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In need of cable for HE-400.

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My HifiMan cans just came in recently and the cable is just long and annoying. So I'm trying to find a replacement cable and need to know which one gives the most bang for my buck. I never purchased aftermarket cables so I'm pretty clueless. I have heard great things about toxic cables, except they are a bit too long for me (3-5ft is perfect). I don't mind picking one up but if there are cheaper alternative and comparable yet shorter, why not? 

 

Thank you.

post #2 of 10

I'm not entirely sure, but most aftermarket cables can be had in any length and most termination. you might have to wait like three months to get a Toxic's cable.

 

as a cheaper alternative, maybe Headphonelounge or Forza AudioWorks. are they comparable? probably not.

 

the best bang for your buck cable is probably the one you make yourself. 

post #3 of 10
Best bang for the buck has to be cables made by wje, a member here. I'm sure he can make you any length you want. He also stands behind his product. Here's a link to a 6 foot Mogami cable for $54.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-Foot-Custom-HifiMan-Headphone-Cable-Mogami-Cable-and-Neutrik-1-4-TRS-Plug-/111319045681?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item19eb21d631

I don't know him personally but am a satisfied customer.
Edited by Radioking59 - 4/8/14 at 12:44am
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I'm not entirely sure, but most aftermarket cables can be had in any length and most termination. you might have to wait like three months to get a Toxic's cable.

 

as a cheaper alternative, maybe Headphonelounge or Forza AudioWorks. are they comparable? probably not.

 

the best bang for your buck cable is probably the one you make yourself. 

 

I'd be curious to hear why you think they're not comparable. Which model of cables did you try to compare? I think each of the makers have different lines of products (each with different construction properties) - knowing which ones you've tried will help to understand if we're comparing apples to apples.

 

@opteamist,  in my 2 yen worth, I think sadly there's no quick answer for this and encourage you to search and read up as much as you can. The main players are as already mentioned, Headphone Lounge, ForzaWorks, Toxic Cables, Double Helix Cables, HPL, Whiplash Audio, Moon Audio, ALO, and probably more that I've forgotten.

 

It'll probably help if you set a budget too and what your expectations are (or mention what other cable experiences you've had so at least so that there's some kind of baseline).

post #5 of 10

I have not compared any of those cables. the reason I said probably is mostly based on Toxic’s popularity, reviews, cable properties, and some personal experience with hi-end cables. in fact, I have never owned an aftermarket hp cable. I rather not expand on that, as it's likely to cause controversy and upset.

 

for example, I would not compare Siltech's cables to BJC's

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I have not compared any of those cables. the reason I said probably is mostly based on Toxic’s popularity, reviews, cable properties, and some personal experience with hi-end cables. in fact, I have never owned an aftermarket hp cable. I rather not expand on that, as it's likely to cause controversy and upset.

 

for example, I would not compare Siltech's cables to BJC's

 

Lenni, if you asked for advice about buying a car, would you take it from people who'd never driven?

 

Before you answer that, you can probably see the point I'm going to get at: Please don't provide advice without sound knowledge and experience. :smile:

post #7 of 10

I know what you mean, and I totally agree. I think perhaps my post was unclear about who I was referring to. what I meant was that probably Toxic's cables are better than either HPL's and FAW's. otherwise, it's indeed like comparing apple to apple.

post #8 of 10

After repairing my cable for the 10th time and realizing that the left channel could no longer be saved I settled for this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HIFIMAN-HE-5-HE-6-HE-300-HE-400-HE-500-Hand-made-Headphone-Cable-Upgrade-Cable-/111160922481?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item19e1b51171

The cable seems laminated together and quite sturdy, I don't really want to make any statements about the SQ changes based on my memory, but it's quite a suitable cable.  The adapter is a screw-on type so not universal with IEMs.  Build quality is surprisingly durable as well.


Edited by Bop - 4/8/14 at 1:39pm
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Ok decided to go with the Skoll series from Norse Audio. Many thanks to Trevor for educating me a little more on cables and understanding what I wanted. 

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