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

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  1. Dsnuts Contributor
    The price on that particular cable I saw at one point for $68ish. Now it is $93. I like the looks of that one as well but the only draw back for me is that they only come in single ended. I only buy cables in 2.5mm balanced. I get much better use that way. I have several 3.5mm male to 2.5mm female adapters I use when I want to use one of my balanced cables in single ended. To me it don't make sense to get a single ended cable now a days since I can used balanced cables with adapters and then go balanced on my sources.

    I have been eyeing cables on the express this entire year and that 8 core silver lunashops cable is the first time I have seen that so I am gonna take a chance on it. Hoping for the best. Will most definitely report once I get them.
     
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  2. hakuzen
    it's true! didn't check there is only trs version.
    i do the same. 2.5mm balanced, mmcx cables. several 3.5mm male to 2.5mm female adapters, and several mmcx female to 2-pins 0.78mm male (had to sand the pins of two of them to fit into some 2-pin iems).
    and i'm also done with cables for a long while.

    found some funny issues with the last kz upgrade cheap cables i received today. QC is a total mess.
     
  3. Dsnuts Contributor
    So far I have only gotten 1 of my 5 cables I ordered during sales. But if the first cable I got is any indication of the greatness to follow. Cant wait to get my mits on my other cables.

    I am hoping I will actually get my HQ12 at some point too. Love that they don't advertise on their site that it is a preorder only. Lol.
     
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  6. Slater
    Yup, pure silver cable WILL blacken. ALL silver blackens in time (tarnish); it doesn’t matter if it’s wires or jewelry or coins or pure bullion. The only way to prevent it is to electroplate it with another metal.

    It doesn’t hurt anything, but people seem to freak out whenever any cable oxidizes...
     
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  7. FastAndClean
    i got the TRN balanced cables, they look high end
    UTB8i7gMjMnJXKJkSaelq6xUzXXaf.jpg
     
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  8. Dsnuts Contributor
    More importantly do they sound high end?
     
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  9. FastAndClean
    that is not my photo, i am still waiting for the earphones to try them out, now i have only one with mmcx conectors but they sound very warm and i am not sure if they are detailed enough to notice the difference, so i will wait for the 10BA monster and the carbon one too :floatsmile:, also one of the cables is for the OURART earbud with the new super thin titanium drivers
     
  10. Trapok
    A little bit Bling bling
    Trn Bling.jpg
     
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  11. Dsnuts Contributor
    Speaking of bling. This lunashops cable cost 2X as much as the silver one I ordered but supposed to be gold plated. Gold adding a bit of sonic changes to the silver. I am wondering about this one.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. FastAndClean
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  13. FastAndClean
    they are so pretty, i can wear that instead of chain :beyersmile::floatsmile:
     
  14. hakuzen
    i've tried his silver color version of that cable.
    good build construction, nice furutech style plugs, and strain reliefs.
    but too thin for my like.
    silver color dc resistance of 2 2.5mm balanced cables (L+ R+ L- R-, in mΩ):
    hck spc 8c furut silv 2pins: 310 303 302 319
    hck spc 8c furut silv mmcx: 309 313 305 308
    got quite better results (~180mΩ) with this thicker cable with eidolic style plugs (build construction and price are similar):
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32880388943.html
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    the wire used in this cable looks high end (color and thickness). the plugs and y-divider don't (they look cheap).
    the wire used seems to be the most conductive of all <$10 cables.
    but it's strange the way they are soldered, to get these dc resistances:
    balanced jack (L+ R+ L- R-, in mΩ):
    423 219 289 150
    429
    289 265 137
    414
    216 244 223
    singe end jack (L R GndL GndR, in mΩ):
    454 219 135 267
    you won't notice the difference between left and right, in volume (<0.2dB imbalance), but i don't like this uneven soldering, it spoils the purpose of using a decent wire.
    maybe the issue resides on the cheap jack itself, dunno
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2018
  15. Slater
    I just got my 1st (2) SE TRN cables yesterday (mmcx and 0.75mm; both 3.5mm SE).

    Personally, I think they looked better in the TRN promotional photos (but doesn’t everything LOL).

    I agree the plugs and splitter make it look cheap. I also wish the cable was copper/silver and not yellow/silver. It makes it look flashier than I would have wanted. I haven’t decided if I’m going to dye mine all black.

    Interestingly, my impedance measurements were not as widely varying as yours (up to a 0.4ohm difference). The most I measured in both of my SE cables was a 0.2ohm difference.
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2018
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