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Low end. Cheap. Generic. Otherwise bang for buck cable thread!

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  1. Dsnuts Contributor
    I figured since there is a forum for boutique higher end cable thread I would start this thread to have a forum for cheaper, affordable, great functioning, sounding cables that don't cost a kidney.

    Please post about your cable finds that people can actually afford.

    All areas of the webz is fine except for
    Banned seller.. (Woo, Yinyoo, Kinboofi) Please refrain from providing links of these related cables. What is banned is banned.

    Thanks goes out to Hakuzen for measuring all these. https://www.head-fi.org/threads/low...uck-cable-thread.891911/page-19#post-14637360

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    hakuzen

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    DC resistance of some cables (below 400mΩ, average), in mΩ: left, right, groundL, groundR or L+, R+, L-, R- (balanced). and [weight], in g.
    for cheaper cables, check:
    DC resistance of some cables (below $40, approx.)

    measured with high precision multimeter.
    low resistance is symptom of quality of wires, plugs, and solders (together with total thickness of the conductor, of course).

    notations:
    wire material: spc= silver plated copper; tpc= tinned copper; <num>c=number of cores
    color: silver= white/silver; copper= orange/pink; brown= brown/dark copper
    chinese jack style (metallic): eid= eidolic; oyde= oyaide; furt=furutech
    M: mmcx/2pins and 3.5/2.5/4.4mm balanced terminations available
    V: different terminations for headphones, and not standard terminations for earphones

    (125) 7n occ 4c (copper,furt,MV)......................................57/57/bad 59/59/bad 53/53/54 64/62/62 [36]
    (130) hck 7n occ spc 8c (eid,brown/gold,M).....................100 101 98 111 [33]
    (053) hck copper 8c (brown,metal slim plugs,M)..............110 avg (115 mmcx) [27] many measured (copper)
    (145) zsfs spc 8c (brown,metal slim plugs,ath-im02,V).....117 118 112 132
    (133) GUcraftsman silver 6n occ 8c (grey,MV).................135 133 124 128 [27.5]
    (133) GUcraftsman copper 6n occ 8c (light brown,MV)....136/142 143/143 127/133 130/135 [26.8] (mmcx/he400i)
    (115) silver+shield 4c (white silver,oyde,M).......................137/128 136/126 131/131 139/139 [27]
    (052) spc 8c (silver,eid)....................................................134/126/131/131 127/126/140/147 129/127/123/129 129/129/137/146 (spc)
    (053) hck spc 8c (silver,metal slim plugs,M)......................134/155 163/150 132/138 148/152 (spc)
    (120) bgvp 6n occ+spc 8c (grey) =DM6 stock..................169 173 277 190
    (052) spc+copper 8c (silver+copper,eid,M)......................135/131 131/132 190/184 208/240 (spc L/R,copper ground?)
    (110) 7n spc 16c (silver,viablue).......................................165 145 155 155
    (052) tpc 8c (copper,eid,M)...............................................180 average (many measured, love its color, copper)
    (052) tpc 8c (brown,eid,M)................................................188 188 185 185 (copper)
    (100) impactAudio infinite copper 5n 4c (custom,MV).......190 190 182 180
    (055) spc 16c (silver,oyde,M)............................................221/232 218/236 221/221 232/235
    (054) lz 6n frozen copper 8c (brown,M).............................240 240 240 300
    (050) spc 8c (black,oyde,M)..............................................260 270 260 260
    (081) audbos/tenhz p4 pro stock spc 4c (silver,thin).........282/282 283/279 275/275 275/275
    (105) 7n silver 4c (silver,mps)............................................300 290 280 280
    (057) nicehck spc 8c (silver,furt,M)....................................310 303 302 319
    (080) tin audio t2 stock spc 4c (silver,furt).........................331 325 318 319
    (082) toneking t4 stock spc 8c (blue+black)......................348 341 358 357
    (037) kz mmcx spc 4c (silver,oyde)....................................384 384 375 376

