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Originally Posted by Arty McGhee View Post

i've been testing a cable made from the silk wrapped litz from that site on one of my grados for a couple weeks
its holding up well no silk coming off, it may fit the bill quite well its very flexible and soft to the touch

Good to hear. I have some from there on hand. Haven't been able to put it to use just yet. Waiting for the right job.
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Originally Posted by ZSamuels28 View Post

Is there any reason to use mini xlr over 1/4 mono for a balanced headphone setup? Thinking of modding my Beyers even further and putting a 1/4 mono chassis on each side of the headphones and using a dual 1/4 mono to stereo cable. So I guess comes two questions, would this improve SQ or should I leave the 3.5mm jack? Also if I do it will it matter if I use 2 mini xlr 3 pin or 2 mono 1/4?


I just recalled my Beyers with MCX connectors.  They work great.  Check out my post here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/71148/diy-cable-gallery/14460#post_11339174  If you want to try them and have any questions, feel free to PM me.

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Originally Posted by ZSamuels28 View Post

Is there any reason to use mini xlr over 1/4 mono for a balanced headphone setup? Thinking of modding my Beyers even further and putting a 1/4 mono chassis on each side of the headphones and using a dual 1/4 mono to stereo cable. So I guess comes two questions, would this improve SQ or should I leave the 3.5mm jack? Also if I do it will it matter if I use 2 mini xlr 3 pin or 2 mono 1/4?


I just recalled my Beyers with MCX connectors.  They work great.  Check out my post here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/71148/diy-cable-gallery/14460#post_11339174  If you want to try them and have any questions, feel free to PM me.

 

Techflex you used are awesome, can you pls give the link to buy.

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Techflex you used are awesome, can you pls give the link to buy.


I used the 1/8" for the smaller cables and 1/4" for the bigger ones.  Here's the link: http://www.redco.com/Flexo-PET-Techflex-Sleeving/

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For braids that result in more than 3 wires for a 3.5mm cable what do you do with the extra wires? I.E. if I do a 4 wire round braid, what do I do with the extra wire?

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Originally Posted by ZSamuels28 View Post
 

For braids that result in more than 3 wires for a 3.5mm cable what do you do with the extra wires? I.E. if I do a 4 wire round braid, what do I do with the extra wire?

Use two wires for the ground channel.

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What if I use 6 wires? 2 to each?
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What if I use 6 wires? 2 to each?


Yes. Symmetry is desirable (though technically it shouldn't make that much of a difference).

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Anyone here know how to get consistent 2 wire braids? Even with a power drill mine keep unraveling a bit so that there are tons of gaps and the size of twists is completely uneven.

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Originally Posted by drambit View Post
 

Anyone here know how to get consistent 2 wire braids? Even with a power drill mine keep unraveling a bit so that there are tons of gaps and the size of twists is completely uneven.

 

2 wires can't be braided, they can only be twisted. 

 

I'm having the same problem, having a hard time to make the twist stay as they were. I'm thinking twist and pull, hold at 2 ends (with vise), and use heat gun, maybe? But kinda risky, too much heat, and the rubber jacket will start to melt. 

 

Another option is maybe to use a transparent heatshrink tube to cover the whole damn thing. Cover and shrink when they're pulled tight with vise, and they should keep their shape. It will make the cables stiffer tho...

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The wrong way to twist is holding the ends tights with a vice/drill/whatever and turning it. "Twist" really is the wrong motion to use entirely, because what that does is physically twist the wire and it wants to untwist itself back to original state (think like you're winding up a big spring).

 

You should be simply passing the wires across each other repeatedly. Fix the wires at one end in a vice, then hold the wires one in each hand, pass over to the opposite hands pulling lightly after ever couple passes. This is much slower, but is really the only way to do it. What this does is get the wires to wrap around each other*, but not actually "twist" so now they won't try to unravel themselves.   You can control the amount of twist by the angle and how tightly you pull the ends.

 

*for those wondering, it's more of a bending that happens to move in a circular path, and the amount of energy stored in the bending is minimal and transverse to the longitudinal axis so it is all spread out, whereas the twisting stresses are all quite large and additive along the axis.


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