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

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  1. Trisse
    So i ordered the kinboofi recommended few pages back. Tho i was very close to buy this cable. Is it the same wire as 130?

    SEK 857.18 41%OFF | AK Newest Kinboofi Gold 8 Core Copper Silver Plated Upgrade Cable 3.5/2.5/4.4mm Cable With MMCX/2pin Connector For KZ TRN CCA
    https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/bMHgVwic

    It was on sale and was pretty cheap with coupons. But i didn't find it in the lists so didn't dare to buy it
     
  2. CoiL
    Agree. And add some basic knowledge of physics and electrics - You can choose even more wisely or go for DIY.
    I got my Fidelio X1 3.5mm TRS sockets mod installed and tried that DIY Litz wire based braided cable I posted about lately - marvelous result! SQ seems to be improved slightly with more clarity/details and tighter/cleaner bass.
    Will take some time to do proper A/B with my previous DIY van damme XKE Pro-patch cable which measured about 0.4 Ohm higher, to be sure I`m not hearing placebo.
    Will take some pics also soon :wink:
     
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  3. hakuzen
    love that honesty, and looks very good to me

    got 165 for around 69 USD before may sales
     
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  4. Broquen
    I've ordered Nicehck mixed version (UPOCC too) for about 70€, based on previous experience with quite some <30€ cables and stock ones (I found that like more mixed ones in that price range).
    Curious about how can compare more expensive (mixed) cables to only copper versions (maybe highs extend better than in cheaper ones, don't know), but my budget was done with this cable plus a couple of adapters.
    In any case, both of them (Nicehck and Neotech) look fantastic.
     
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  5. daid1
    This one is not the 165 I think, right?
     
  6. Broquen
    Not sure, but connectors are the same and maybe cable too. I did not see a mixed version of Neotech to visually compare either.
     
  7. hakuzen
    no it isn't. but similar quality cable surely.
    one link for 165 can be found in spoiler 1 of my list. there are 3 or 4 shops selling it now.
     
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  8. daid1
    Yep saw it, but because of that post I want to be sure :)
     
  9. Trisse
    But the cable i linked isn't 165 right? Looks like 130 but with different plugs. Are they better or worse then original 130?
     
  10. perfecious
    Hey everyone. Just wanted to share my solution for "improving" the strain relief on my cable 125. Basically, we used Heat-shrink tubing (huge thanks goes to my friend S.). It's the best possible approach/solution IMO, so here it goes:

    The size of the tube we used is 8mm (we have all kinds of sizes), and we stretched it a bit with our Long-Nose Plier, so it can pass through the jack:


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    TUT_3.jpg

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    TUT_FINAL_RESULT.jpg


    We used 2 pieces, one shorter below on top of the original strain-relief, and one longer on top, just in case. It's very sturdy, and looks nice with black tube, but more importantly, it does the job, and I'm no longer worried. We measured the cable (with and without adapter) and everything is as it should be. All connections are bellow 0.1 Ohms, so no bad/broken solders on my unit. Cheers. :)
     
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  11. hakuzen
    sorry, forgot to answer that. the one from your link uses same wire than 130, 131, 132, different plugs.
    you can check in my list they all show different conductivity, due to plugs, probably.
    best one was 130.
     
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  12. CoiL
    Added some pics with Fidelio X1 socket mod finished: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/new-philips-fidelio-x1.623013/page-397#post-14953110

    Anyway, SQ is great and improved over Van Damme XKE Pro-patch classic cable. Very happy with result :)
     
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  13. subwoof3r
    I think I found one of the ultimate real Pure SIlver (Litz) cable at an affordable price (100$), it's made by FiiO (sold by the official store himself) so we can be sure it is pure silver.
    Here is the link of the cable.
    I think this one will be my next :)

    Here is some pictures from product page :

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    Last edited: May 14, 2019
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  14. hakuzen
    this can be a real deal for single crystal silver cable. i'll get one when at sales for sure
     
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  15. archy121
    The marketing blurb seems more on the mark than any other cable’s description I have seen.
    Certainly has my attention.

    Would love @hakuzen to put it through comparison against his top current favourites.


    The seller also does UPOCC Litz version at only extra $10. The description for it is different though without the same marketing blurb.

    4Core Upgraded Copper Cable lizt 3.5/2.5/4.4mm Earphone Cable MMCX 2PIN
    https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/cjgfcurA
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2019
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