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

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  1. pstickne
    I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t hear a difference with even a generic tin solder, nor would it’s use cause my IEM’s demise.

    :shrug:

    And I’d just slightly bend the pins with a fingernail.. so, I wouldn’t even have to worry about solder. I prefer not to change my IEM cables, fearing I might tweak the pins very bad on one extraction - so that pretty much negates issues of loose pins and worn coatings too.
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2019
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  2. PhonoPhi
    Right.
    My mistake with conductivity/resistivity, sorry
    Pure metals are surely best conductors, that was the point that gold-silver alloys are not doing better than pure metals.
     
  3. RikudouGoku
    Which Of these do you guys recommend? For the Audiosense T800 with the Fiio M11. @hakuzen Calling the god of cables for help :)

    TRN T2 16 Core Silver Plated HIFI Upgrade Cable 3.5/2.5/4.4mm Plug MMCX/2Pin Connector For TRN V80 KZ AS10/AS06/ZS10 CCA C10 C16
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/330...chweb0_0,searchweb201602_1,searchweb201603_60

    HiFiHear 8 Core Alloy With Pure Copper Cable 2.5/3.5/4.4mm Balanced Cable With MMCX/2pin Connector For LZ A5 A6 KZ ZS10 ZS6 AS10
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/329...chweb0_0,searchweb201602_1,searchweb201603_60

    OFHC 24 AWG 6N High Purity Copper Cable 2.5/3.5/4.4mm Balanced Earphone Cable With MMCX Connector from Taiwan For HQ8 HQ10
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/329...chweb0_0,searchweb201602_1,searchweb201603_60
     
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  4. Ike1985
    And graphene is more conductive than pure silver so hopefully we will see even better audio quality when graphene cables are widespread.
     
  5. PhonoPhi
    No, graphene is not more electrically conductive than silver (graphene has special conductive properties but not relevant for cables).
    So no graphene/graphite (bulk graphene is actually graphite) cables, sorry.
     
  6. hakuzen
    i've only tried the third one, and it's a good cable, stunning look.
    better forget about the 1st one; heard good impressions about the 2nd cable (but price starts raising, if you are going to spend over $50-$60, consider cables 170, 165, 125).
     
  7. PhonoPhi
    Unfortunately, no cable will be able to fix the impedance mismatch between M11 ( more than 16 Ohm) and T800 (9.2 Ohm).
     
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  8. FastAndClean
    not sure if i am doing it right here, the blue dot has to be facing backwards when is connected to the earphone right?
    HTB1rJYnXTjxK1Rjy0Fnq6yBaFXaQ.jpg
     
  9. hakuzen
    M11 output impedance is over 16 ohm? ouch ouch.
    then, @RikudouGoku , you should consider to invest on a source with an output impedance under 1 ohm

    the blue point uses to mark ground/negative pin (although found the opposite in a few cables).
    then, blue point pin has to face forward for KZs and most 2pins iems (backwards for QDC and BQEYZ iems).
    however, there won't be issues while you don't use different position for left and right side
     
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  10. FastAndClean
    but look how the one of the pin has red paint on it, that has to be the +
     
  11. hakuzen
    in every nicehck 2pins cables i've tried, blue point and red paint in the pin (together), resulted to be ground/negative pin.
    you can confirm it by using a multimeter
     
  12. FastAndClean
    ok thanks, so i am putting the blue dot facing the front of the earphone, the earphone is NICEHCK NX7
     
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  13. FastAndClean
    the banned brand cables have 8 core silver plated with hooks, the red paint is in the pin facing back, so that means the negative on the cable is in the wrong place?
    EDIT- i just saw the banned cable with the hooks, the blue dot is facing front like it should be, thanks for the help, damn OCD
    Screenshot (335).png
     
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  14. PhonoPhi
     
  15. PhonoPhi
    15646165096635048310790944294815.jpg Here is 8-core NiceHCK cable (my favourite) and the blue dot is facing out. That was also my measurements for HiFiHear 16-core cable to power KZ/CCA.
     
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