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multiple conductor cables to a #26 gauge feed wire?

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I have my HE-6s disassembled for mods and was looking at the very small feed wire coming from the cable connection to the panel connection. I was going to upgrade my headphone cable but seeing this small wire has me debating the investment. For those with the experience, why bring in a multi conductor wire to strangle it down to a single small gauge wire? Why not use a small gauge wire throughout? I know we are bringing in as much signal as possible with the multi conductor cable but then can the benefits be heard using that small gauge?
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There are two factors in a wire to consider. Length and diameter.  So the longer the wire the greater the diameter needs to be.

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Or to put it another way, the resistance of a very short length of a small gauge wire will likely be far less than a long length of a larger gauge wire. The resistance of a pair of 26 gauge wires three inches long is only 0.02 ohms. The resistance of a pair of 20 gauge wires ten feet long is about 0.2 ohms, an order of magnitude greater. To put it yet another way, it's nothing to worry about.

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