Originally Posted by Johnsonr520
Regarding the individual wires after desleeving, which are more flexible, canare l-e46s or mogami w-2534? I'm wondering if it's worth double the price. And these will be used sleeved through 550 cord
Originally Posted by Kamakahah
I have both at home. When I get home in a few hours I'll compare to refresh my memory and I'll post again.
Ok so I stripped a length of both. By "Canare l-e46s" I'm assuming you mean the l-4e6s.
You'll notice right off the bat that the mogami is thicker because the inner conductor wires are 24 awg instead while the canare seems to be a smaller 26 awg thought I cannot confirm it from the spec sheet.
Anyway, Both sets of conductors supposedly use the cross-linked PE insulation so that should be the same. However, when touching and bending them, it is clear that the mogami is softer and more pliable than the canare. Just as a secondary source I asked my wife to touch and bend both sets of conductors. Afterwards I took them away and asked which was more flexible; She said the Mogami. I let her feel again and she confirmed her initial answer.
I won't try and speculate why this is the case, but it's what I found.
The reason the Mogami cost more is likely due to it being a thicker cable (more material) and also the copper shielding instead of the the aluminium? shielding in the canare S version.
Now, that is simply a comparison between the two. In general, I find both to be fairly stiff and memory prone.
I've always been really impressed with some of the offerings from PlusSound. Specifically the regular 7N silver-plated copper that runs $1.50/ft very much surprised me with its flexibility and overall softness of the insulation. I picked up enough for a CIEM cable after feeling it. It uses PE as well, but for some reason feels quite a bit softer and much less memory prone and stiff.
They also have a copper version that boasts 75 strands. I really liked the flexibility it offered.
But both of those are quite a bit more expensive.
Personally I like to use the Canare L-4E5C mini version for most things. I think it fits well within the sleeving and the conductors appear to be 28 awg. They are thinner, and in turn more flexible than the larger version. It's $0.48/ft from Redco you don't lose much trying it.
Alternatively, I really like using the Mogami counterpart which is the W2893. It's $0.83/ft, quite a step up but still very reasonable. Like it's bigger brother, I find it a little bit more flexible and soft compared to the Canare counterpart. However, when the two are sleeved, you won't notice much of a difference if any.
I recommend that whatever you order to add on a few feet of the others to see for yourself. That's the reason I have these on hand. I prefer the mini cables, but those that you asked about are also very useful depending on your preference.