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In you opinion, what's the best cable for the Alclair reference monitor, preferably under $150
post #512 of 643
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Originally Posted by kenman345 View Post

No reviews that I am aware of yet have the latest wire type from Chris_Himself. You may wish to wait if you were hoping for more flexibility with Chris_Himself cables. I know it's supposed to be more flexible but havent read any reviews about it yet.

Yeah, which is totally fair. I went ahead and pulled the trigger on some from Chris (balanced for my sexy new RSA Intruder), so hopefully it's the new wires and they're at least as good as the old ones with improved ergonomics. If I'm lucky, they'll show up soon (my stock cable is full of fail at the moment) and I'll gladly toss up my thoughts when they show up. I'm also tempted to buy the TWag v3 on top of it, then try to sell off the one I like the least.
Edited by Juvenall - 11/12/12 at 1:01pm
post #513 of 643
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Yeah, which is totally fair. I went ahead and pulled the trigger on some from Chris (balanced for my sexy new RSA Intruder), so hopefully it's the new wires and they're at least as good as the old ones with improved ergonomics. If I'm lucky, they'll show up soon (my stock cable is full of fail at the moment) and I'll gladly toss up my thoughts when they show up. I'm also tempted to buy the TWag v3 on top of it, then try to sell off the one I like the least.

If your name is Brian, yeah we gotcha taken care of bro.
post #514 of 643
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Originally Posted by randomkid View Post

In you opinion, what's the best cable for the Alclair reference monitor, preferably under $150

 

I tried the TWag V2 with the Alclair Reference and the improvement to the soundstage and presentation was quite large, but it will depend on the tracks and source.  The space becomes much more 3D and the overall quality of the presentation takes a good step up with more smoothness and air.  

 

As far as the Chris_Himself cables, I don't have the new ones, but the old one with solid wire performed close to the TWag.  I would have tried the Arete, but the shell connectors don't work with the recessed sockets on my Reference.

post #515 of 643
Sounds like I'll get a chris himself cable, or make my own with toxic cables SPC
post #516 of 643
I have a new Chris himself (headphone lounge) cable for sale in my sig, not sure what its worth but make me an offer smily_headphones1.gif.
post #517 of 643
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Originally Posted by average_joe View Post

As far as the Chris_Himself cables, I don't have the new ones, but the old one with solid wire performed close to the TWag.  

Thats quite a complement, thank you Joe.
post #518 of 643
My new Chris_Himself cable came in today, but sadly, my JH16s are off at JH Audio's lab for repair (slight channel imbalance and a well needed cleaning), so I don't have much to contribute in regards to sound quality just yet.

For the build, however, the cable feels very thoughtfully constructed; no half-assed work here. Against the stock cable, it is ever so slightly thicker, but not out of place or bulky. I don't have enough knowledge to know if this is the result of my choice of a balanced connection or not, but I can say this extra thickness won't bother me one bit. In fact, the difference so small, I wasn't even sure it was worth mentioning here. It does feel a good bit more rigid than the stock cable in that when dropping the connection end against my shirt, it's not as fluid, but still falling generally where I'd expect it to. The ear guide/memory wire portion is quite a bit longer than the standard stock cable from JH Audio. I'm betting that'll be a nice bonus, too, but I can't say for sure until my 16s come back and I can fully try it out.

For aesthetics, the "Silverray" is far brighter in color tone than I was expecting, which for me, is a positive thing. I feel it really gives the cable a great look, even though it won't really match the darker tones of my 16s. I suppose more cable coloring options would be nice, but given the price point, I'm not going to complain one bit here. Speaking of expectations, the wood y-splitter and cinch (an oblong cylinder and skull, by request, respectively) were far smaller than any of the pictures implied. This was one of my big fears around this cable as I was expecting these items to be a bulky pain to deal with. instead, they share a footprint on par with a US dime and give an otherwise great looking cable a little splash of awesomesauce.

The cable aside, from order to delivery it took less than a week for it to show up. Considering the nature of this type of work, that's damn impressive in my book. Chris was pleasant to deal with, but considering expectations with email, was very slow to respond (a day or more). To be perfectly honest, part of the reason I was asking about another cable in this thread was Chris's slow-ish reply to my initial email (to be fair, it was a weekend and where I work, emails are returned in hours, so my bar may be too high). Thankfully, Ted, the cable maker, noticed my post, and once I sent him the info, got right to work and was extremely responsive, knowledgeable, and friendly. He had my cable ready for me fast and shipped it off just as quickly. If Chris could step up his game a little here, I see no reason why anyone wouldn't pick up one of these cables.

For now, I'm stuck with a well built, great looking cable that I can't use until JH Audio sees fit to send my IEMs back, but my experience with Chris/Ted/HeadphoneLounge thus far has been great and if the quality reviews on the old cable hold with the new material, this will be an awesome addition to my growing high end collection.
Edited by Juvenall - 11/16/12 at 10:48am
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I just got Toxic Cables Scorpion cable, the 24 AWG version, and I am very impressed. This is definately my favorite cable for my JH16, and Ive tried the Whiplash Twag V2, Headphone Lounge solid core cable, Headphone Lounge Copper cable, and the Headphone Lounge Hybrid.  I also have experience with DHC Nucleotide cable, and the Null audio Arete and Lune cables. The increase in clarity, SS depth, and details in the all frequencies is impressive. I'm definately a fan of Toxic Cables now! I really like the thicker guage of the cable, and it very much eyecandy, very well braided and quite flexible for such a large guage.

 

The flexibility is great I've read some reviews that said it was stiffer than the Twag V2 Eclipse but I find it to be the same in flexibility. It's a lot more flexible than I thought it would be given its a thicker cable.

