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Long extension cables causing distortion?

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I have a 15 foot long headphone extension cable. I cant remember where I bought it but it was from a reputable dealer not a cheapie cable. It has a female 1/4" jack on one end and of course a male 1/4" plug on the other. It seems here lately that I hear distortion like ragged bass and other such fuzziness. I plugged my phones directly into the preamp w/o the cable and its much better. Can a cable "go bad" and start sounding like poo? Maybe the jacks are not connecting well or getting worn or something? Has anyone else experienced this?

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Dirty and damaged contacts & connections are always a problem with headphone cables.
 

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I have a 15 foot long headphone extension cable. I cant remember where I bought it but it was from a reputable dealer not a cheapie cable. It has a female 1/4" jack on one end and of course a male 1/4" plug on the other. It seems here lately that I hear distortion like ragged bass and other such fuzziness. I plugged my phones directly into the preamp w/o the cable and its much better. Can a cable "go bad" and start sounding like poo? Maybe the jacks are not connecting well or getting worn or something? Has anyone else experienced this?

Started sounding like poo?

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What speedskater said makes sense.
Edited by Chris J - 12/27/12 at 4:55am
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Dirty and damaged contacts & connections are always a problem with headphone cables.
 


It's a problem for all audio cables.

 

Yes length of the cables matters. Shorter the better for audio / video cables.  Power cord is a whole different matter. The longer the better.

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If you need an extension, get the DiMarzio Big Red.  It's very well made, and it sounds great to these old ears!

 

http://www.headphone.com/accessories/dimarzio-big-red-headphone-extension-15ft.php

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Cleaning the connectors, especially the female should help. Cables do have a flex life, too many flex cycles and the copper fails mechanically which severely degrades conductivity through the cable. I made myself a nice 15' extension out of Canare star quad and Neutrik jacks, wouldn't know if it was in use or not. Even has a nice woven nylon fabric sleeve.

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