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

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  1. hakuzen
    just use "hakuzen" or "head-fi" words in the notes of the cable (together with your plugs choices) when making the order.
    use the coupons from the store, plus aliexpress coupon if you have it (for example, "friday10" to get $10 off during black friday), set "other payment" or "bank transfer" payment method, make the order, but don't pay it.
    the seller will adjust the total price, applying a 10% off over the total (except shipping costs).
    once adjusted, you can pay the order.
    you can also message them instead of adding the words in the item notes.
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  2. battosai
    hakuzen, would you recommend the 6N OCC + OCC Silver plating 26AWG Special Offer Headphone Upgrade Line MMCX 0.78MM 2PIN CEMA cable at ~$40 for best under $50 cable?
    link: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000009633191.html?spm=a2g0o.cart.0.0.68333c00MTyAvf&mp=1
  3. radarnigz5
    thanks for the super quick reply

    anyway bro, love your work, been here like 3 months already

    last, wanna ask if you have impressions ( like you said ) on lower end of 183 vs 175
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  4. hakuzen
    yes. i'd like to listen to music with it longer, but my first impressions were it is my favorite hybrid cable below $50. you don't get the soundstage of up-occ wires, but tonal perception is spot on, balanced and versatile, plus good quality plugs (although the chin slider is loose like in most last not thick 4 cores cables, not a deal breaker, as long as there are several methods to add a tighter slider).

    sorry, not yet. i should be sleeping now. i'll try as soon as possible.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2019
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  5. Xiche
    Longtime thread lurker here, and thinking of picking up a quality cable ... have some questions!

    - The price for 210 (Oalloy) cable looks great, but what's the gap between cable 175 (4 core) vs the 210? 175 4 core is $110, while 210 is $90 on Black Friday. They are similar in price - what is recommended?

    - Also, what's the gap between the 4 core vs 8 core version of 175 - is it worth just jumping straight to 8 core (since for 8 core, each end will have 1 copper and 1 silver each, while 4 core will have either copper only/silver only)

    Edit: also wanted to say thanks for the cables thread @hakuzen - I got the 140 cable after viewing it, which got me into cables!
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2019
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  6. hakuzen
    210 (oalloy) bass perception has amazed me and overall it's comparable to any of the best up-occ cables in my list.
    but i still prefer 175, near to 210 bass perception, but incomparable excellent upper-mids and highs: soundstage depth, layering, most detailed ringing decay. besides of quality of plugs.

    no problem with 4 cores if using balanced termination, because analog sound, all frequencies, travel through both wires, positive and negative (inverted positive). no differences.
    i've not tried this with single-end termination (positive and ground signals); to me, guess the material used for positive signal would have more influence in this case, but i've heard impressions from other head-fiers who tried it and already notice the mix.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2019
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  7. fokta
    The Super Litz is not available...

    although the SX8 seems tempeting.. Ship to my country, the price will be not attractive anymore
  8. Dsnuts Contributor
    SX8 is probaly not gonna be better than EA cables at that price. I would skip on those to be honest. Now that pure silver cable for that price is silly. You know it is for real too since it is from alo. Can't believe they have that cable for that price but you have to have a phone that needs better precision and detail for that cable to be worth it but man that is a good price.

    Neo cable from penon is comparable but those cost $160. Might tell you guys what kind of deal that cable is.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2019
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  9. radarnigz5
    wait, i understand it as... (in IEMs)

    4 cores vs 8 cores on balanced has little to no effect sound? (aside from resistance ofc)

    8 cores is a must for single ended (assuming its hybrid like 175)

    am i understanding it right in layman terms?
  10. fokta
    You got some point... I used to love Ref8... it sounded good for me with SOLARIS, although with alot of weakness, like stiff and microphonic.
    Now, I stuck again with the same character cable with BRISE.. but if sounds great then I try to compromise it..

    Anyway... was doing AB for my headphone... somehow.... 179 still my cup of tea... ooo well...
    For sure, Sound Emphasize will not affect alot for headphone, like Hakuzen once told me, About Impedance and Dynamic driver...
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2019
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  11. 40lb
    You had me at pure silver at $49 Screenshot_20191126-122504_Gmail.jpg
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  12. LaughMoreDaily
    I checked out the link but when adding a cable to the cart to see the shipping price I couldn't see the cart? It was a blank window. Weird.

    PS: Shipping cost is almost $29 for one cable. Lol. Enjoy your expensive cables.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2019
  13. LaughMoreDaily
    That's an awesome cable. Find me a better one for $20USD! :wink:
  14. CobraMan
    I was running into similar problems with Internet Explorer and things not displaying on AE (and other sites as well) - using Google Chrome solved those problems.

    So you may want to try another browser if the problem persists with whichever you are using now.

    Just a thought...

    LaughMoreDaily likes this.
  15. facethemusic88
    There is an iem called Faaeal Hibicus that comes with a litz copper cable. The cable alone looks pretty good. They sell the cable alone and it is around $17usd. Any idea if this is good?
    LaughMoreDaily likes this.
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