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post #106 of 1364

After some patient waiting (nothing to do with Matthew, I ordered the cables before Matthew himself had received stock of it), I finally got my hands on my new IEM cable for my Shure SE846 and LOD cable for my Walkman F series to RSA Shadow.  These are both the new hybrid cable in 3D braid.  The build quality is superb, and I can't say enough about Matthew's customer service.  The shipping was quick, considering the product came from Poland.  Matthew was always quick to respond to my questions, and very helpful in his answers.  As soon as I opened them up, I did about 3-4 hours of A-B testing with the stock Shure cable. I wanted to do my damndest to make sure I wasn't experiencing a placebo effect. I am sure there is a difference between cables despite what others say. Now,  that being said,  it wasn't a night and day difference. What I experience with the hybrid cables is a bit wider soundstage, mids that sounds more detailed,  and smoother/better blended at the same time, and highs that have a bit better presentation,  and no loss of the wonderful bass these produce.  I will say there was no discernible change in bass with the cable switch,  but I will never go back to the stock cable. As a bonus,  I find this cable much more comfortable than the stock one.  Now on to the pics :) (sorry for cellphone pics, I don't have a better camera)

 

 

 

post #107 of 1364

Today i've got the usb lod and ic from Matt, of course they're very nice and sounds awesome :D

 

post #108 of 1364

I have got one of Matthew's great cable  to run my SD3 balanced. His cable are very neatly made and reasonably priced but sadly  I found it  far too stiff and thick  for IEMs. I hope he will come up soon with a lighter and more flexible option. 

The new Hybrid seems to have the same issue as the copper. :( 

 

 

post #109 of 1364

I actually find the stiffness to be perfectly fine with my CIEMs. I prefer a little stiffer than the softer ones. I think it really comes down to preference.

post #110 of 1364
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Originally Posted by skoog5600 View Post

I actually find the stiffness to be perfectly fine with my CIEMs. I prefer a little stiffer than the softer ones. I think it really comes down to preference.

Actually a reliable source Matthew tells me that he is now using a lighter and more flexible gauge 24AWG vs 26AWG for his new hybrid.
post #111 of 1364
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Originally Posted by skoog5600 View Post


Actually a reliable source Matthew tells me that he is now using a lighter and more flexible gauge 24AWG vs 26AWG for his new hybrid.

 

Yes, the hybrid wire is thinner than the copper wire he uses.  I have no problems with my hybrid wire as far as stiffness.  I actually find it to be more comfortable than my stock IEM cable.

post #112 of 1364
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Originally Posted by revolutionz View Post

Yes, the hybrid wire is thinner than the copper wire he uses.  I have no problems with my hybrid wire as far as stiffness.  I actually find it to be more comfortable than my stock IEM cable.

I was actually responding to someone else's post in which he said the hybrid was the similar issue as the copper, which as you said and Matthew confirmed it is thinner and more flexible.
post #113 of 1364

Good  to know, thanks. Now, I wish I had waited for the hybrid.

post #114 of 1364
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Originally Posted by zenpunk View Post

Good  to know, thanks. Now, I wish I had waited for the hybrid.

I have his copper cable and find it quite durable and ok when it comes to flexibility.
And I use it daily. Have ordered the hybrid.

Let's face it his price and quality are hard to beat.

He's replaced whiplash IMO
post #115 of 1364
Awesome copper cable usb mini to LOD and recabling ksc35.
Looking for hybrid cable soon.
post #116 of 1364
Hello, my first attempt at placing a comment, hope I have the right area to give my first impressions of Forza Cables ( I dont use computers much ) as most people have commented quality is first rate, seems slight improvement in sound quality, but so far only two albums played into Hifiman 400, using Lindermann D860 sacd into Woo WA6 with Sophia princess 274b, so look forward to bedding in, had cables made so can go balanced in future ( noir cable) any idea's for future amp? Looked at Firestone "Bobby " , Audio gd 6 , don't want amp with dac ( have two separate ones) if you are thinking about new cable for your headphones my experience with Matthew at Forza has been first rate . Many thanks Glynn
post #117 of 1364
For mini balanced fan.(^_^)
Claire Hybrid ICB
post #118 of 1364
Hello guys,
I'm a recent proud owner of a FAW Noir cable for my LCD-2. After reading your comments on this forum and some email exchanges with Matthew I was convinced that this would be the best option to replace the stock ones that got broken some weeks back (my son tripped over them).

As soon as they arrive I was amazed by the build quality and attention to details that Matthew put into it, simply amazing!

About the sound: they are now with almost 150h burning and the sound, deep and articulated bass are just perfect. This upgrade turned what is already an amazing headphones into something that I consider unbeatable at the same price (at least to my hears).

Thanks so much to Matthew for providing so much insight and excellent communication through out the process.

Now some pictures.

Regards.



post #119 of 1364
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Originally Posted by zenpunk View Post  I have got one of Matthew's great cable  to run my SD3 balanced. His cable are very neatly made and reasonably priced but sadly  I found it  far too stiff and thick  for IEMs. I hope he will come up soon with a lighter and more flexible option. 

The new Hybrid seems to have the same issue as the copper. :(

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Originally Posted by skoog5600 View Post  I actually find the stiffness to be perfectly fine with my CIEMs. I prefer a little stiffer than the softer ones. I think it really comes down to preference.
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Originally Posted by skoog5600 View Post  Actually a reliable source Matthew tells me that he is now using a lighter and more flexible gauge 24AWG vs 26AWG for his new hybrid.

 

For 24 AWG, I actually think FAW cables are perfectly fine in terms of stiffness. If you go even softer with LLD-PE insulation, you risk the dielectric properties not being as good, and in that case, you might as well stick with the thin PVC material like most stock cables... "better" PVC cables usually have pretty thick insulation --- think of the Furutech and Oyaide cables. In that case, they also need to be Kevlar-reinforced to keep torsion-related stresses to a minimum.

post #120 of 1364

Sorry, but I just cannot believe anybody would find the copper cable more comfortable and enjoyable to use:

 

 

By the way, Matthew is a real gentleman and offered to replace the cable with its new thinner 24AWG model, which I kindly accepted. ;)

 

PS: personally, I remain unconvinced cable make any difference to the sound. I only got this new cable because I needed a balanced one terminated with a TRRS jack.

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