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Wondering if anyone out there knows where to get the soft and malleable type of wire that can be used to DIY your own earphone cable? I've tried 30AWG cables off of ebay but they are still too microphonic. Does anyone know where to get cables that manufacturers get their hands on from? I've scoured the whole earth for them but Im still unable to find any...there has to be a supplier for them somewhere right??

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I apologize for being lazy and not finding the exact links for you, but the DIY Cable Gallery thread in the DIY forum has links to everything you ask for. I think most of the materials posts don't start until around page 300.

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Mogami: http://www.mogamicable.com/category/bulk/ultra_flex_mini/

 

Available many places, in the US, I like Markertek. 

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radioshack,home dept or amazon. i just use bare speaker wire for recabling. same thing as any other wire and cheaper. i use 18awg for my headphones that i re-cabled and just braided it best i could to make it more pleasing to the eye and also to give the cabling more strength. works well for me. if lucky and if it matters to you, your home dept might sell aome 18awg silver wire too. some odd reason mine does which is pretty cool if someone is into that. i don't really bother unless i get a sell on it.
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Ranking of microphonic generation

 

TELFON >> PE >> PVC

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Ranking of microphonic generation

TELFON >> PE >> PVC

in the real world, it doesn't matter when it comes to headphones or even speakers. i have headphones using basic speaker wire with pvc insulation and a headphone with teflon. do i have, or better yet notice any difference between them involving microphonics? nope. do they either have issues with it as well? nope. overall it shouldn't matter. get what you prefer or whatever is cheaper.
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He means microphonics as in transmitted physical noise from a headphone cable that bumps cloth, or zippers, etc. Some cables are noisier than others - and it can be distracting if you move about (e.g. IEMS on a commute). 

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I apologize for being lazy and not finding the exact links for you, but the DIY Cable Gallery thread in the DIY forum has links to everything you ask for. I think most of the materials posts don't start until around page 300.

 

Thanks. I'll just prop myself up tonight with a nice cup of hot chocolate as I pore through 300 pages of audio literature until the wee hours.

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Wondering if anyone out there knows where to get the soft and malleable type of wire that can be used to DIY your own earphone cable? I've tried 30AWG cables off of ebay but they are still too microphonic. Does anyone know where to get cables that manufacturers get their hands on from? I've scoured the whole earth for them but Im still unable to find any...there has to be a supplier for them somewhere right??

you can find some on their shop, http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=4392  i got some30awg wire from them,

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Where to get cables to DIY your own headphone/earphone cable replacement?

Wondering if anyone out there knows where to get the soft and malleable type of wire that can be used to DIY your own earphone cable? I've tried 30AWG cables off of ebay but they are still too microphonic. Does anyone know where to get cables that manufacturers get their hands on from? I've scoured the whole earth for them but Im still unable to find any...there has to be a supplier for them somewhere right??

 

Not sure about IEM cables, but for reference if it's for a full size headphone I'd search for Starquad 4-core mic cables on eBay. You can get them in shorter cuts off huge spools from some sellers there. Over here some retailers like pro audio stores sell shorter cuts (1m minimum), but not the better brands like Mogami. You just need to cut the jacket and undo the braiding for the Y-junction and redo the braiding up to each earcup if it's a dual entry type headphone; AKG K702 et al will only require soldering on the mini-XLR plug. These can be a bit heavy for IEMs though, although I'd bet the microphonics should be good (considering they're mic cables, and some performers jump around the stage with a wired mic).

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