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Best $100 interconnects

post #1 of 141
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Suggestions for the best sounding $100(around) interconnects.

post #2 of 141
Certainly the ones made by your hands of course

Check out the kits from (, especially the "Fat ones".
post #3 of 141
For the bux, I'm real impressed with the AudioQuest Corals.
I paid $80.00 for a one meter pair. The retail is $130 is believe.

I drool for a pair of the Cardas Neutral Reference. They are unfortunately $500.00 for the pair. In my humble estimation, the Corals are 90% of the performance for 20% of the price of the Cardas.

Yes, there is a point of diminishing returns and I'm willing to go there occasionally.
post #4 of 141
The "skinny ones" are pretty darn good too. You can buy a commercial version from, the Type 1. I think it is $70 or so for a half meter. If you make it yourself it will come in at $20-$30 a pair depending on how much you spend on the connectors. The "skinny ones" are so darn easy to make. It took me about 30 minutes. Amazing sound for $20 worth of materials and a half hour of work.
post #5 of 141
Hey, speaking of nicely priced interconnects, anybody familiar with OutLaw Audio interconnects? I have a pair on order, but they haven't arrived yet.
post #6 of 141
Audioqust Corals are used for my MG Head right now.

I bought a dual stranded type 1 cable from Bolder and I can honestly say that it's awesome! This is a mini-mini, but I'm willing to pay $200 to try the type 2.
post #7 of 141
i'm using a new headroom little amp with the crossfeed on and the treble boost off.

for this application, i think the wireworld atlantis III is the ultimate IC under $100. the atlantis III is bright and thin sounding which makes it a perfect counterpoint to the fullness of the little.

post #8 of 141
Hey A&M, the Bolder type 2 seems like it would be right up your alley. It's smooth, with deep bass, a warm midrange, and laid-back highs. It wasn't for me, sadly, but your tastes seem like a perfect match.
post #9 of 141
Yah, I also want to try the Cardas Golden Cross even though it costs WAY more.
post #10 of 141
You can make your own or if I buy interconnects, I stick to Van Den Hul. $100 get's you the D102 MKIII, very good for the money.
post #11 of 141
The VDH's are very very good, but at this price range im partial to the the DHlabs Silversonic BL-1's, if memory serves they are about $98/1m pair
post #12 of 141
I have a pair of Corals, and I like 'em alot. I also have a pair of Diamondbacks (one step down) and like them too. Very similar...
post #13 of 141
Originally posted by bearwise
The VDH's are very very good, but at this price range im partial to the the DHlabs Silversonic BL-1's, if memory serves they are about $98/1m pair
Similar price range, but aren't you moving from one sound extreme to another?
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Hey, speaking of nicely priced interconnects, anybody familiar with OutLaw Audio interconnects? The 1.8m pair I ordered arrived yesterday, and they sound pretty descent without any breakin.

They remind me of StraightWire MaestroII in looks, "feel," and sound, but are constructed like RhapsodyII's with WBT type locking connectors. Pretty great value for $50.00 for the pair, I'd say hard to beat. I'll tell more after they're burned in a while.

The "Pure Copper Analog" interconnects are designed in a "dual-symmetrical" configuration, with two separately jacketed conductor paths for each side of the cable. The PCA cables have a dual shield system to isolate them from RFI and EMI as well as the digital noise that permeates today's complex audio/video systems. A 100% coverage copper foil shield, as opposed to the less expensive aluminum shield used in competitive products, is the first line of defense, covered in turn by a high-coverage copper braided shield. This dual system gives the maximum possible defense against both high and low frequency intrusion into the audio signal path.

The PCA cables have an internal fabric braid and the outer covering is a tough, clear PVC jacket. The connections are made with silver content solder and high quality locking connectors are used.
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VDH's line of cables are (IMO) are one of the best of not the best around, they are neutral (what you need in a cable) and natural sounding. They don't have the harshness of most of the metal cord cables that I have experienced, another bonus point for the fact that all of then (if memory serves me right), they can be be use as a Co-axial digital cable since they have a impendence of 75 ohm. And since you get a pair, you have 2.
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