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post #1 of 6
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Hi,

 

Sorry about the crappy title.

 

I would like to know if It is better for me to purchase a 1/4inch jack adapter or a 1/4inch cable.

 

I have the philips fidelio x1's and want to know what the best option would be.. I currently cannot find many 2m 6.3mm to 3.5mm cables on ebay (that are any good at least) but find excellent quality 3.5mm cables (such as the IBRA jacks), however would you say the adapter loses a lot of quality and therefore a good 3.5mm cable would be lower quality with a 1/4 adapter than a 1/4 crappy cable?

 

Also - forgot to mention but it's for my near future STX that I have just purchased.

post #2 of 6
It doesn't matter - the adapters work fine. Worrying about this just isn't significant. Look here: http://www.monoprice.com/
post #3 of 6
How much were you willing to pay?. I asked because ted Allen makes excellent cables, it won't be cheaper than use a some adapters but he makes good stuff, explain him what you need.
Edited by squallkiercosa - 1/22/14 at 7:27pm
post #4 of 6

The adapter loses 0 quality. Just use an adapter unless you actually want a whole new cable for reasons beyond the plug size. 

post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by Trojan Horse View Post
 

I would like to know if It is better for me to purchase a 1/4inch jack adapter or a 1/4inch cable.

 

I have the philips fidelio x1's and want to know what the best option would be.. I currently cannot find many 2m 6.3mm to 3.5mm cables on ebay (that are any good at least) but find excellent quality 3.5mm cables (such as the IBRA jacks), however would you say the adapter loses a lot of quality and therefore a good 3.5mm cable would be lower quality with a 1/4 adapter than a 1/4 crappy cable?

 

Also - forgot to mention but it's for my near future STX that I have just purchased.



Losses and impedance change are insignificant. If anything, it's always better to have a 3.5mm plug since it usually won't be too long nor heavy enough put enough stress on a 6.3mm jack when you use an adapter; if you have a 6.3mm plug and you're using a portable device or amp that has a 3.5mm, it's already bulky to begin with, but it will get even bulkier when you have to use one of those Grado adapters to keep it from damaging the jack.

post #6 of 6
I will say I prefer the little shorty cable adapters (like the Grado mentioned above or similar one from Sennheiser) rather than the cheaper and more typical little hard adapters. But it has nothing to do with sound quality - it is because of exactly what ProtegeManiac says - having a little cable gives better strain relief and isn't so awkward.
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