    125. 7n occ copper, 0.1mm*63-65strands*4cores pvc sleeve (equivalent to 20awg/signal). best conductivity. thick and heavy (36g vs 26g average). total clean sound, reference. shiny copper color, great look. many sellers. expensive.
    but received one with bad or broken solders into the jack. so quality control of this cable is so-so, and solders are not enough protected.
    avoid tricky sellers, they'll try to send you the defective one i'm going to return back. cheap might turn into expensive easily.
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    130. nicehck pure silver (and "gold"?) plated copper. 0.05mm*48(27awg,OD:1.2mm)*8c UV-PVC [2c/signal:24AWG]. some sellers say it's pure silver wire, golden plated (but probably it's not). superb conductivity, very well built. another clean sound, reference. expensive.
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    053. best conductivity below $25. some details (strain reliefs, easier repairable plugs) are better in (052). this wire is thicker, softer but less flexible. weight: 27.2g. variants: copper/ mixed copper & silver plated / silver plated (various colors, worse conductivity though).
    structure could be: 0.10mm*19(25awg)*8c [2c/signal:22.5AWG]. if true, and wire material/plugs were better quality, it'd measure about 95mΩ (15-20mΩ less).
    brown (copper)
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    silver: different wire, less conductivity
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    145.this wire looks like (053). in fact, same colors available (orange+white, red+white, silver..). but brown color version of this cable says it's spc, while brown (053) is copper. the wire is not identical, when you close look at it.
    this is audio-technica plug version; other non-standard terminations are available.
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    133. superb conductivity for such a thin wire. material must be true 6n occ, high quality.
    0.08mm*19(27awg)*8c [2c/signal:24AWG]. many terminations (even custom) for headphones available.
    reviewed here: https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/gucraftsman-headphones-earphones-cables.23451/reviews#review-21214
    silver mmcx: pure occ single crystal silver
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    copper mmcx: 6n occ single crystal copper
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    115. pure silver wire. (TPU insulatedLayer 0.05mm*50 + shield 0.05mm*45) * 4 cores. equivalent to 24.5awg when using shield layer. shiny white, great look.
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    052. good conductivity, very well built, quite long threaded (repairable and trimmable) plugs; variants: tin plated copper (brown/copper) / copper[gnd]+silver plated copper / silver plated copper.
    copper:
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    120. bgvp spc cable, identical to DM6 stock cable (but this has balanced, straight plug). nice looking (grey and silver), ear guides cover part of the mmcx plug. but strain relief of jack is too short and stiff, conductivity could be better, and one of the solders in my unit was not as good as the others. they give extended info of the cable at product's page, but it doesn't seem to match reality, after measuring it. anyway, one of the best stock cables provided.
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    110. very thin 16 cores of spc wire.
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    100. impact audio customized cable. this is not my unit. true eidolic plugs, excellent built and look. voluminous and heavy, due to the thick braided textile sleeve. honest 5n copper cable. pity for us he is taking some vacations now.
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    055. 16 cores, but worse conductivity than some cheaper 8 cores. (050) is its 8 cores sibling.
    silver:
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    054. 6n frozen copper.. maybe, but thin conductor
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    050. 2pins version is wrong molded for kz -watch phase!-. you can remold the ear guides.
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    105. 7n pure silver, bought at nicehck. but it's very thin, so conductivity is not that great.
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    057. nicehck spc 8 cores. very well built, but thin wire. various colors (and materials?).
    silver:
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    037. kz cheap upgrade cable for mmcx. good conductivity for the price.
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  2. Dsnuts Contributor
    I will start off first with this. NiceHCK will have these 8 core SPC cables in all connector types in single ended and balanced options for $17. On 11/11 sales day.

    I own several of these an can honestly say these are heads and shoulders better than any stock cable for just about any earphones manufacturers include on their earphones. If your earphone has a mmcx or 2 pin. Ya these will be $17 but you will be surprise just how good these Chi fi cables are.

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    https://www.aliexpress.com/store/pr...?spm=a2g1x.12024536.productList_2717667.pic_1
     
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  3. Dsnuts Contributor
    Even cheaper for the copper variety. 8 cores
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    These will all be sold the cheapest I have seen them. Worth a boot.
     
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  6. maxxevv
    Those are pricey ..... you haven't discovered TRN 8-Core cables yet .... Available in 2-pin 0.75mm / 0.78mm and MMCX with 2.5mm TRRS balanced or 3.5mm Standard.

    They are going as cheap as US$8/- shipped on Aliexpress. I paid US$8.80 for mine.

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  7. Dsnuts Contributor
    How you paying $8 shipped for those?
     
  8. superuser1
    Linsoul HC-08 HiFi OCC 8 Strands 19 Core Braided Earphone Cable for Audiophile IEM Earbud 3.5mm/2.5mm Balanced MMCX

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    LINK
     
  9. Dsnuts Contributor
    Those look identical to the LZ 8 core cable but for half price. Good find.

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    Currently using my BGVP DMG with this cable. It is a nice upgrade on the stock cable. I think maybe since the DMG got plenty of treble presence I went with a pure copper cable. Does the trick.
     
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  10. maxxevv
    These are the listings you can find on Aliexpress. I paid US$8.79 for mine together with a few other small items. Delivery to door was a super quick 7 days.

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  11. Dsnuts Contributor
    How they sound?
     
  12. Bosk
    A budget cables thread is a brilliant idea. :ksc75smile:
     
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  13. superuser1
    I agree but sadly they are a banned name here
     
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  14. mathi8vadhanan
    I received mine earlier this week. The silver-gold is nice-looking and uses very good quality connectors. I bought them in mmcx 2.5mm and 3.5mm termination. Truly impressive for <$10. Sadly, no chin-slider, will get the NICEHCKs for 11/11 sales. Does the silver plated ones turn green with oxidation?

    Also, KZ with their new 8-core at $11.
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  15. Dsnuts Contributor
    As a budget consience consumer of all things audio. I figured this thread needed to be created since it makes complete sense. It is good that there are high end cable threads but.

    For me at least there is no possible way I am gonna spend $1000 on a cable. More power to you if you do. I can think so many possible different ways to spend a 1K worth of money on audio besides cables.

    Ever since buying up the cheaper chi fi cables. I quickly realized cheaper cables actually has an effect on my earphones in a positive way. So not only do they look and feel way better than any stock cable but they also enhance the sound of my earphones.Especilly in balanced.

    As per @mathi8vadhanan question about them cables turning color. They do turn color in spots especailly around the connector area but not a big deal. This is actually a good thing. Means it actually has a silver coating. lol. No change in sound or function. I don't espect these cables to have the highest end finish on the cables to prevent from turning color. Still worth owning a few.

    I know and own many Yinyoo cables but unfortunately we have to refrain from posting anything about them. Thanks. Just know that if there is a NiceHCK cable there is about 3 more Yinyoo version of the same cable. Probably made by the same OEM like their IEMs.

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