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Resistance of cables; pics, comments, and links

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  1. hakuzen
    links to sections:

    - cables below 400mΩ measurements
    ..............pics, comments, and links, part 1
    ..............pics, comments, and links, part 2
    ..............pics, comments, and links, part 3
    ..............pics, comments, and links, part 4

    - cables for KZs (below $40, most below $25) measurements
    ..............pics, comments, and links, part 1
    ..............pics, comments, and links, part 2

    - jack adapters (measurements, pics, and links)


    created this thread because some people suggested that the measurements info should be found easier, rather than buried in posts from different threads, and because updating the info is also easier for me this way.

    we can keep discussing in the low end cables thread, or KZ thread in case of cables for KZs.
    but feel free to comment or discuss here as well, if you like..
    rules are the usual head-fi rules for threads.

    these lists pretend to be a compendium of recent cables, which provide good value (affordable decent quality). most are chinese (chi-cables).
    the number preceding each cable is chosen arbitrarily as convenient identification (sorry for the "cryptic" numbers, but after watching the pics at spoiler section twice, you get used to the numbers of the cables you are interested of).
    you can find pics, comments and links (no banned seller links, nor links when the cable is widely spread) at spoiler sections.

    low resistance is symptom of quality of wires, plugs, and solders (together with total thickness of the conductor, of course).
    low resistance is important to get minimum total output impedance (of course, if your source output impedance is high, total will be high regardless of cable resistance), in order to minimize tonal alterations when using iems with balanced armatures.
    it's also convenient to decrease attenuation and to increase damping factor and efficiency.
    (considering my gear, i'd aim to cables below 200mΩ resistance, ~26awg).

    cables don't sound, they can only degrade sound more or less.
    material and quality of the conductor, plugs, and sleeves, contribute to minimize degradation.
    the ideal cable wouldn't degrade sound, so you could reach the limits of your source and phones.

    usual measurements don't reveal significant differences in tonality nor distortion. but when rolling cables while listening music, many of us find differences about background noise and stage, which can affect to thickness, definition, separation, and imaging perception. they are not big differences, but noticeable. all these parameters are not easily measurable, and our brain is very special when perceiving sound.

    when you plan to buy a cable, you should consider all this. if your sources and/or phones have low quality, it's absurd to get a fancy expensive cable: the bottleneck won't be in the cable.
    once you get decent quality gear, you have to remember than in audio every next upgrade is more expensive to get smaller improvement. the limit is your perfectionism grade, and your wallet.
    a good idea is to keep proportion, or to pass when you know that the improvement is not worth it compared to the cost.

    Other considerations about capacitance, geometry, and isolation of cables

    based on my experience with chinese cables:
    copper
    when they say high purity copper, it means simple OFC (oxygen free copper).
    there is better quality copper (single crystal, OCC -ohno continuous casting-, and variants, like frozen copper or others). in theory, few boundaries in copper help to better conductivity, more linear resistance.
    same with purity grade of copper (4N=99.99%, 5N=99.999%, 6N=99.9999%, 7N=99.99999%). fewer impurities help to better conductivity, more linear resistance.
    difference of price is usually huge, compared to audible improvement. chinese manufacturers and sellers lie frequently about the quality of the copper (specially about purity grade) and it's difficult to prove it.
    so trying them is the only way to know if it's worth it for you.
    silver
    when they say silver plated copper, it is usually tin or alloy plated. when they say pure silver wire, it is pure silver plated copper wire frequently.
    true silver plating raise the price considerably. and true pure silver wire is around double the price of true silver plated copper.
    silver is only a bit more conductive than copper. its structure and purity could contribute to better conductivity, more linear resistance, as well.
    again, we are in the same place than before: audible improvement? at what cost?

    there is some consensus about copper and silver (true silver, not tin or other alloys): copper preserves lows better, silver preserves highs better. not demonstrated once again, but some people affirm to be able to distinguish between them.


    measurement of DC resistance of cables

    1. calibrate your multimeter.
    1a. set your DMM to measure resistance, mΩ range, if available.
    2a. touch the leads one against the other. read resistance of them and note it. do it for any leads (point, alligators, etc.) you plan to use. you only have to do this once. choose the less resistance leads of each type available.
    3a. if your DMM is able to use a reference for relative measuring (REL button or similar), you can set your lead resistance as reference.

    2. measure resistance.
    2a. set your DMM to measure resistance, mΩ range, if available.
    2b. measure resistance (details, below).
    2c. if you used relative measuring, the DMM has already substracted leads resistance. if don't, you have to subtract it to your measurement.

    to measure 2pins TRS cables.
    Tip is left signal, Ring is right signal, Sleeve is common ground. for example, to measure left path, touch or clip (i use low resistance alligator or flat clips for this, easier and more stable) tip of the jack with one lead, and signal pin of left side with the other.

    to measure MMCX TRS cables.
    you can measure L/R ground easily. one lead touches sleeve part of the jack, and the other, touches the external circle of the mmcx plug.
    to measure L/R signal, you have to touch the inner small pin of the mmcx plug. depending of the leads type used, this can be complicated. point leads make it easier in this case. i use clips, so i add an mmcx to 2pins adapter of known resistance (tiny) to measure signal more comfortably.