 

Ive done some more critical listening with my Scorpion, it by far has the most bass impact and quantity of any cable I have tried. It still retains the texture, headroom, and detail in the bass that I love about my JH16. The soundstage depth definately adds to the note thickness and there is a liquidity that is added to the midrange that I didn't notice before. I generally prefer a very neutral midrange, but the midrange is definately sweetened up in a good way. Treble has a little better extension and sparkle. All this with gains is SS width, depth, and clarity increase. I'm thinking about getting an over the head set of headphones just so I can fit it with a Scorpion lol.

post #520 of 643
so my triple.fi 5 cables finally gave out on me and I'm looking for replacements, but I haven't seen much mention of durability.

Anyone use 3rd party cables for commuting and have to coil/uncoil them twice a day? My UE cables maybe lasted 9 months from doing this and stuffing them into a Shure case :-P

If anyone gets Chris/Headphonelounges new cables w/ the stranded wire, please post a report as well...from the solid wire version's review, they sounded like a good candidate though reliability might be worrisome if the review copy had issues...missed hyogen's cable sale posting by a week :-(
post #521 of 643
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Originally Posted by kenyee View Post

so my triple.fi 5 cables finally gave out on me and I'm looking for replacements, but I haven't seen much mention of durability.
Anyone use 3rd party cables for commuting and have to coil/uncoil them twice a day? My UE cables maybe lasted 9 months from doing this and stuffing them into a Shure case :-P
If anyone gets Chris/Headphonelounges new cables w/ the stranded wire, please post a report as well...from the solid wire version's review, they sounded like a good candidate though reliability might be worrisome if the review copy had issues...missed hyogen's cable sale posting by a week :-(

 

Durability depends greatly on usage including pulling, twisting, etc.  While the Arete cable may be thin, the over braid should provide some good protection.  I haven't seen the new CH cables which might be great, but my experience with solid core wire (I used to make solid core silver LODs) doesn't make me feel as strongly about the durability as stranded wire.

post #522 of 643

CH wires should be nice and more durable than ever considering the stranded wires inside it over the solid thick core they used to have. Still yet to see any reviews of them yet. 

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Originally Posted by average_joe View Post

Durability depends greatly on usage including pulling, twisting, etc.  While the Arete cable may be thin, the over braid should provide some good protection.  I haven't seen the new CH cables which might be great, but my experience with solid core wire (I used to make solid core silver LODs) doesn't make me feel as strongly about the durability as stranded wire.

kenyee, if you didn't already know, check out the link in my signature for a list of all aftermarket IEM cables, any cables are out there and I have links to reviews for each cable, where reviews exist that is. 

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I have an old Chris_Himself wire and for the price, it was a great deal. It was pretty hassle-free experience putting in the order and getting them too. I agree with Average_Joe, it's a great wire to grab if you want to step out see if this whole "wire" business does anything for your ears. The old solid wire was a hassle, but it made my JH16 sound noticeably better from the stock cables. It got to the point where I didn't want to hook my stock cables back onto the JH16 despite the care that had to be taken of the solid wire! (Granted, the length I ordered was too long to be reasonable on the move, it was more for desk work.)

 

The 'problem' is that I started looking for a bigger fix. That is why I recently received a V3 Hybrid 8 connector from Whiplash Audio... Craig was very helpful and friendly through the whole order process, and his replies were prompt even as he was snowed under with V3/Au wire orders. I want to say, this Hybrid wire really opened up my JH16 in a whole new way. It was expensive, but an expense that was worth it to me. I was questioning whether it would be, but that was before I hooked it up to my JH16. Unfortunately it makes me want to get an NT6... This wire must be a great conductor as I have to use a lower volume with the same CIEM for the same amount of sound... I'd go on, but Average_Joes review on page one is better than mine could be. If you want one "super wire," the V3 Hybrid is definitely worth considering...

 

I'm not associated in any way with Whiplash or Headphone Lounge, but both of these wires have improved my audio experience so I wanted to give a shout out to both of them.
Thanks again for this thread Joe.

Cheers guys~! beerchug.gif
Now back to the listening~

 

post #524 of 643
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Originally Posted by kenyee View Post

so my triple.fi 5 cables finally gave out on me and I'm looking for replacements, but I haven't seen much mention of durability.
Anyone use 3rd party cables for commuting and have to coil/uncoil them twice a day? My UE cables maybe lasted 9 months from doing this and stuffing them into a Shure case :-P
If anyone gets Chris/Headphonelounges new cables w/ the stranded wire, please post a report as well...from the solid wire version's review, they sounded like a good candidate though reliability might be worrisome if the review copy had issues...missed hyogen's cable sale posting by a week :-(

I'm on the same boat. I actually decided to buy a pair of Monster iSports instead of a new replacement cable (or the Klipsch X10), because I primarily use my IEMs for working out. Finally got around to testing the iSports and it is plain junk. Feels cheap and plasticky and the sound, although decent (better than stock Apple buds), is nowhere near compared the the TripleFi. However, I will say that I love the stock cable from it. It's super light, super thin, and no-bs tangle free. With that going away and the X10 returning to normal price, it looks like I'll be considering buying a replacement cable again.

 

I've been doing alot of reading/researching and probably order from Chris. I just have a bunch of questions about specifics that I haven't gotten around to asking yet. (taking the LSAT in two days...)

post #525 of 643
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Originally Posted by average_joe View Post

Durability depends greatly on usage including pulling, twisting, etc.  While the Arete cable may be thin, the over braid should provide some good protection.

Think the Arete w/o the black overbraid shield would coil up into something 2.5" diameter and .75" high? I have an old Shure PA235 travel case I stuff the TF10 into. CH doesn't think the new cables would be able to be coiled up that small :-(
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