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does quality matter for a 3.5mm male to male?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

I need a new detachable 3.5mm male to male cable for my urbanears zinken the cable it comes with is cool, one side is the big adapter type connector and the other side is 3.5mm and basically if you are plugging into mp3 player or iphone you use the basic 3.5mm into the device and the bigger connector on one of the ear cups, vice versa if your plugging into something that requires the big connector. I just don't care for one that is half coiled half straight like this cable, does it matter if the cable is only a few bucks? I also need one with inline remote but dont wanna pay $20 any recommendations

post #2 of 21

20bucks is a good price for the cable you're looking for. I wouldn't suggest anything cheap. Microphone quality is pretty bad if you go down that price, I haven't tried the meelectronic but its a good option whatsoever. 

 

http://v-moda.com/1-button-speakeasy-cable/

 

http://www.meelec.com/Headset_Cable_with_Remote_Mic_and_Volume_Control_p/cable-mic-bk.htm


Edited by squallkiercosa - 11/8/13 at 9:46am
post #3 of 21

in short yes. it does matter. i have tested a few different male to male mini to mini from the likes of whiplash,toxic,headphone lounge,silver,copper and silver plated copper, also stranded and solid core. different materials of the wires conduct differently and send signals imo faster with better conductors, also cleaner signals. also cyro treated cables gives you the ability for better flexability. imo plugs dont really matter i prefer viablue or oyiade both are excellent.

post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by Mooses9 View Post

in short yes. it does matter. i have tested a few different male to male mini to mini from the likes of whiplash,toxic,headphone lounge,silver,copper and silver plated copper, also stranded and solid core. different materials of the wires conduct differently and send signals imo faster with better conductors, also cleaner signals. also cyro treated cables gives you the ability for better flexability. imo plugs dont really matter i prefer viablue or oyiade both are excellent.

I second Mooses
post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 

can anyone link more headphone cables aside from the other two? with inline remote

post #6 of 21

If that is true for a very short cable then how do you explain that that cable component is about one hundred'th of the linear audio stream the headphone being the rest in the linear measurement (usually around a meter). Seems like having a chain with one very srong link in it makes it a better chain. It does not.

post #7 of 21

ALO AUDIO Pure Solid Silver 20AWG Ipod LOD 
Whiplash Audio Elite Twag Micro LOD
Whiplash SCSCag 24awg cryo'd silver UP-OCC with Viablue connectors
ALO Audio ''THE CRICKET'' Ipod LOD
ALO Audio Custom SXC SOLO Cables
Toxic Silver Poison 7n UPOCC Mini to Mini
Toxic Silver Poison 7n UPOCC USB To LOD
IBASSO CB08 Balanaced Interconnect 
ALO AUDIO Copper LOD
ALO AUDIO digital Lod to Mini A
Ibasso Balanced to Balanced
Toxic Silver Poison Hirose Balanced to RSA Balanced
Headphone Lounge Gold/Silver Female RSA To male Hirose in Purple Heart Wood Housing

 

 

well those are all the interconnects,mini to mini,balanced interconnects,copper,silver plated copper,pure siver,super annealed copper,stranded and solid core,rsa balanced,hirose,3.5, and digital and usb........ive covered all bases

 

i understand what you are saying. but the different materials the cables are made up with conduct differently. im not saying have a big link in a chain instead of smaller links to make a chain...what i am saying is links in the system connecting other components made up with different materials that conduct differently in turn yield different results. 

 

those are just my conclusions from having many different cables interconnects and in general rigs and A and Bing different product that contain different materials to see if any differences are yielded.

post #8 of 21

I have researched blind tests on cables there are a few to be found. In a blind test I have not found one that bares out that they make an audible difference, period! Its just marketing in my opinion. Audiophile bling. The emperor is naked. This is one thread there are very many. Save your cash Jam

 

 http://www.head-fi.org/t/486598/testing-audiophile-claims-and-myths


Edited by Steve58 - 11/8/13 at 2:15am
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by Steve58 View Post
 

I have researched blind tests on cables there are a few to be found. In a blind test I have not found one that bares out that they make an audible difference, period! Its just marketing in my opinion. Audiophile bling. The emperor is naked. This is one thread there are very many. Save your cash Jam

 

 http://www.head-fi.org/t/486598/testing-audiophile-claims-and-myths

 

 

So you are say:

 

Copper,Silver and Gold all conduct the same.

 

and you are also saying the speed of which conductivity occurs is the same per all 3 of those metals?

 

also what you are saying is the signals of all 3 conductors have the same sound quality because all 3 conduct the same.

 

and conductivity isnt a factor in sound quality becuase all conductors are created equal, thus create the same sound and produce the same signal, in turn creating no difference in sound quality.

 

 

here we go down the rabbit hole with objective and subjective reasoning.

post #10 of 21

Loose a little focus did we people???

 

OP is looking for a sub $20 cable for a pair of $99 headphones... So yes by all means pick up a Unicorn Hair cable that is at least twice the price of the headphones... Seriously? :rolleyes:

 

+1 The first answer of the v-moda cable is your wisest choice.

Monoprice sells some great cables to have a look there.

post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post
 

Loose a little focus did we people???

 

OP is looking for a sub $20 cable for a pair of $99 headphones... So yes by all means pick up a Unicorn Hair cable that is at least twice the price of the headphones... Seriously? :rolleyes:

 

+1 The first answer of the v-moda cable is your wisest choice.

Monoprice sells some great cables to have a look there.

does quality matter for a 3.5mm male to male?

not off topic, he wants to know if quality of the cable makes a difference. im not suggesting spending a ton of money on any cable. just mearly stating IMO subjectively it makes a difference of the quality in cable.

post #12 of 21

I would recommend the v-moda cable as well. Very good sounding for the price. It's a huge difference from a dollar store cable with high impedance. But the audible difference between good quality cables is very small.

post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by Mooses9 View Post
 

does quality matter for a 3.5mm male to male?

not off topic, he wants to know if quality of the cable makes a difference. im not suggesting spending a ton of money on any cable. just mearly stating IMO subjectively it makes a difference of the quality in cable.

Thanks for bringing that up to Headline 1 size...

 

I had read the topic, then saw the "dont wanna pay $20" and realized he wanted to know if the Dollar Store cables were any good or should he spend a little more...

I just couldn't understand why you would list all of your "Boutique" Interconnects... as an explanation of does quality matter?

Then the "Sound Science" foolishness starts and I am not suprised if the OP doesn't just ask his question in a new thread.

post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the input guys, I was mainly concerned with if buying some $5 aux cable is as good as a $15 v moda cable sonically. I just need something nice that doesn't tangle. I ordered a v meelecontrics one.

post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by jam3s121 View Post
 

Thanks for the input guys, I was mainly concerned with if buying some $5 aux cable is as good as a $15 v moda cable sonically. I just need something nice that doesn't tangle. I ordered a v meelecontrics one.

Excellent!

Glad you found a cable.

:beerchug:

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