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post #1501 of 6191

Put your multimeter on Ohm

 

One tip on the tip of the 3.5mm jack (as that is left) the other end on the main centre cable. Should read 0 or near.

 

Next put the tip on the sleeve of the 3.5mm jack, the other tip on the bare wire that should be ground.

post #1502 of 6191
Sorry if this question has been posed before, but I'm looking to make a DIY HE-500, 4 pin XLR cable. I already have 5 pairs of SMC connectors, a Valab/DHC CF 4 pin-XLR, and heatshrink. I'm now trying to find acceptable OCC cable for a decent price. Anyone know where I can find it at ~$1,00 /ft. or less? I'm thinking I'll need around 25 feet or so for a 4.5 - 5 ft. braid. If anyone is interested, we can do a bulk buy from DHC or other good suppliers for OCC at a reduced rate ($500 for a 330ft. spool).

But yeah, does anyone know of a good site to find nice, OCC cable?
Thanks!
post #1503 of 6191
Quote:
Originally Posted by semaj8james View Post

Sorry if this question has been posed before, but I'm looking to make a DIY HE-500, 4 pin XLR cable. I already have 5 pairs of SMC connectors, a Valab/DHC CF 4 pin-XLR, and heatshrink. I'm now trying to find acceptable OCC cable for a decent price. Anyone know where I can find it at ~$1,00 /ft. or less? I'm thinking I'll need around 25 feet or so for a 4.5 - 5 ft. braid. If anyone is interested, we can do a bulk buy from DHC or other good suppliers for OCC at a reduced rate ($500 for a 330ft. spool).

But yeah, does anyone know of a good site to find nice, OCC cable?
Thanks!

Only way to get prices that low is to buy in bulk from the manufacturer unless you have a personal in with one of the pro cable makers.  If you find OCC wire too much cheaper than $2 a foot, it probably isn't real.

post #1504 of 6191
Is there a significant, audible difference between TPC, OFC, uOFC and OCC? I never got a chance to listen to balanced, non OCC powered HE-500s, so I would like a second opinion.

Edit: I re-soldered the broken wire on the left HE-500 cable, but it looks a but ugly as I only could use heat shrink. Does anyone know what plastic sleeve is used on the normal cable endings?siqGmmB.jpg
Edited by semaj8james - 3/4/14 at 11:56am
post #1505 of 6191
Quote:
Originally Posted by semaj8james View Post

Is there a significant, audible difference between TPC, OFC, uOFC and OCC? I never got a chance to listen to balanced, non OCC powered HE-500s, so I would like a second opinion.

Edit: I re-soldered the broken wire on the left HE-500 cable, but it looks a but ugly as I only could use heat shrink. Does anyone know what plastic sleeve is used on the normal cable endings?

Significant?  No.  Anything audible will be very subtle.  I have used just about every material available to a DIYer and the only differences I have heard, I can't be sure that I didn't imagine.  Others believe or hear differently.

post #1506 of 6191
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Originally Posted by FraGGleR View Post
 

Significant?  No.  Anything audible will be very subtle.  I have used just about every material available to a DIYer and the only differences I have heard, I can't be sure that I didn't imagine.  Others believe or hear differently.

+1.  Whether you agree or disagree that cables, connectors etc make a difference is up to you but I think generally it is a concensus that if there is a difference is a very minor one.  

post #1507 of 6191

The difference is either a connector works properly or it doesn't. I've heard of connectors such as Viablue making such poor contact with mating connectors that they are detrimental to the sound. Aside from those kinds of cases, the only practical difference in connectors is physical dimensions and durability.

post #1508 of 6191

I tried it and lightly sanded the wire, but still no reading.   I have tomorrow off, so I will see if I can find someone in town that can check it for me.   Thanks for the help, I'll report what happens.

post #1509 of 6191
Quote:
Originally Posted by semaj8james View Post

Is there a significant, audible difference between TPC, OFC, uOFC and OCC? I never got a chance to listen to balanced, non OCC powered HE-500s, so I would like a second opinion.

Edit: I re-soldered the broken wire on the left HE-500 cable, but it looks a but ugly as I only could use heat shrink. Does anyone know what plastic sleeve is used on the normal cable endings?siqGmmB.jpg

 

maybe this one:

 

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by soundbear View Post
 

I tried it and lightly sanded the wire, but still no reading.   I have tomorrow off, so I will see if I can find someone in town that can check it for me.   Thanks for the help, I'll report what happens.

 

 

maybe your cable broken.

post #1510 of 6191
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Originally Posted by audiofreakie View Post
 

 

maybe this one:

 

 

 

 

What is the name of these oh so magical sleeves?

post #1511 of 6191

RCA sleeves will be too big for the hifiman connectors.

 

Look for gromets or whatever at a hobby/electronics store.

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post #1513 of 6191

Those are mold on covers, they require an injection molding machine and a mold. 

 

Your best bet is if you can find a version of the connector you have that has a sleeve strain relief and buy that. Probably replace both connectors.

post #1514 of 6191

Quick question from a noob:

 

I'm making a custom cable for my HE-500s using Mogami W2799.  I made a 6-footer, left the outer sheath in place and fed it through some paracord for the section below the Y split.  Now I'm planning to make a longer one and will discard the outer sheath and copper shield.  I've got a nice custom cable I had made (soon for sale! ;-) that seems to have braided wires inside the sleeve (below the split).  I love the weight and suppleness, thus my plan.

 

My question is, what are the benefits, if any, of braiding the four wires vs. leaving them nicely twisted, as they are?  I've sacrificed a couple feet in order to practice braiding and check the fit into the paracord, and that gave rise to the question.  The only benefit that comes to mind is that the braid won't come unraveled as the twist might, but does that matter.

 

Thanks for any replies, and in general for all the great lessons I've learned from this thread.

post #1515 of 6191
Quote:
Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

Quick question from a noob:

 

I'm making a custom cable for my HE-500s using Mogami W2799.  I made a 6-footer, left the outer sheath in place and fed it through some paracord for the section below the Y split.  Now I'm planning to make a longer one and will discard the outer sheath and copper shield.  I've got a nice custom cable I had made (soon for sale! ;-) that seems to have braided wires inside the sleeve (below the split).  I love the weight and suppleness, thus my plan.

 

My question is, what are the benefits, if any, of braiding the four wires vs. leaving them nicely twisted, as they are?  I've sacrificed a couple feet in order to practice braiding and check the fit into the paracord, and that gave rise to the question.  The only benefit that comes to mind is that the braid won't come unraveled as the twist might, but does that matter.

 

Thanks for any replies, and in general for all the great lessons I've learned from this thread.


None other than aesthetics.

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