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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UePtoxDhJSw

 

If I had to pick, I'd probably go with the cardinal and beige for my alma mater...

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If I had to pick, I'd probably go with the cardinal and beige for my alma mater...


Great choice! I love Alma Mater!

 

 

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post #33 of 172

Your site needs to say very clearly at the top:

 

"Attention Sports Fans!"

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Your site needs to say very clearly at the top:

 

"Attention Sports Fans!"


HA!

 

Thanks, Peter! That made my morning!

 

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post #35 of 172
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Resurrecting this thread.  I recently got HE-6 cables made by Steve Eddy from Q (http://www.q-audio.com/).  His website is currently in need of an overhaul, but if you send him an e-mail (steve@q-audio.com) requesting specifics, he should be able to accommodate you.  He provided me with the headphone cable, a variety of adapters for use with different rigs, as well as a pair of RCA interconnects.  There are bunch of unlisted cable colors, so once again I'd e-mail and ask.  I'm not certain of how accurate the pricing information on the website is, having ordered via e-mail, but Steve will give you a quote based on what you're asking for.

 

The most obvious advantage of the cable over the provided stock cable is the ergonomics.  The Q cable is extremely light and lacks the stiffness found in the stock cable.  Make no mistake, though, the cable is highly durable.  In order to assuage my own doubts, Steve performed a few strength tests at my behest [pulling wishbone-fashion on the Y-split, as well as towing a car 10 feet (not a joke)], and the cable remained unscathed.  The cable also sounds excellent.  I'm not going to compare the aftermarket cable to the stock cable in terms of sound quality, as the risk of the thread degenerating into a debate on whether cables matter to sound or not may ensue.  However, I can say that the Q cable sounds at least as good as the stock cable (which is of a fairly high quality as well).

 

Steve is excellent with communication, and backs his cables with top-notch customer service.  I was having a minor issue with the cable, and suffice it to say, it was quickly resolved.

 

Just to make it clear, I am in no way affiliated with Q.  I'm just a guy who was looking for a great aftermarket cable and found it.

 

Thanks Steve!

 

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I would love to know how much you paid for all those...

 

post #36 of 172

Could anyone help me to identify the connectors (similar to SMA for RF) and crimp tool to make our own cable?

 

Thanks!

 

EDIT:  found it.  It was SMC RF connector.


Edited by dukja - 7/13/11 at 9:40am
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This and it arrives tomorrow.  The HE-6 requires far greater current for that tiny RF connector not to be a bottleneck.  So, I have asked Craig to hardwire it, which required drilling out the cups to bypass it and replace the not-so-good internal driver wiring as well.  My plan is to have the HE-500 modded the same way, not necessary because of the same reason, but for consistency.  Can't wait to hear this with the Dark Star.

 

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So did you hear any improvement? popcorn.gif
 

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This and it arrives tomorrow.  The HE-6 requires far greater current for that tiny RF connector not to be a bottleneck.  So, I have asked Craig to hardwire it, which required drilling out the cups to bypass it and replace the not-so-good internal driver wiring as well.  My plan is to have the HE-500 modded the same way, not necessary because of the same reason, but for consistency.  Can't wait to hear this with the Dark Star.

 

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post #39 of 172
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So did you hear any improvement? popcorn.gif

 


"Our cables are so good, you can hear the improvement even before you get them!" biggrin.gif

 

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post #40 of 172

Which aftermarket HiFiMAN cable tecnically resembles (copper purity, resistanse and inductance / capacitance) the original HE-6 cable best?

post #41 of 172
Another recommendation for the Q-Audio cable. I have not taken in out of my HE-6 since putting it on. Looks nice, nice and light, and I felt it was a nice improvement in both transparency and smoothness over the stock cable.
post #42 of 172
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"Our cables are so good, you can hear the improvement even before you get them!" biggrin.gif

 

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LOL. Don't you just love the people who read only half of what is posted.

 

post #43 of 172
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LOL. Don't you just love the people who read only half of what is posted.

 


Awww, I ain't bustin' his chops or anything. I usually just skim through posts here myself and have overlooked a detail or two. I just couldn't resist a good-natured, smart-assed reply. biggrin.gif

 

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post #44 of 172

Steve,

are the fabric jackets spun from the color threads clients select or do you just have a lot of wire in stock?

Thanks.

post #45 of 172
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Steve,

are the fabric jackets spun from the color threads clients select or do you just have a lot of wire in stock?

Thanks.


We keep stock on four standard colors; black, dark brown, golden yellow and unbleached natural cotton. However we can also do cables in any of these colors (or combinations) on a custom order basis:

 

http://www.q-audio.com/threads.html

 

For custom colors there is a $40 surcharge and the lead time can be 2 to 4 weeks depending on how busy our braiders are at the time we place the order.

 

Ultimately we can do custom color matching but that would require buying an entire dye lot of thread which is rather expensive.

 

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