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Steps to prevent cable degradation?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hey!
I recently purchased some UE Triple.Fis. I love these things, and I'm worried about the cord degrading. I read around the forums of peoples cables breaking and some "last ditch efforts" to fix them, but I was wondering if there's any advice that you could give me other than just to be careful with them to keep them in good shape. Maybe some tape in certain areas of the cable? IDK, any advice would be appreciated.
post #2 of 27
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Originally Posted by frsandstone77 View Post
Maybe some tape in certain areas of the cable? IDK,
Yes.











post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
hahahahaha, thats hilarious.
So nothing more "portable?"
post #4 of 27
Go wireless.
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post #6 of 27
I wouldn't follow Patrick's example too closely. His use of ERS paper is too frugal for my tastes.

If you're really worried about your cables, you can always add some shrink tubing to them as reinforcement.

A true audiophile would build a faraday cage for their listening room, with an individual cage for each component. ERS paper is like putting a bandaid on a severed limb.
post #7 of 27
Yes, Patrick's approach to the problem makes as much sense to me as an Amish space program.
post #8 of 27
Just treat the cables gently. When you store them, don't wind the wires too tightly. Actually, winding is bad overall. A loose over/under method is probably best. Clean them periodically, don't use any harsh solvents. Keep away from pets/babies/clumsy people. Mostly common sense stuff.
post #9 of 27
you can get a gps size(5"x4"x1") hard case for $3.50 shipped on ebay it will hold earphones, ipod and small amp(fiio e5) .alot of people look to upgrade from stock.their are many choices of wires,including making your own.
post #10 of 27
Patrick, I didn't know you used a RAL cable with your K1000's!
Great!
post #11 of 27
the amzing thing is patrick proves what he does. it is beyond my comprehension.

i'd like to take a bugatti veyron, cancel my insurance and drive it through a car wash with the windows open! thats about how much sense patrick's "mod's" make to me lol.

to the topic. i find my cables always become brittle and crack after about 5 years. it is a good way to go for an upgrade at that point. just use them and get new when and if needed. anything will make the iem cable bigger which you might not want.

however, there is a cable conditoner spray from dr. ducks i think(pro audio) that works miracles on touring cables. so it should work on headphones but it is slimey.

music_man
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by rosgr63 View Post
Patrick, I didn't know you used a RAL cable with your K1000's!
Great!
It is Nordost Valkyrja speaker cable which I have sliced thinner.

For K1000 I have tried stock cable, Stefan AudioArt Hardwired K1000 cable, Nordost Solar Wind speaker cable, Nordost Valkyrja speaker cable, Nordost Valhalla power cable. Each upgrade made a huge improvement.
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by Patrick82 View Post
It is Nordost Valkyrja speaker cable which I have sliced thinner.

For K1000 I have tried stock cable, Stefan AudioArt Hardwired K1000 cable, Nordost Solar Wind speaker cable, Nordost Valkyrja speaker cable, Nordost Valhalla power cable. Each upgrade made a huge improvement.
So which one did you like best?
post #14 of 27
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So which one did you like best?
Valhalla.
post #15 of 27
Learn a trick or 12 from Patrick, and your cable(s) may go a long way without degradation.

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