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Viablue SQ?

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Hey guys, so I've been using Viablue connectors for a while, and I was in a bind tonight, and had to take a T6 off of my triple fis. I threw on a different connector, and OMG the sound was much much much fuller, bassier, clearer, more transparent...etc. Now I don't buy into the connector making cables sound better....cables sometimes, but never connectors on them. I have only used Viablue T6s, so I decided to swap another headphones Viablue out...same exact thing. So I'm sitting here with a bunch of Viablue T6s, and I'm trying to figure out why they made my equipment sound so bad, and all I can come up with is that the left channel post is so tiny. I haven't a clue actually, and that's why I'm bringing it up.

Has anyone else had that experience? I would like to play it off as psychosomatic, but like I said...I put a cheap connector on it until I could order a new T6, so I didn't want that to happen, nor did I expect it.
Edited by eightbitpotion - 12/5/13 at 1:23am
post #2 of 4

that's strange. viablue is pretty good. I say if something makes a huge difference it is not in your mind. like the rel sub cable I just built increased the output 3db at the same settings.

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Originally Posted by music_man View Post
 

that's strange. viablue is pretty good. I say if something makes a huge difference it is not in your mind. like the rel sub cable I just built increased the output 3db at the same settings.

Yeah.  I'm a believer in some cables sound tiers better than others... I've even hosted some double-blind tests with people that know nothing about audio stuff.  I've chalked it up to cable geometry over cable specifics (litz braid vs french vs twist sound different even with the same wire).  I've never ever considered the connector being a cause for SQ, and technically speaking...it shouldn't.

 

I've dumped a lot of money into my sound stuff, and I guess this is a lesson learned- price doesn't equal SQ.  I realize that this thread seemed like I'm a T6 hater, but I'm not.  I've had a few PM from some members asking about the details of the problem, and the only thing I can seemingly chalk it up to is the left channel soldier post is about the diameter of the cable I use.  I've only used the 3.5mm T6, so I'm sure I wouldn't be complaining about the same thing on the 1/4" version.

 

To better illustrate the difference that the T6 makes, it reminds me A LOT of the sound signature you'll get from a connector not fully being seated in the jack, or if you have a severe bottleneck in the soldier job.  That extremely thin sound is what I experienced.  Viablues are sexy though, and I can't deny that, so I'm kind of sad about this.

post #4 of 4

Using a setscrew as a strain relief technique turned me off of their product in the first place, I wouldn't be surprised if they weren't machined well and didn't make good connection in devices, unless the center post was seriously undersize (if it's the same size as your wire it isn't) a connector that makes good contact won't change the sound.

 

Most likely poor contact which stems from a poor product design or poor QC.


Edited by 65535 - 12/8/13 at 4:56pm
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