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So - are any of you guys running any aftermarket cables and are you noticing any difference?

 

Been pondering maybe a cardas or alo cable upgrade, or make my own with cardas or mogami.

 

The purpose would be to smooth out the highs a bit, and bring out the bottom end. If at all possible.

 

Any thoughts? smile.gif


No one?

 

Am I being completely ignored here?

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Double Helix Cables and Q-Audio Cables are my favorites.
post #5688 of 6594
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Double Helix Cables and Q-Audio Cables are my favorites.
What other cables did you try also?
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DHC sure seems nice! As does ALO - seems like a very similar product really.

 

I think as long as you get rid of the silver that's in the stock cable it should smooth out the harshness a bit, at least that's my guess.

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why do you think a copper cable changes the sound characteristics?

 

Instead I would either buy a colored amp (costs money) or use a software EQ (for free).

post #5691 of 6594

It doesn't. Get a V200 HPA instead of spending too much money on cables. V200 especially gives the HD 800 a great bottom end. 

post #5692 of 6594

How is getting a $1k amp spending less money?

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Armed with my HD 800's frequency response graph and a parametric EQ, I EQ'd my HD 800 to a flat response and the result is much, much easier on my hearing than the stock HD 800 sound. All the piercing highs are gone and there is more bass, and so far I'm finding the overall sound of the EQ'd HD 800 to be a more enjoyably visceral experience in relation to the stock HD 800.

 

Agree!
I also, sometimes, use the EQ, to soften the sound in the 6K range.
My current PWDII usually handles in this field well. For my prev. DAC it was really necessary.
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What other cables did you try also?

 

I'm having mixed feelings on the stock cable.  Part of me really likes it.  It's aesthetically as nice as any aftermarket, feels nice, and IMO if you're running with an EQ, sounds as good as any aftermarket.  Senn finally shook the curse of the horrible stock cables on this one.

 

On the other hand, maybe it's just because I'm spoiled by the ergonomic flexibility and light weight of the Q on my HE-6, but this thing is completely unmanageable.  It knots like crazy, won't hold shape when I try to ravel it for hanging it all on my Woo stand, and the thing springs around like it's made of rubber or silicone....probably because it appears to actually be jacketed in rubber or silicone and wrapped with a wire....

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I'm thinking the stock cables problem has more to do with it's thin gauge (28ish) more than the materials used. It seems a couple of members had good results with even a pure silver cable-which was also a thicker gauge. Would help to not choke off the bass, I'd imagine.

 

-Daniel

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On the other hand, maybe it's just because I'm spoiled by the ergonomic flexibility and light weight of the Q on my HE-6, but this thing is completely unmanageable.  It knots like crazy, won't hold shape when I try to ravel it for hanging it all on my Woo stand, and the thing springs around like it's made of rubber or silicone....probably because it appears to actually be jacketed in rubber or silicone and wrapped with a wire....

 

I actually have no issue with the stock cable in that regard.

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I'm thinking the stock cables problem has more to do with it's thin gauge (28ish) more than the materials used. It seems a couple of members had good results with even a pure silver cable-which was also a thicker gauge. Would help to not choke off the bass, I'd imagine.

 

-Daniel

 

Wow, it's 28awg while being that thick?  That's a lot of jacketing.... With EQ I haven't found bass to be choked off, but if what you say is true, 28awg for a ~10ft cable....I could see how something thicker might work out better.  Interesting.  You shouldn't go inspiring me to make more cable purchases like that.

 

On the other hand the stock is pretty biggrin.gif

 

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I actually have no issue with the stock cable in that regard.

 

Interesting.  I remember someone complaining about Denon stock cables and how they tangled like crazy...I never had a problem with tangling.  But on the HD800 cable, I get it knotting and tangling and simply not wanting to roll into a coil and stay there to hang it.  But it makes sense, it seems like the y-split must be the same type of jacketing used below...which is a rubber/silicone material.  And the whole thing does bend the same way as that kind of shape-holding stuff.

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Anyone tried the new Tellurium Q Listen amp yet? Trying to decide whether to give it a try or wait for the HDVA 600.
post #5699 of 6594
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Originally Posted by IEMCrazy View Post

Interesting.  I remember someone complaining about Denon stock cables and how they tangled like crazy...I never had a problem with tangling.  But on the HD800 cable, I get it knotting and tangling and simply not wanting to roll into a coil and stay there to hang it.  But it makes sense, it seems like the y-split must be the same type of jacketing used below...which is a rubber/silicone material.  And the whole thing does bend the same way as that kind of shape-holding stuff.

 

That's quite odd. I've heard the HD800 you had at a meet and had no issues with it and works the same way as my HD800 cable. The Denon is a completely different story since the sleeve is another material where it kinks a lot. Usually I don't have an issue with tangles since it could be the way that you coil it.

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According to 6 Moons-it's actually a 36awg cord/wire...yeah I definitely thing a thicker gauge could really help at that point!

 

-Daniel

 

edit: My former D2000's stock cord was one of my most hated things in my Headfi journey. A toss up between that and the K70x's gouging      headband bumps...


Edited by BournePerfect - 10/15/12 at 12:27pm
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