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Obscure 'giant-killer' interconnect cables?

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Anyone have any opinions on the cables from Heartland cables? Specifically, the interconnects they offer with the new bullet plugs:

http://www.heartlandcables.com/

.... They are priced fairly close to the cost of the materials that go into them, unlike most.

Another possibility...

Stout Interconnects SB series - these are silver cables - also priced fairly close to material cost:

http://stout-interconnects.com/prod01.htm

Let me know what y'all think.

Thanks.
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Re: Obscure 'giant-killer' interconnect cables?

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http://www.heartlandcables.com/
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This site doesn't really load for me? I get broken images in left column and text in the right bottom one. Is it just me?
Yes.

Works fine for me in IE6.



Ben - I searched quickly in the cable forum of AudioAsylum (recommend you do the same) - found a very limited amount of not-very promising comments about both these companies mentioned.

I would recommend buying used at your whatever your price range is - worked for me (grabbed some used VD Reference for super cheap on Audiogon, most cables seem to lose value very quickly).

Finding an unknown giant killer seems unlikely, especially in the inexpensive sector. I believe you can consistently get more for your money buying (well documented and reviewed) used cables.

-dd3mon
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...pretty sure your best bet for "giant-killer" interconnects are ones you make yourself.
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...pretty sure your best bet for "giant-killer" interconnects are ones you make yourself.
I sure can do that.... there seems to be several schools of thought around cables.... one school is that there is 'magic' beyond the materials put into the cable...the other is that wire is wire (i.e. get some good wire and terminations, and you are good to go).

I could always get some bullet plugs or the best Vampire/Cardas RCA's for >$50 and good continuous cast interconnect cable >$4/foot, some techflex and thermal adhesive heatshink, Cardas solder, etc....and I would have a cable with the same materials used in $2000 cables for a very, very modest sum.

Does that hold any water at all? Or am I missing a lot of gee-whiz treatments that really provide leaps in sound quality?

Thanks for the input, all.
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heartland cables are excellent. the materials they use are extremely high quality and oftentimes are sold for much more $$ (bettercables.com)
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I'm using a pair of the Belden I/C's w/ bullet plugs with my MAX right now. I've also used the Canare I/C's and the Canare digital coax.

I'll be posting my impressions of several cables that I've tried recently (I'm calling it Cablepalooza) whenever I find the time to write up the review (I've got a backlog of about 3 or 4 right now).

I should note that I am enjoying the cables (Bleden/Neutrik I/C's) very much. They seem to be a pretty good match with the MAX, as they have a nice, neutral presentation. I have the impression that they are not as pronounced in the lower end as some of my cables, but I want to look into this a bit more before I post my final thoughts (reviewing cables is not easy!!!).

The Canare I/C's with Canare plugs are also good cables, and were the primary cables in my X-Can V2 rig for over a year. I will be using the digital cable for another week or so, until my MSB-Network upsampling-enabled DVD player comes back from MSB. It's a good buy, which compares very favorably to the Kimber Digital X cable that I used prior to buying a DSP.

I think the cables are a good buy for the price. I would encourage anyone who is curious about them to give them a whirl.

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I would consider making your own cables akin to cooking. You can have the exact same ingredients as a master chief but your results can end up different. There’s a certain level of experience and expertise involved in producing premium items, whether food or cables.

Check out:

http://home.att.net/~chimeraone/audiocable.html

Especially:

http://home.att.net/~chimeraone/audiolitzwirebraid.html

I’ve been experimenting with regular magnet wire of the same gauge until I get accustomed to working with it. I think this design philosophy has lots of potential.

Good luck and above all you’re the ultimate judge of what sounds good to you.


Mitch
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Originally posted by dd3mon
Yes.


Finding an unknown giant killer seems unlikely, especially in the inexpensive sector. -dd3mon
I would definantly try to contact James Hess at MagWires. He usually posts his interconnects on AudioGon for amazingly low prices. Not to mention that his cables are some of the best I have heard.

Just recently, I replaced $1200 worth of Kimber, Cardas, LAT Interconnect, Analysis Plus, IXOS and MIT cables with 7 pairs of MagWire Nakeds for $170 and couldn't be happier. These cables are down right incredible. I also plan on replacing my Kimber 8TC's and Space & Time speaker cables with more MagWires. To me, they can not be beat for the price at any price range within reason.

Check out my post of the mini review I gave the Magwires along with a little bit about me... http://www4.head-fi.org/forums/showt...0&pagenumber=2
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