Three cardinal rules when purchasing headphone (and other) cables:Finally got around to getting an aftermarket cable. The brand is GUCraftsman. They mainly used to deal on alibaba but have made their way to amazon. The amazon photos much closer reflect the true-to-life color of the cables, which is a tad darker than I was able to capture with my phone's camera.
It took like 3 weeks to get the cable and it shipped maybe a day after ordering. Crazy good packing job too…took about 10 minutes just to open the package lol. So many layers of tape.
I got a copper and a silver (for science of course). Does it sound better than stock, no idea. Which cable sounds better, no idea, haven't done an A/B but I'm not holding my breath.
I mainly got this because I needed a longer, more flexible cable for my desktop setup. Going balanced was also a nice bonus to take advantage of all of the little Qudelix 5K's power potential.
The cable is very soft, flexible, which is everything I was looking for.
1. No microphony
2. No ferromagnetic connectors/splitters
3. No PVC dielectric