Originally Posted by skeptic
Originally Posted by cute
Great, an attorney accusing a 68 yr retired guy of trolling......you sniffed me out, LMFAO!
They are not aftermarket cables, they be DIY!
I didn't think your whole post was trolling, just the quoted sentence! Irrespective of age or profession, anyone who has been around these forums for a while, and who accepted your invitation to view your profile, is likely to react in a similar manner. After all, you made a rather self-aggrandizing statement about your gear and an appeal to authority that turns out to have been pretty dubious.
As a fellow diy fan, I do applaud the cables you built yourself, but to be fair, many of those listed in your profile are, in fact, commercial cables, per your own designations of what were diy. You've got the skills. Why not flip some of the excess cables and try your hand at a good diy amp or dac?
Since I found how to use speaker taps, and tried them with my HP's, I found that I have some very good amps sitting right in front of me.....two Denon AVR's, one with BB DAC, 8 channel, and another one Denon 4800 AVR (one of the best sounding that Denon has made, with AD DAC 8 channel. I also have a very nice Tube amp with some very, very nice NOS Mullard CV4035's, and Mullard EL84 power tubes, valued at $1500 with the tubes and custom AC power cord. My DAC us the Jolida FX Tube DAC, BB 1795 chip w/Brimar CV4035 NOS tubes, fed through my AVR's to any one of three amplifiers.......so, it actually took some DIY skill to setup the speaker taps, build power cords, etc. So I have been busy DIY and modding. The real key to my digital setup is Windows 8.1 running jRiver MC 18 and JPLAY, as well as the iFi Micro IUSB, IPurifier, and ILink in the chain with some very good cables. No way am I going to change any of this for a very long time. I am retired with fixed income, just trying to make the best of the resources that I have and can afford. Found out about using the speaker taps from the Hifiman guys here on headfi. And I found the Alpha Dog on Doublehelixcables Facebook page, where Peter planted the idea in my head about how the Alpha Dog HP scales up to near LCD 3 sound with an aftermarket cable. I have been building cables for the past two years with the best materials I can find, some 4 wire, some 6 wire, some 8 wire, and combining two different materials in one cable...........all this is paying off for me. A lot of headfiers purchased cables that I had built for myself, so that I could purchase more different wire to try the different combinations. I have succeeded in persuading myself that cables do sound different from one another, mission accomplished in 2014. Now I can focus on moving up the chain with headphones, can't wait for the new Hifiman's, but for now I am dealing with the Alpha Dog, which totally surprised me, blew my mind how good they can sound with a very good cable/cables. I love a big, wide soundstage, open back HP. I am getting that sound from a closed back phone that I consider a Flagship developed by a very capable entrepenuer! Thanks Dan for all of your work!
Edited by cute - 3/8/14 at 3:02pm