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post #1 of 6
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Hello head-fi'ers!

I've lurked into the forums for some months, but I still haven't found post about which cable you need to plug everything - I'm talking about type of cables, not the brand.

I'll probally do : Computer (SPDF OUT) - Matrix Cube - WA6 - HD650.

What type of cable would I need to plug every components?

 

Thanks

post #2 of 6

Hi Vinc,

 

I would recommend, from a student's low-budget point of view, to usa a usb cable from computer to the matrix cube.

In particular, the usb cable i use is the audioquest forest (about €40) or even better, the audioquest cinnamon (about €60).

 

From the Matrix Cube to the WA6, I'd go for the kimber cable, with your preferred rca plugs. (the kimber is quite expensive, but it's well-worth it, about €50 /meter)

 

And from then on, it's just your headphone plug.

 

One question, why would you use the computer's SPDF out when you have a USB DAC?

post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by Thetoroloco75 View Post
 

Hi Vinc,

 

I would recommend, from a student's low-budget point of view, to usa a usb cable from computer to the matrix cube.

In particular, the usb cable i use is the audioquest forest (about €40) or even better, the audioquest cinnamon (about €60).

 

From the Matrix Cube to the WA6, I'd go for the kimber cable, with your preferred rca plugs. (the kimber is quite expensive, but it's well-worth it, about €50 /meter)

 

That's kinda steep for a student's low budget point of view, even one with no student loans, when there's Monoprice for around $10 (heck, sometimes less than $5) per cable. :tongue_smile:

 

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Originally Posted by Vinc View Post
 

Hello head-fi'ers!

I've lurked into the forums for some months, but I still haven't found post about which cable you need to plug everything - I'm talking about type of cables, not the brand.

I'll probally do : Computer (SPDF OUT) - Matrix Cube - WA6 - HD650.

What type of cable would I need to plug every components?

 

It will be like this: Computer >SPDIF cable*> Matrix Cube >analog (pair of) RCA cables> WA6 >headphone cable**> HD650

 

*There are two kinds of SPDIF cables - there's Optical and then there's Coaxial (RCA) 75ohm. The Matrix has both, but we have no idea what your motherboard or soundcard has. Check it and see which one of these you'll need. - easy enough to see which one it is by checking the manual on it or on the Matrix Cube based on what it looks like on both.

**your headphones come with one of these; for detachable cables like that, the manufacturer sells replacements off their website or other retailers

post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by ProtegeManiac View Post
 

 

That's kinda steep for a student's low budget point of view, even one with no student loans, when there's Monoprice for around $10 (heck, sometimes less than $5) per cable. :tongue_smile:

 

 

It will be like this: Computer >SPDIF cable*> Matrix Cube >analog (pair of) RCA cables> WA6 >headphone cable**> HD650

 

*There are two kinds of SPDIF cables - there's Optical and then there's Coaxial (RCA) 75ohm. The Matrix has both, but we have no idea what your motherboard or soundcard has. Check it and see which one of these you'll need. - easy enough to see which one it is by checking the manual on it or on the Matrix Cube based on what it looks like on both.

**your headphones come with one of these; for detachable cables like that, the manufacturer sells replacements off their website or other retailers

There are many countries outside US that students don't have student loans. I think the price may be reasonable for some wealthy European countries. If you are saying buying cheap cables, ebay is a better place (monoprice cable are made from the same place).

For those who can afford a WA6, I think a good cable is needed.

post #5 of 6
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There are many countries outside US that students don't have student loans. I think the price may be reasonable for some wealthy European countries.

 

We don't either - you either get scholarships, or parents pay roughly $3,000 per semester (a lot less in other schools not run by hundreds of years old Catholic orders, or pretentious private corporations using Ivy League-sounding names); we don't really move out unless work takes us elsewhere (which includes "on the other side of downtown and I hate traffic") or get married. Yep, we're surprised that European students get money from their government just to travel, although we're more taken in by the disbelief in what squalid hovels they're willing to sleep in, let alone how we wouldn't stay in there for fear of getting stabbed or kidnapped - "dude, trust me, I'd rather spend a few more Euros on the inn downtown" is the kind of conversation one is likely to have. Kind of like how a British went too cheap with food and blogged that everything was disappointing, but we were more like, "that's like eating at greasy spoons and thinking all American food is just sloppy pancakes and wrinkled sausages."

 

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Originally Posted by gahung View Post
 

If you are saying buying cheap cables, ebay is a better place (monoprice cable are made from the same place).

For those who can afford a WA6, I think a good cable is needed.

 

Aside from Monoprice, we have some pro-audio stores (and a supply store selling stuff for EE students) selling cuts of cable from spools, 1m minimum, and we or the store tech solders on plugs. Kind of like buying a few meters of Starquad cables on eBay then soldering on Sennheiser pins and a 6.3mm plug, but with gas or train tickets/bus fare instead of shipping. Ever since using a DAC-HPamp I didn't need any more of these though (I did order one USB cable from Monoprice because it was much shorter at 0.66m).


Edited by ProtegeManiac - 8/11/14 at 10:12am
post #6 of 6

Yes I'm from Europe, but my university entrance fee for an entire year is around €600, which is perfectly doable for about every family with some sort of income. So yeah, a student on low-budget, with a passion for music can spend €500-€1000 for his own setup...

 

I'm from Belgium by the way...

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