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post #976 of 6133
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post


This isn't a DIY but I had access to two Tralucent Uber cable for the 1Plus2 at one stage. One had the ATL rhodium coated plug whilst the other a standard Oyaide gold plated. At that point I didn't think plugs would make such a big diff so when I heard the difference in sound, I complained to Gavin his Uber cable was inconsistent. He was quite insistent that they are the same (batch?? Roll??) and the only difference we could conclude was the plug differences. My sincere apologies for accusing him for inconsistency in his cables.

Since then I've stuck to Rhodium plated/coated plugs. However they see. To wear out quicker than gold plated.


I have been wondering why those Rhodium plated/coated plugs cost more, so I guess they must be better. Will probably try one to examine myself.

 

Thanks for sharing this info.

post #977 of 6133
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post


Since then I've stuck to Rhodium plated/coated plugs. However they see. To wear out quicker than gold plated.

That's odd. Rhodium is significantly harder than gold which is pretty soft. The rhodium should last longer unless the coat too thin or not actually rhodium.
post #978 of 6133
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Originally Posted by Kamakahah View Post


That's odd. Rhodium is significantly harder than gold which is pretty soft. The rhodium should last longer unless the coat too thin or not actually rhodium.

Rhodium is also more conductive than gold and copper but not quite as conductive as silver.  The reason its so popular and expensive is because it is so durable yet conductive.  

post #979 of 6133
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Originally Posted by Zashoomin View Post
 

Rhodium is also more conductive than gold and copper but not quite as conductive as silver.  The reason its so popular and expensive is because it is so durable yet conductive.  

 

Can you recommend a reputable 3.5mm plug plated with Rhodium? I think I bought one from Taiwan off eBay seller but that one is too big.

 

How about this one?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Oyaide-P-3-5-G-3-5mm-Stereo-Mini-Plug-90-degree-Straight-Jack-Plug-F-S-JAPAN-/121221630651?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c395f4abb


Edited by DMinor - 12/25/13 at 11:01pm
post #980 of 6133
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Originally Posted by DMinor View Post
 

 

Can you recommend a reputable 3.5mm plug plated with Rhodium? I think I bought one from Taiwan off eBay seller but that one is too big.

 

How about this one?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Oyaide-P-3-5-G-3-5mm-Stereo-Mini-Plug-90-degree-Straight-Jack-Plug-F-S-JAPAN-/121221630651?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c395f4abb

 

Wrong link maybe?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Oyaide-P-3-5-Straight-Rhodium-Plated-Mini-Jack-Plug-/231111136840?pt=UK_Computing_Sound_Vision_Audio_Cables_Adapters&hash=item35cf4c1648

 

After trying the ATL and as much as I like its looks, I have to admit it's not very durable. I was told that Oyaide is less durable but I should try it for myself. But I do have a Furutech FT-735 which hasn't been soldered up yet :-

http://www.vhaudio.com/images/furutech-ft-735.jpg

post #981 of 6133
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post
 

 

Wrong link maybe?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Oyaide-P-3-5-Straight-Rhodium-Plated-Mini-Jack-Plug-/231111136840?pt=UK_Computing_Sound_Vision_Audio_Cables_Adapters&hash=item35cf4c1648

 

After trying the ATL and as much as I like its looks, I have to admit it's not very durable. I was told that Oyaide is less durable but I should try it for myself. But I do have a Furutech FT-735 which hasn't been soldered up yet :-

http://www.vhaudio.com/images/furutech-ft-735.jpg

 

Yeah that was the wrong link.

 

Where did you buy the Furutech FT-735 from? Some other Furutech stuff sold at eBay seem pricey.

post #982 of 6133
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Originally Posted by DMinor View Post
 

 

Yeah that was the wrong link.

 

Where did you buy the Furutech FT-735 from? Some other Furutech stuff sold at eBay seem pricey.

 

Lucky for me but unlucky for you, I live in Tokyo so I just take a train or drive to Akihabara and pick it up there. Rather interestingly I picked these up from the Oyaide shop itself. Maybe Oyaide & Furutech have a closer relationship than competitors.

post #983 of 6133
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post
 

 

Lucky for me but unlucky for you, I live in Tokyo so I just take a train or drive to Akihabara and pick it up there. Rather interestingly I picked these up from the Oyaide shop itself. Maybe Oyaide & Furutech have a closer relationship than competitors.

 

It's sold here.

http://www.takefiveaudio.com/mall/shopexd.asp?id=1426

 

Not sure if it will make a difference for a LOD cable. I do have an excellent sounding DIY LOD, but I always think about improving it if possible and without breaking my bank. I know there are high-end 3.5mm plugs sold for a couple of bucks each, it makes me wondering .....  :)

 

Here is the one I bought off eBay seller. It's too big, and I guess it's fake or low quality then.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rhodium-Plated-3-5mm-1-8-Stereo-Audio-Connector-1-pcs-/251351656113?pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item3a85b9e6b1


Edited by DMinor - 12/26/13 at 12:52am
post #984 of 6133
I, as well as many others have been using VALabs rhodium plugs and although they seem a bit fishy. I can attest that their products are good quality. I have not tried the Furutech plugs as in my experience they have always cost more than the competitions in these parts of the world.

If someone can get theor hands on the furutech rhodium plugs, it would be nice to see a comparison with the Valabs plugs
post #985 of 6133

I actually bought a pair of the Valab Rhodium's. Tried one for my LOD cable but didn't notice any difference in sound from using other plugs. Because the Valab Rhodium is big, so I desoldered and transferred the wires to another smaller plug.

 

I may give it another try to compare with my current LOD. The Valab Rhodium actually looks in good quality tho.

post #986 of 6133
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Originally Posted by DMinor View Post
 

Does anyone hear sound difference between using different 3.5mm plugs? I have used various plugs for my LOD cables but so far I have not heard any difference in sound.

 

Just curious if you guys have the same experience.

Nope cable does...

post #987 of 6133

I could use a little help from my fellow Canadians here.

 

I've been looking for a supplier for lead-free bar solder.  US distributors typically wont ship even lead free solder across the border, and frankly I would prefer to not have to deal with any customs work/fees trying to get it across.

 

Has anyone here had any luck finding a supplier?

 

There are a few companies I've found, but some of them require large bulk purchases:

http://www.futureelectronics.com/en/technologies/production-products/solder/bar-solder/Pages/7668759-04-7068-0000.aspx?IM=0

 

Just wondering if there's been any positive experiences with a supplier.  I have a solder pot sitting without use.  All of the wire solder I have has a flux core which I've been warned can burst into flames if used in a solder pot...so...don't really want to risk that.

 

Thanks!

post #988 of 6133
Electrosonic is the choice in Canada... biggrin.gif

www.e-sonic.com/whatsnew/Kester-solder-flux-sale.htm
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post #989 of 6133
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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post

Electrosonic is the choice in Canada... biggrin.gif

www.e-sonic.com/whatsnew/Kester-solder-flux-sale.htm
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Thanks for that,

 

I've visited their site before, but it confused the hell out of me - I never got to product listings like that - just one giant page of text with product numbers.

 

Anyhow, this should do the trick, thanks TrollDragon!!! :beerchug:

post #990 of 6133
So, I want to DIY a cable like the one that came with the DX50, except with right angled plugs.



So, I found the right angled RCA plug, but I'm having a hard time finding a quality right angled mono plug.


Any ideas? And what cable would I need to use to make this happen? Cheers.
Edited by SkyBleu - 12/29/13 at 10:48pm
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