Back to HE-500 impressions and not Thai woman….
At this very moment I'm trying to take it off my mind. ugh.
I use the HE-6 balanced OCC on my HE-500. I didn't notice much difference from the stock cable sound wise(to be honest I usually don't notice much difference between cables at all), but it's much more flexible.
And as far as I remember, HE-500's stock cable is silver-plated copper, not pure silver. I don't like it because it's too stiff and very prone to microphonics.
I've only tried the stock one but I like them a lot. I've read that silver cables have a brighter sound has that been the case so far.
Stock is SPC.
My cable is mogami so it's OFC. At first I thought there was differences and sounded warmer than stock. After a few days and many tracks, I came to my senses ...
You can tell that I don't believe in HP cable magic by now, can't you?
If we had to put this number in percentages, how much would classify as "far" better? You must be any Hi-Fi shop owner's dream customer.
I received one of the batches with the HE-6 OCC cables and I don't find anything wrong with the sound and I'm quite sceptical about headphone cable upgrades. In my view they are more cosmetic upgrades. I'll probably end up making a cable myself if I'm in the mood for a DIY project in the future. I'll probably end up buying some 24AWG mil-spec wire and connectors and solder it all together and see what the fuss is about.
That is a long post without answering my question, but I appreciate your long and thoughtful response... My sincere apologies as well if I my comment offended you, it was very much meant as tongue in the cheek. I am sure that are giving the guys building your amp a torrid time.
The reason why I asked you the question is, because I had a toxic cable on order, but cancelled my order after waiting more than 5 months for mine and I thought that for the money that the sonic upgrade wouldn't be worthwhile. So your comment had me quite intrigued, but I wanted to know what a substantial improvement meant in your opinion in a way that I could understand it, to figure out whether I made a mistake or not?
You are welcome to give me tap on the Emotiva. My philosophy is always to buy gear with a high value for money factor. I am sure there are much better amps out there than the Emotiva, but for me it is a point of drawing a line in the sand on what is good enough and sticking to it and I also have far from perfect hearing. To get that extra 5% improvement adds a substantial amount of money into the equation. I have a lot of other interests beside Head-fi and have to divide my resources carefully between all those so each to his own. Being an electronics engineer of course means I view a lot of claims and statements with a healthy dose of scepticism.
It's going to be all right...........just breathe and relax......