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That said, their cables are perfectly good. I have a Schiit USB cable, does the job just fine.

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That said, their cables are perfectly good. I have a Schiit USB cable, does the job just fine.

 

Last night, I hooked up the 6" Pyst cable like to wrong way around, and boy was that a fright.

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Last night, I hooked up the 6" Pyst cable like to wrong way around, and boy was that a fright.

 

Hopefully you're joking, but in case you're not - it doesn't matter "which way" interconnects are hooked up...

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Hopefully you're joking, but in case you're not - it doesn't matter "which way" interconnects are hooked up...

Sorry, i was joking smily_headphones1.gif even i don't believe in cable directionality.
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Sorry, i was joking smily_headphones1.gif even i don't believe in cable directionality.

 

Ok good, I wasn't sure 100% :D

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He is one!

Oh yeah? Well your mother's one too. I'll see you after school. mad.gif

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I've petitioned my city (they have an independent power plant) to run new high end power lines and only "clean" electricity to my home. The old electricity was quite dirty as evidenced by how much goo I was filtering out with all my inline filters and conditioners.

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Article about audiophile cable myth by McIntosh Audio Research director.

http://www.roger-russell.com/wire/wire.htm#introduction

I have more respect for their products now, although I think their amps are very expensive, but I guess not as bad some ridiculously priced ones out there.
This was a great read. Thanks!
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http://i.imgur.com/zC05iC1.png

 

Saw this in a hifi magazine. Must be really good 1's and 0's!

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So all the people who upgrade their headphone cables are wasting their time?
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So all the people who upgrade their headphone cables are wasting their time?

 

Not necessarily. If you want a sturdier cable, or a properly shielded cable (if the original cable is lacking), then "upgrading" the cable can serve a purpose. As far as sound quality is concerned though, unless the original cable has lots of microphonics for example, there will be no change whatsoever.

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So all the people who upgrade their headphone cables are wasting their time?

If part of the sales pitch is sound quality you should hide your money.  The instances of the cables being so poorly designed or fabricated improperly are rare in mainstream products.  YMMV at the dollar store.

 

I prefer to donate my dollars to legitimate charities.

 

SM

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Not necessarily. If you want a sturdier cable, or a properly shielded cable (if the original cable is lacking), then "upgrading" the cable can serve a purpose. As far as sound quality is concerned though, unless the original cable has lots of microphonics for example, there will be no change whatsoever.
You could also upgrade from a single ended cable to a balanced one for better sound quality, but that assumes that you also upgrade the amplifier to balanced as well (it's a circuit change and not just a wire change).
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You could also upgrade from a single ended cable to a balanced one for better sound quality, but that assumes that you also upgrade the amplifier to balanced as well (it's a circuit change and not just a wire change).

 

That and also your source, as for true balanced sound your whole chain needs to be balanced. But yes, for a balanced cable upgrade it can be worth it if you're not going to pay hundreds of dollars. No cable is worth that.

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You could also upgrade from a single ended cable to a balanced one for better sound quality, but that assumes that you also upgrade the amplifier to balanced as well (it's a circuit change and not just a wire change).


Balanced doesn't help sound quality. You do get slight gains going from a TRS connector to a connector that doesn't use a shared ground (since the shared ground connection on the TRS does lead to a bit of crosstalk, though almost definitely not at an audible level), but aside from that, there's really no benefit at all.

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