I made this comment in a different thread, but thought it might warrant its own discussion. So here it is....has any of you tried using good speaker cables for your headphone?
I have both HE-6 and HE-500. Given that I drive them with speaker amps, I wondered... What if I drive them with a decent quality speaker cables? It so happens that I had Audioquest Copperhead speaker cables lying around in the house. They were not too high end, but reasonably thin good cables at $2-300/pair for typical 6ft pair of speaker cables. I had 12+ ft pair of these cables, so I connected HifiMan headphone connectors on one end to see what would happen.
Well... they actually sound MUCH better than the stock HE-6 cable that I was using for both cans. More open, more organic, and quite a bit less veiled sounding. I didn't think my HifiMans sounded veiled before this experiment... This was after about 50 hours of break-in. These cables are heavier (obviously), and somewhat cumbersome to use, but they do sound better.
Has anyone used even higher end speaker cables for their cans? I am thinking something like Audience AU24 which are pretty thin. Maybe even Cardas Golden Reference might work since while a bit heavy, they are pretty flexible. Of course, these cables of any reasonable length would be more expensive than most headphones...
Is there anyone crazy enough to try it?