Originally Posted by Okamoto
If there's one thing i'll never spend a cent on it, it's cables.
I'm yet to find a cable that makes any significant changes to the sound.
While cables are purely subjective, Matt has made a good point, though. If one wanted to add a bit more sizzle to a darker-sounding headphone, a silver cable would "nudge" the sound enough to open it up a bit. But, silver is pricey. To get a single strand of the Teflon-coated 99.9997% silver, it was $4.00 a liner foot the last time I checked, over a year ago. Plus, silver prices are not going anywhere but up.
I did have some experience with a silver cable a bit over a year ago. It was a silver cable on a custom pair of Grado SR-325i headphones in woody cups. Being that the Grado signature can already have some tingle at the upper frequencies, the silver cable wasn't really a good pairing, as it moved things a bit too far over the top. As a preference, I'm a copper guy.
Edit: Speaking of custom cables, I have some braiding in the loom at the moment. I'm creating a 7" pair of custom RCA interconnects for the span between the DAC and the amp.
Edited by wje - 1/30/13 at 1:25pm