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AudioMinor Impressions Thread

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After I bought my dream setup of Audeze LCD-3 and Bryston BHA-1 I searched for a new cable for my Audeze. After I started a search over google I coincidentally found an ebay Shop AudioMinor (http://stores.ebay.com/AudioMinor). AudioMinor making different cables for years and offer cables for portable setups, interconnect, diymod service and also headphone cables like the Audeze cable which I need. I started to contact the company and had a very friendly communication with Bogac Tekman so in the end I decided to order the cable.

 

I want to start this thread with a little review (my first review here in the forum) about the Audeze cable and hope that other people can also post their impressions of the Audeze cable or other AudioMinor cable.

 

AudioMinor offer the Audeze cable in different lengths with different plugs. Because I wanted to go to a full balanced setup I decided to buy it with a 4 Pin XLR plug in 10 feet length.

 

 

 

 

Build & Look:

 

The cable is made from 99,99% pure cryoed 20awg four braided copper wire. It is really flexible and has a PE insulation. The two 4 pin mini XLR female plugs are gold plated and the 4 pin XLR plug is a Neutrik plug. All plugs are also cryoed.

 

The build quality is very good and it looks great especially in combination now with my LCD-3 it is an eye catcher!

 

 

 

Sound:

 

Before I tested the sound quality of the cable I first burned it in for about 24hours. The first impression after burn-in was wow, what a clean and punchy sound with a sense of air. But we all know that first impressions are nonsense when you don’t make a direct comparison and so I take a few test songs and compared the stock cable with the AudioMinor cable.

 

My test songs:

Jethro Tull - Aqualung

Haken - Atlas Stone

Dream Theater - Awake

Depeche Mode – A Question Of Lust

Queen - The Miracle

Brothers In Arms - Money For Nothing

 

Overall the sound quality is a step up from the stock cable ADZ-6 with 4 pin XLR plug. Switching back from the stock cable to the AudioMinor cable makes an improvement in an overall cleaner sound. The bass region with the stock cable is already very good. But with the AudioMinor it is also an improvement in better bass detail. The sonic signature of the LCD-3 doesn’t touch and that is good. It is not a huge step from the stock cable but the differences are noticeable. In the end I’m very happy with the AudioMinor cable.

 

 

Summary:

 

I think for the money the cable is a good deal! In the standard configuration with 5 feet length it costs 130$ (shipping free!). If you are looking for a new not too expensive cable to reach a higher level with your Audeze in Look&Sound I can recommend the AudioMinor cable.

 

Additional photos of other AudioMinor cables are available here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/audiominor/

 

Thank you for reading my review!

Arminius


Edited by Arminius - 12/3/13 at 12:44pm
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I bought a custom mini-to-mini cable from the same vendor, although it was a direct purchase and not over Ebay.

 

I have to admit up-front that I dont believe in audio cables making a noticeable difference.  What I wanted was a well-made cable of adequate thickness, high-quality construction and made to my specs, in terms of cable length.   And I am very satisfied with the product I got - high-quality braided cable, robust plugs and well-made.

 

I have seen similarly-priced cables on sale for 3-4 times the price, which makes me wonder "wtf".     For a custom, hand-made product, the pricing of the AudioMinor cables is *very* reasonable and I for one would not spend any more on cables.

 

Anyway, highly recommended!   I'll be buying a few more cables from him as well.

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I have shared my review for AudioMinor cryoed cable(s) and wanted to share here: http://www.head-fi.org/products/audiominor-headphone-cables/reviews/12650

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Audiominor Pitch Black IEM Cable

 

First, the build quality.

As I stated before, these cables are handcrafted. For something hand created, the overall build quality is quite impressive. Whether it’s the jack, connections, or the Y-split Bogac built it like a tank. It feels durable and strong. But hey, don’t get me wrong, these guys are slim and flexible too! Cable itself is PE insulated, croyed silver and the covering of the cable is pitch black and smooth. The 3.5mm jack is made by Viablue and give a great sense of quality. The Y-split is hard black plastic and feels firm. The pins are connected together with heat shrink and reinforced with an adhesive.

       

              

 

Second, Sound.

I don’t like to talk about the changes so much since many believes that it is a subjective matter BUT, there are things that cannot be unseen. Sorry, unheard. Generally, the Audiominor Pitch Black IEM cable improved the detail level and soundstage. I can also say that instrument separation got better. The SD-2’s 3D imaging were very good already so I can’t spot a difference there. The most apparent change was in low freqs. Bass control, depth, speed and vividness increased admirably. (SD-2’s weakest point was it’s low freqs. WAS.)

 

Third, Ergonomics.

Although it depends, I hate the memory wire. They feel too harsh and they hurt after some hours of use. The Audiominor Pitch Black IEM Cable does not have memory wires. Due to great flexibility and thinness of the cable, I cannot find any other word rather than perfect to describe the ergonomics.

 

                                                                               

                                                                                      

 

Fourth, Microphonics.

What microphonics are we talking about? I can’t spot any?

 

Fifth and the last, Summary.

The Audiominor Pitch Black Upgrade Cable is a well built, ergonomically kind and exquisite sounding cable.

 

 

                                                                                      

 

 

 

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