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

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  1. subwoof3r
    Nice pics, unfortunately there is no macro shot function on my Pixel 3 smartphone such as yours, but I have to agree that it is the best looking cable I own too and I forgive all its manipulating "problems" once listening to it, like you :)
    I just litened recently my cable 115 the "7N crystal copper" from NiceHCK, and they looks to sound SO similar to me.. I will need to make some more precision side-by-side track listening to really check and be sure, but for now I prefer to trust this 125 in the real material used.
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  2. Judge17
    I am looking to replace a bad cable that I am using with my Heir 8 (3.5 2pin). After reviewing @hakuzen detailed analysis and @Broquen posting on cable differences and Dsnuts comments, I believe that I have come up with my possible choices. The prices range from $15-$79 dollars

    ISN Audio C16 16 Shares 19 Cores Single Crystal Copper HiFi Audiophile IEM cable
    Acrolink 1.2m High Qulity PCOCC DIY Upgraded Earphone Cable Repair Replacement With 0.78mm 2 Pins Interface For 3.5 Plug
    LN006056 2.5mm 4.4mm 3.5mm 16 Cores OCC Silver Plated Mixed Earphone Cable For 0.78mm Custom 5 8 10 BA W4r Um3x Armature
    NICEHCK High Quality 8 Core Single Crystal Copper Silver Plated Cable 3.5/2.5/4.4mm Plug MMCX/2Pin Connector For NICEHCK M6 NK10
    HiFiHear 8 Core Silver Plated Upgraded Cable 2.5/3.5/4.4mm Balanced Cable With MMCX/2pin Connector For HQ5 HQ6 ZS10 ZS6 ES4
    inboofi 8 Core Single crystal Silver Plated Copper Cable 2.5/3.5/4.4mm Balanced Cable With MMCX/2pin Connector For KZ ZS10 LZ
    NICEHCK MMCX/2Pin Connector 3.5/2.5/4.4mm Balanced 8 Core 6N GC-OCC Single Crystal Copper Cable For AS06 BA10 NICEHCK EBX M6 N3

    Is there any clear winner in this list? Is there any cable that I should consider? The Acrolink cable intrigues me , but there seems to be many good choices.
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  3. archy121

    Is there a version of cable 125 in different colour/sheathing ?

    I’m really not a fan of bright shiny copper colour and I guess it may also oxidise over time and go greenish.

    @hakuzen are there alternative versions of this cable ?
    Last edited: May 5, 2019
  4. hakuzen
    128 is the silver color (silver plated copper) version of cable 125.
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  5. archy121
    Resistance measurements etc same so that similar Audio characteristics should be heard ?

    AliExpress link please. I couldn’t see link in your listing.
    Last edited: May 5, 2019
  6. teecee5
    check his first spoiler of the cables, there he explains the difference:



    Last edited: May 5, 2019
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  7. KimChee
    Can someone help me find the link to cable 130?
  8. archy121
    Thanks - I saw that already.
    Any idea of the cable name on AE etc ?

    Here you go mate.

    NICEHCK High Quality 8 Core Single Crystal Copper Silver Plated Cable 3.5/2.5/4.4mm Plug MMCX/2Pin Connector For NICEHCK M6 NK10
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  9. zeppu08
    Can you show me pics of the 2 pin you did filing on? Bought a 2 pin connector and didnt think that the iem has recessed sockets and cant use the cable i bought and maybe this can be the answer.
  10. KimChee
    Edit: I found it...price seemed to have gone up it was about $55-60 now it’s almost $90...more than I paid for c16 lol
    Last edited: May 5, 2019
  11. Dsnuts Contributor
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    Here you go. You can see the first pic. It takes a steady hand and several different sized files but it is doable. If your gonna try this. Take your time with the file. I held the connector in one hand and filed away with the other. Though if I had to do it again I would use a clamp of some sort to hold onto the connector. On the 2nd pic you can see a non filed 2 pin next to the filed one. You can see what I did there for the modification. The filed one on the right. The last pic is the cable on my Zeus as you can see it fits flush into the recessed socket.

    Again the key here is take your time and slowly file down the sides of the 2 pin leaving enough protrusion to fit the recessed socket. It might not look pretty but at least the cable is now usable. Before it would just pop out. Now it sits in the socket like it was made for it.
    Last edited: May 5, 2019
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  12. zeppu08
    Awesome! Ill surely try this! Thanks a lot!
  13. hakuzen
    search for "4 core silver plated copper cable". it's the one with thicker cores. you'll find 2 shops selling it.
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  14. candlejack
    Finaly got the 16 core SPC Acrolink cable over the weekend.

    I should say first of all that I've never been able to do any sort of reliable A/B testing for cable sound (the time it takes to change setup is too long for my hearing memory). Did some informal testing and I thought that perhaps, maybe, possibly, it provides a bit more clarity than another cheaper chi-fi cable from a brand I can't name. But it's more likely that the sound differences are inaudible for me. I've tried more expensive cables before and was unable to really hear differences, so I didn't expect anything big here either.

    However, sound improvement was not the main reason for me to get a new cable. What I was looking for were better quality materials, especially when it came to connectors and especially for the MMCX connectors. What can I say, I'm paranoid about ruining the female plug on my IEM. So, the connectors were the improvement I was looking for while the flaw I wanted to avoid was excessive stiffness and microphonics.

    Unfortunately this was a fail for both the connectors and the microphonics. The connectors aren't bad, but they're clearly a tier below in precision when compared to say ALO Audio. The microphonics are not the worst I've ever heard (that award has to go to the ALO Audio Ref8 or SXC8) but it's close. I've taken it with me to work today to test it out at the desk and walking home, see how bad the microphonics are in real-world scenarios. Will report on that later.

    In the meantime here are some photos (some relevant, some not so much).

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    Last edited: May 6, 2019
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  15. candlejack
    So now I have to ask:
    Which cable in your opinion has the best MMCX connectors (best in this case refers to geometric precision and surface finish) in a non-microphonic package?

    I'm tempted to buy 054 based on the pictures. @hakuzen, I know you've had this cable for a while, would you mind commenting on it, in the context of my last two posts? Thanks!
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