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Yep, just found this diagram which confirms it (I'm sure it's same for the 3.5mm)

and for the Fiio TRRS connector


Wish me luck!
Sounds like you're set. Godspeed, good sir.
 
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Sounds like you're set. Godspeed, good sir.
Just a quick update. All soldered and working. Basically converted a 2 pin to a TRS for the headset pin out as the 2-pin was readily available online. So basically dismantled that and did a bit of resoldering. A little tricky given I've never done a 16 core before :D
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Can definitely say that somehow I think it sounds even cleaner on the Sundara! Thanks for the advice everyone. PS. Red ribbon is to remind me which one is the Right Channel (need to think of a more fashionable solution) :D And yes that's a DIY microphone mount.
 
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Hey everyone! I'm wanting to make a balanced cable for my LCD but I'm stuck on deciding on what wire to go for.

Canare L-4E5C or Mogami W2893?

Also are there any mini-XLRs and Y-Splitters that yall would recommend? The current braided stock cable has Amphenol. How is it compared to Neutrik/Rean?
 
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Try here, everything you need in one place
https://www.cosmic-cables.co.uk/
Thanks! Is there one that's US based? Was thinking about sourcing from redco and mouser, but if there are any other suggestions I would love to know

I've already thought about going with:

* Viablue for my y-split
* Amphenol or Neutrik for mini-XLR
* 1/4 Paramax and 550 Paracord for sleeving

Just not sure which wires to go for.. Canare L-4E5C or Mogami W2893

Also thinking about making interconnects, I have some Lemo connectors that I need to use.
 
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Where do you guys get your MMCX jackand connectors from?

AliExpress is probably the cheapest I've come across but $6/pair for these tiny things ...seems like I should be able to get a pair for half that. This is the style I want but I'll take anything if it's cheap enough: https://a.aliexpress.com/_dXdCrL3

Would like to order a couple dozen but would like to avoid spending like $40+. There's got to be a site that has em for like $1/pop. Also looking for the MMCX male plugs to use on headphones but will conceed that those are probably pricier for decent ones.
I messaged the store, this listing is 10x mmcx & 10x nut. (Not 5 of each as some stores do when it says 10 pcs.)
https://m.aliexpress.com/item/32797640235.html

These used to be free shipping, but even so the quantity shipping discount makes them still some of the cheapest. I've ordered the A & B sets several times.
https://m.aliexpress.com/item/33035633031.html


Not sure if this will help now as it's been a month since you posted, but it may come in handy for someone else looking for MMCX connectors.
 
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So I've been looking around various resources and I have a cart on eBay and AliExpress ready to go, but I'm still a bit unsure on the most basic thing and that's what wire to use. I've got some 550 Paracord picked out, but I don't know if 550 is big enough to accommodate a quad braid. I'm just trying to make a regular headphone cable and/or aux cable.

I'm looking at this QYFang page https://www.aliexpress.com/store/gr...785.html?spm=2114.12010612.0.0.1fd57940kWbejx and I'm not sure if I can sleeve it in 550 size paracord. I've also seen some other more complete cable that can be sleeved, mogami cable I believed, but it seemed expensive per unit.

I've got connectors, y splitters, Jack's, and Paracord picked out (I intend to Paracord the whole cable as opposed to individual braided wires being paracorded and weaved together), it's just thisseemingly basic step I'm stuck on for some reason. Any assistance would be appreciated.

Edit: Edited for clarity.
 
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I'm going to make my first balanced headphone cables from scratch, is there a general rule of thumb what length and AWG cable I should go for? Was thinking of making a 1.6m cable with 20AWG copper ( 19 strands x 0.18mm diameter) with the individual cable total OD of 1.4mm.
 
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That should be fine, what headphones are you making for, just make sure that the wires will fit into the connectors, the 4 pin xlr end will be fine.
 
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Ordered 16ft of Viper 24awg OCC Cryo Silver Plated 7n Copper wire from Toxic cables and made this specimen:


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It is beautiful. The wire was really easy to work. I'll probably make another one with MMCX connections as well. Many thanks to Toxic Cables.
 
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It is a bit but have literally just made it so I'm sure it will settle after a period of wearing.
 
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