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

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  1. hakuzen
    Yes, it is 165. But no links and no pics from that banned shop/seller. I usually prefer to spend a few more bucks, if needed, and purchase it at NiceHck, because most, if not all, issues I got with cables where related to the banned seller (and supposed a nightmare and headache).
     
  2. Carlsan
    That cable doesn't come as a 2 pin does it? I have it as well and it is excellent, just wish it came with the 2 pin connector.
     
  3. hakuzen
    Yea, cable 165 only comes with MMCX.
    But cable 170/171 (2/8 cores) come with the termination you prefer, 2pin, MMCX, or others, the jack has got way better quality, and the copper wire is litz, while 165 isn't litz shielded. For a few bucks more, you get better cable in all senses. Anyway, cable 165 is very good, in my top ten picks.
     
  4. cenix
    Oh right, thanks. I wasn't aware there are banned sellers on this site.
     
  5. nlowran
    I tried the $15 dollar trn one off amazon... not impressed.
     
  6. darmanastartes
    I borrowed a better multi-meter and got the following:

    L+ = .7 ohms

    L- = .7 ohms

    R+ = .6 ohms

    R- = .6 ohms
     
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  7. hakuzen
    Guess the problem is that quality cables tend to use better plugs, and metallic plugs use to be straight. So you only find angled plastic plugs in cheap cables.
    I can't remember a good quality cable using standard 2pin (not QDC) angled plugs now, sorry.
    These adapters could be a solution for some people:
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    They are a bit high resistance measurements for my taste, but look even at least.
     
  8. nlowran
    Moon audio are angled as well as 64 audio. I know where the expensive ones are having trouble with the cheaper ones
     
  9. jaker782
    @hakuzen

    Well, I hope the plastic connector doesn't noticeably affect audio quality because I just ordered a custom 170 from Aliexpress Electro-Acousti Store with black angled 2-pin connectors. I inquired via chat and they sent a pic of the one I'll be getting and said it would be no problem. I also requested no memory wire, black metal splitter and 4.4mm connector. Sure the plastic angled connectors are cheaper looking but as long as audio isn't affected I'm fine with it. I don't care for flashy connectors anyway. I just recieved shipping notification ( ordered Friday afternoon). I'll report back when I get it.
     
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2019
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  10. hakuzen
    That's fine! No problem with plastic plugs, audio won't be affected. You'll enjoy cable 170 for sure.
     
  11. darmanastartes
    Do those measurements seem plausible for a 6-core cable?
     
  12. hakuzen
    If true 6 cores and balanced jack, there are two options:
    - 1 core for L+, 1 core for R+, 2 cores for L-, 2 cores for R- (most usual).
    - 2 cores for L+, 2 cores for R+, 1 core for L-, 1 core for R-.
    In both cases, resistance of some signals should be near half of the others.
    If resistance is so similar, 2 cores might be unsoldered, so only 1 core is used for each signal.
     
  13. darmanastartes
    This is for a single-ended cable.
     
  14. hakuzen
    If true 6 cores and single-ended jack, there are two options:
    - 1 core for L+, 1 core for R+, 4 cores for ground (2 cores for left ground, 2 cores for right ground); most usual option in 6 cores cables.
    - 2 cores for L+, 2 cores for R+, 2 cores for ground (1 core for left ground, 1 core for right ground).
    In both cases, resistance of some signals should be near half of the others.
    If resistance is so similar, 2 cores might be unsoldered, so only 1 core is used for each signal.
     
  15. darmanastartes
    Got it. That's a shame.
     
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