Haha. I find OCC and OFC funny.
I hear no difference between them. (7N OCC vs Regular OFC).
each metal has its own conductance and resistance that gives it a certain sound, i doubt the more grainy OFC compare to the flatter OCC's will account to any audible differences even if using $100,000 gear.
If for say, using something like silver, it's obviously going to sound different due to conductance and resistance features. Might not be audible for everyone/every equipment.
I just find OCC a waste of money when OFC is way cheaper and sounds 99% the same, but hey, people are obsessed with moving up the ladder, that they'll waste hundreds for less than a percentage which might not even be audible.
If people use expensive Cryo OCC 7N/5N OFC, why not just go all out and get silver wires, that way you'll actually hear audible difference rather than placebo. Silver sounds too bright you say? then use OFC Copper for that "warm" sound. What? Not good as OCC? Really? Have you heard it? yeah yeah.. i bet.
Let's all go buy Monster Nitrogen injected HDMI Cables. They're probably be 1% better than a $2 cable from ebay. (for those who have photographic memory and can recall pixel/quality changes)
I just use a small table clamp. My method of braiding 8 involves laying the wires out in a large cross formation, two wires per arm, then criss crossing opposite pairs. Takes up a lot of space, but it's easier for me to keep track of what sequence I'm on that way.
The biggest difference I've ever noticed in cables was going from a steel cable to silver. Once I compensated for the volume difference due to lower impedance though, the differences became marginal to my ear. I could maybe pick up more if I were able to switch immediately back and forth, but that's not possible to do with a headphone cable short of rigging up a switch of some sort.
Ah, so you're doing it that way.
I've never heard a steel cable, so i can't comment.
One thing i hate is to test out headphone cables for differences. After listening to a song (or important parts) worth emphasizing on to test cable quality, during the switch process you usually forget the jist of how it sounded like and may make bad assumptions. I hateeee it sooo much. It makes you end up listening around 10x before you could make a clear decision lol.
Edited by cssarrow - 12/26/12 at 1:01am