hehe.
post #40 of 40
Quote:
Originally posted by Chops
Drop him a line at......

jameshess24@hotmail.com

He's a real great guy to talk to and very easy going. He will get you lined up with what you need.
Found him!

http://cgi.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cl.p...ntr&1065119858

hee hee
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