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Tour Cable Sign Ups for Philips Fidelio X1

post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 

Purpose:

I made two cables to send out as tour cables for folks that would like to try one before they buy one. See if it matter's to you or if it's just hype/expectation bias. 

There are two cables ~1.2 meters using Neutrik connectors. One is oxygen-free copper (OFC) and the other is silver-plated copper (SPC). 

I figure I'll send them together and people can test them against their stock cable and against one another.

At the end of the tour I'll be giving the cables away to those that are interested. 

 

Who can participate?

Any Head-Fi member with an X1 that is located in the lower 48 states. 

I apologize to anyone outside the USA that wanted to participate. If shipping wasn't so expensive and the shipping time so long, I'd gladly oblige. If there are some interested in an outside the USA tour, I could make one to send off that way in the future. 

 

Logistics:

There will be a tour list of up to 10 people and they will be ordered from West to East coast so shipping takes less time.

I live in California and that is the only reason it's starting on the West coast. 

 

I'll pay for shipping to the first person. Each participant will then ship the cables to the next in line until they are finally shipped back to me or to their new homes (the final person won't be required to ship to the winners homes). One of these cables usually cost $1.70 to ship first class USPS. Two of them together I imagine will run somewhere in the $2.50 neighborhood. 

 

How long can I keep the cable for testing?

I'm open to opinions, but I feel that no more than 3 days is adequate enough time to know if the cable makes a difference for you or not. 

Not looking for members to do write-ups so the quicker we can get them around to everyone the better. I'd prefer if the whole thing was over in less than a month. 

 

How to apply:

Just post here that you'd like to be included and what state you're in. 

This Saturday or Sunday 3/8 - 3/9, I'll post the list. 

If everything goes according to plan, I'd like to ship them out this coming Monday. 

 

Have suggestions?:

I'm open to suggestions on how to make this faster/smoother for everyone. I could always separate the cables and send them out individually if people are only interested in one or the other. 

Let me know what you think. 

 

Update #2: Current List of Participants Revised - Still 1 slots available. New entries will be added to the end. 

                     Current location symbol = ***. In transit symbol >>>.

 

  1. thx1000  - California  
  2. Gobhal - California 
  3. S0ckpupp3t  - California 
  4. Funambulistic  - Texas 
  5. Emoji  - Michigan
  6. Oscarc  - Maryland
  7. Gallowaystx - Pennsylvania ***
  8. madmax7 - California
  9. Pat1984  -  Oklahoma

 

All participants please PM me with your shipping information. 

I will give the next participants information to the current holder for shipping when the time comes. 

Cables will ship out Monday 3/10/2014. 


Edited by Kamakahah - 5/21/14 at 2:40pm
post #2 of 38

I would like to try both OFC and SPC please.  I am in California.

post #3 of 38
I would like to be included. I am in Maryland.
post #4 of 38

I would love to give it a go! I am in Texas.

 

BTW, I did not see your post in time to vote for a color, but the blue would look smashing with the brown leather of the X1!

post #5 of 38

I would like to also try them. I live in Oklahoma.

post #6 of 38
Thread Starter 

Glad to see that there is interest. Hope to see another handful of people sign up. 

 

Either way, I'll send them out. 

post #7 of 38

I am game, I live in California as well.

post #8 of 38

Just got my X1's, very stoked. I would love to try out these cables and give some feedback, I am in MI.

post #9 of 38
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Originally Posted by Funambulistic View Post
 

I would love to give it a go! I am in Texas.

 

BTW, I did not see your post in time to vote for a color, but the blue would look smashing with the brown leather of the X1!

The blue looks pretty good I agree, also digging the yellow/purple scheme or the green/black, yellow would be my next choice after those.

post #10 of 38
Thread Starter 


The black/red and black/white are the current tour cables. The green/black is a separate cable for an X1. Going to finish them tonight.

If the general consensus is the blue over the black/white, I could change it before soldering tonight.
post #11 of 38

Add me please, Northern California.

post #12 of 38
Thread Starter 

Still 3 slots available. Looking good so far. 

 

So no thoughts on switching one of the current cable sleeves with the blue? 

 

One final question for those that care about the aesthetic:  Do you want heat shrink to be visible on the outside connector?

 

Example pictures with and w/o heat shrink visible (Click to show)

 

 

Comes down to personal preference really. I ask because they will be going to one of you in the end. 

They are well done enough inside that I wouldn't worry about anything disconnecting or twisting out. Adding some to the outside could add a little extra durability, but it's pretty solid already. 

 

I can do black or clear heat shrink if that route is chosen. Let me know your opinions. 

post #13 of 38

I think the blue cable would look great with the X1... I have no problem with visible heat sink if it increases durability...

post #14 of 38
I do like the blue. I don't have a problem with the heat shrink on the outside, but from your pictures, having it concealed lends it a cleaner look, which I prefer. Just my humble opinion..
post #15 of 38

I like the blue as well. Clear heat shrink would be OK with me.

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