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It's really nothing, however, compared to other cable manufacturers (no need to mention names, though I'm sure they're obvious).

Not to mention names of course, but how long waiting lines or replies to mails are we talking here? Matt is our go-to guy, but I'm curious how is it with other boutique shops.
 
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Not to mention names of course, but how long waiting lines or replies to mails are we talking here? Matt is our go-to guy, but I'm curious how is it with other boutique shops.
Well, one well known shop makes a point of warning customers that they ought to be prepared to wait for "an indefinite amount of time" before they order (it's necessary to tick a box to confirm you understand this when ordering). Having ordered from them, I can report it's not exactly indefinite but you should expect several months or so.
 
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Yes, sadly I just had some pads sent to me via USPS (I was under the impression it would be via UPS), so I expect to see them sometime in August.

Sometimes, out of some perverse interest, I take a look at what happened to my lost USPS package (cables from Plussound). I just checked, and they're still at it's still "currently in transit to the destination." That was September 5, 2020. Posted July 2020. Details here. A mystery never to be solved.
I may sign up for tracking updates...
 
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Well, one well known shop makes a point of warning customers that they ought to be prepared to wait for "an indefinite amount of time" before they order (it's necessary to tick a box to confirm you understand this when ordering). Having ordered from them, I can report it's not exactly indefinite but you should expect several months or so.

I sure wish FAW had such a feature on their website. As it is, you have to be familiar with the international shipping situation from outside the EU. Due diligence? I don't know about that. By the way, within the last year I have had several items shipped from Russia with only moderate delays. Last I heard, this nation is outside the EU.
 
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Looking dope on my Vega's 😍

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Lookin' good! If I may ask, how much better was Matt's cable over CA's stock option? I've been using his Noir but am clueless about IEMs.
Good question I've not got much time today sorry, but I originally bought the cable for my OG Andro's but ended up preferring it with the Vega's...oh and btw I use the the og iDSD Silver Micro as my source 👍 I should be able to give you some more feedback tomorrow 😀
 
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Good question I've not got much time today sorry, but I originally bought the cable for my OG Andro's but ended up preferring it with the Vega's...oh and btw I use the the og iDSD Silver Micro as my source 👍 I should be able to give you some more feedback tomorrow 😀
Lookin' forward to it, thanks! :beerchug:
 
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Lookin' forward to it, thanks! :beerchug:
Thanks for your patients lol 👍

Ok I'm an IEM guy and don't really enjoy wearing HP's for any length of time so stick mostly to IEM's but
I'm guess IEM's and HP's follow the some sort of tuning/tweaking paths..1 source (Dac,Amp) 2 tips or pads and 3 cables..well
that's how I see it with IEM's anyhow...that being said I can appreciate and believe cables especially for low impedance IEM's
can and do make a difference to the overall sound. Plus I'm all about music much less about the tech lol.

I original bought the Forza Hybrid cable as I said for my OG Andro's thinking the silver would maybe enhance
the already ethereal mids and treble which I love, also the copper might extend the bass response a tad?.
What I found was that the cable gave everything a slight "tube" effect, warmer if you like, soundstage, imagining were all
on point, bass slightly deeper? but more organic especially for a BA, mid's smoothed off a tad without loss of detail and the treble
slightly less shimmery...Nothing wrong with any of that but it wasn't what I was looking for lol.

After a lot of listening I tried it on the Vega's and on that set the cable jelled, it somehow managing to widened the soundstage while maintaining the imaging :- 2 Pac's Ambitionz Az A Ridah sounds wider, more controlled and complete..nothing stands out as being lacking
or sonically out of place where as the original cable sounded slightly disjointed in it presentation in comparison.
Kate Bush's Sensual World track again show's control and balance that the CF og cable didn't...The Church bells at the start sound more
life like and the uillean pipes half way through have a wonderful timbre to them that the og cable didn't.
So for me it seems to suit a DD more than a BA set 🤷‍♂️...not tried on my Z1R's though maybe I should lol.
(Didn't want to do too many A/B swops when it comes to MMCX's)

So yeah well happy with my Forza...Cable 5* for build and sound 👍
 
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Ok I'm an IEM guy and don't really enjoy wearing HP's for any length of time so stick mostly to IEM's but
I'm guess IEM's and HP's follow the some sort of tuning/tweaking paths..1 source (Dac,Amp) 2 tips or pads and 3 cables..well
that's how I see it with IEM's anyhow...that being said I can appreciate and believe cables especially for low impedance IEM's
can and do make a difference to the overall sound. Plus I'm all about music much less about the tech lol.

I original bought the Forza Hybrid cable as I said for my OG Andro's thinking the silver would maybe enhance
the already ethereal mids and treble which I love, also the copper might extend the bass response a tad?.
What I found was that the cable gave everything a slight "tube" effect, warmer if you like, soundstage, imagining were all
on point, bass slightly deeper? but more organic especially for a BA, mid's smoothed off a tad without loss of detail and the treble
slightly less shimmery...Nothing wrong with any of that but it wasn't what I was looking for lol.

After a lot of listening I tried it on the Vega's and on that set the cable jelled, it somehow managing to widened the soundstage while maintaining the imaging :- 2 Pac's Ambitionz Az A Ridah sounds wider, more controlled and complete..nothing stands out as being lacking
or sonically out of place where as the original cable sounded slightly disjointed in it presentation in comparison.
Kate Bush's Sensual World track again show's control and balance that the CF og cable didn't...The Church bells at the start sound more
life like and the uillean pipes half way through have a wonderful timbre to them that the og cable didn't.
So for me it seems to suit a DD more than a BA set 🤷‍♂️...not tried on my Z1R's though maybe I should lol.
(Didn't want to do too many A/B swops when it comes to MMCX's)

So yeah well happy with my Forza...Cable 5* for build and sound 👍
:beerchug:
Thanks a ton, that's exactly what I had in mind. Super helpful. Silver that doesn't sound like silver and more relaxed smoother sound was what I had expected. It seems that Matt's IEM cables arent far off from his regular headphone product.
 
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I just ordered a Noir Hybrid HPC cable from the website - it should be in stock. Looking forward to the pairing with my Meze Empyrean. Fingers crossed for speedy delivery 😊

If you didn't order anything unusual, it is :)

Within EU we ship via UPS, and outside via DHL (since literally yesterday), so vast majority of them arrives quickly.
 

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