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

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  1. frapp2latte
    Great first impressions. Can't wait to get my 175, should be any day now. And interesting review of the H40. It's making me curious as to how they sound.
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  2. Dsnuts Contributor
    Ya out of nowhere a cable manufacturer decides to get into the earphone game. And BAM!

    It is the best sounding earphone I have put in my ears all year. Lol Seriously impressive for a company that just made cables as far as I know. The sonics of the H40 is at a similar level to my Ibasso IT04 which happens to be the same driver count 3BAs + Dynamic. For not even half the price. Unreal. Keep tabs on the thread I made for em. https://www.head-fi.org/threads/isn-h40-impression-thread.920551/ This one is gonna blow up very soon.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2019
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  3. Dsnuts Contributor
    Don't have any experience with this cable but you can buy it from here. https://penonaudio.com/fearless-audio-iem-cable.html Looks to be a good quality.
  4. SilverEars
  5. iamkn
    Hello, does anyone know a good 3.5 2-pin 0.78mm cable? The NiceHCK 16 Core Copper recommended by Hakuzen is great but it's too thick and heavy for me.

    Wondering if there's any good 6 or 8 core cable that sounds decent and has no low noise level.

    Thank you in advance!
  6. superuser1
    Depends on how much your budget is etc
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  7. iamkn
    Hoping to find one that costs roughly similar i.e. less than $15 or so.
  8. progdvd
    Just ordered cable 175 8 core balanced for my S8F with matching adapter. So this is the last audio purchase this year and next one until Qudelix 5K comes out. I guess I found my end game combo that is until I find DAP that pairs well with S8F I will be perfectly happy with ES100 and I'm sure 5K. But I'm not in a hurry, let's see what 2020 has in store for us.
    Thanks @hakuzen and others for the info.
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  9. iron2k
    @hakuzen do you know a good USB A to Micro USB cable ??? want it to connect my laptop to my portable DAC/AMP

    Thanks in advance.
  10. staticV3
    No amount of ooc, spc, litz, silver solder tin, or rhodium plated connectors will in any way improve your digital audio quality.
    Just get a solid USB cable from a renowned brand (NOT audio brand) and you'll be fine. Just as fine actually as that one guy who spent $550 on his USB cable.
    Of course, if you aware of all this and are just going for looks, then that's another matter. All power to you.
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  11. Krassi
    i just bought an 8core silverplated usb cable. My digital Signals now sound more warm and green with cinamon aroma....
    ....really its not the slightest difference to my amazon classic one how digital signals are handled.. . but its now in partnerlook with my cable 174! (only logical reason for the cable). Look ist amzing!
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  12. progdvd
    This one is of very good quality. I wouldn't know its audio properties but build and QC is great. Sounds good to me. There should be micro USB and USB-c variant.
  13. jithu215
    In my own experience generic usb cables are not suitable for usb dac purposes.They will work for sure but almost all of them will drain your phones or sources battery while in use.You have to buy audio specific cables.I brought two micro usb to c cable from amazon to use with my rha dacamp l1.both worked but drained my phones battery like hell.Then i brought shanling L2 cable.very high purity copper silver cable but the same problem again.i can see my phones battery drain about 40%/hour. then after researching on net i brought fiio cl06.it worked for me.no battery draining problem.worked like charm.But of all the cables i tried shanling l2 had a noticeable improvement in sound quality followed by fiio.but i dont know this applies to laptops.
    My personal opinion from my own experience.
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2019
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  14. Dsnuts Contributor
    [​IMG] Since everyone knows about 175 cable from EA being the more balanced in all good things higher end cable wise. I figure I would add a bit of what I figured out about this one. Cable 177, This is using 3 main ingrediants. Silver/UPOCC/Copper all braided and it is only available in 8 cores. These are cheaper than the 175 cables by about $20 probably due to being more copper than silver in the mix. As I mentioned before the cables is more influenced in the copper aspect of sound more so than silver. Where I found these to be matched up really well is with my Zeus. Zeus sound signature leans more toward analytical than musical meaning it has exacting details in the sonic qualitites and has amazing imagery. The only issue I have with them is that they can sound a bit bright at times with some recordings. I have been trying all sorts of cables on them. Just when I think I find the one. I get a new copper cable that does one better. That is the 177.

    The cable here matches up with more neutal/ analytical tunings due to the cable adding a bit more fullness and depth to the sound. Music has more body to the sound using this cable. No detraction from the imaging or detail over all but adds that nice bit of fullness and that makes the Zeus sound amazing.

    So again synergy with cable pairing and sound signatures is key to getting the best out of cables. Especially when your spending a lot to try them. I haven't tried the 175 cable I got on my Zeus but I don't think that would make for a good match with it due to the Zeus being hyper detailed already is my point. The 177 however is a perfect match for it. Smooths out the sonics a touch while adding some body to the sound. This cable was made for earphones like the Zeus.
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2019
  15. Krassi
    Thats interesting.. i had a similar experience with shuore tapes with 174 and 175...
    174 caused earbleeding :wink: with a super detailed IEM and copper from 175 made it better..
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