    to measure when TRRS balanced jack in the cable (2.5mm, 4.4mm; remember this is different to TRRS single end+mic jacks)
    you have to know which is the balance norm used for the cable. the most used is:
    tip: R-, ring1: R+, ring2: L+, sleeve: L-. (negative are cold -inverted- signals, positive are hot signals; no ground needed nor available, except a screen braid connecting the mass of the plugs in cables with RF/EMI protection).

    resolution.
    10mΩ (two decimal digits) is desired (1mΩ would be superb, but not usual).
    usual cheap DMMs use 100mΩ (one decimal digit) resolution. too much error in both leads and cable measurements, but can be used to get a gross idea.

    for resistance measurements (mΩ), i use Vapcell YR1030 (https://lygte-info.dk/review/InternalResistanceMeterYR1030 UK.html , around $38), because of its resolution (~1mΩ) and because it uses 4 terminal leads (alligator clamps or probes, like showed at https://lygte-info.dk/review/InternalResistanceMeterYR1035 UK.html ); this is very comfortable: you don't have to subtract leads resistance, and measurements are more stable.
    i use UNI-T UT61E for voltage (mV) measuring.

    anyway, you can use a cheaper dmm as well. here is an example using a $22 DMM (ZOYI ZT109, 2 decimal points at Ω, 10mΩ resolution), with very low resistance clamp leads (they didn't come with the dmm). you have to wait until reading is stable.

    1. calibration: ~10mΩ (0.01Ω) leads resistance
    cables_z_01.jpg

    2. measurement of $20 cable, 2.5mm balanced, left+ signal:
    cables_z_02.jpg cables_z_03.jpg

    0.11Ω - 0.01Ω (leads resistance) = 0.10Ω (100mΩ).
    absolute error of this measurement: ~15mΩ



    calculation of resistance of a cable, given conductor material, structure, and length

    you can read this tutorial. there are also tools in internet whcih make the calculations for you.

    1. calculate section of each strand (surface of a circle). StrandSection = pi * Radius * Radius. your strand diameter is 0.04. radius is half the diameter. so StrandSection = pi * 0.02 * 0.02 = 0.0012566 mm2

    2. calculate section of the the core. CoreSection = NumberOfStrands * StrandSection. so CoreSection = 0.0012566 * 80 = 0.1 mm2 (this is equivalent to a wire of 0.36mm diameter = 27awg)

    3. calculate section of each signal. SignalSection = NumberOfCoresPerSignal * CoreSection. if your wire is 4 cores, each signal will use 1 core (2 for ground); if your wire is 8 cores, 2 cores are used per signal. let's imagine this is your case. SignalSection = 2 * 0.1 = 0.2 mm2 (which is equivalent to 0.51mm diameter = 24awg).

    4. calculate resistance per signal for you length. Resistance= (MaterialResistivity / SignalSection) * Length
    here are typical resistance of some materials at 20ºC, per area of square millimeter (and conductivity is the inverse of resistivity, 1/resistivity).
    ..Silver 0.0159
    ..Copper 0.0168
    ..Annealed copper 0.0172
    ..Gold 0.0244
    ..Aluminum 0.0265
    let's imagine your wire is copper, and your length is 2m
    Resistance = (0.0168 / 0.2) * 2 = 0.168Ω = 168mΩ.

    add plugs and solders resistance (let's say around 15-30mΩ), and your 8 cores cable of 2m will have a total resistance of 190mΩ per signal.
    note that the difference when using pure silver is not much (around 180mΩ).
     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2019
  2. hakuzen
    CABLES BELOW 400mΩ. MEASUREMENTS.

    you can find more discussions about these cables at:
    https://www.head-fi.org/threads/low-end-cheap-generic-otherwise-bang-for-buck-cable-thread.891911/

    measurements:
    resistance, in mΩ: left, right, groundL, groundR, or L+, R+, L-, R- (balanced)
    [weight], in g
    parallel capacitance, in pF: left/groundL, right/groundR, or L+/L-, R+,R- (balanced)
    [total length] (plugs excluded), in cm (take this in account, because resistance and capacitance depends of it)
    -ordered by resistance/m (approx.)-

    measured with high precision multimeter.
    blue color: @BadReligionPunk measurements

    notations:
    build method of wire material:
    ...of=oxygen free; sc=single crystal; occ=oh-no continuous casting and variants;
    ...lz=litz; frz=frozen/cryo
    wire material:
    ...c=copper; cu=copper; tpc=tin or alloy plated copper; spc=silver plated copper;
    ...ag=silver; au=gold
    <num>c=number of cores
    color:
    ...silver= white/silver; copper= orange/pink; brown= brown/dark copper; gold= yellow
    chinese jack style (metallic):
    ...eid= eidolic; oyde= oyaide; furt=furutech; alo=alo audio; bsp=bispa; scrf=switchcraft
    M: mmcx/2pins and 3.5/2.5/4.4mm balanced terminations available
    Mx: mmcx and 3.5/2.5/4.4mm balanced terminations available
    V: different terminations for headphones, and not standard terminations for earphones


    cleanest sound with cables (atm and imo, after listening round up of a few cables):
    175, 174/173, 177/169, 171/170, 172/165, 125, 128, 130-132, 133, 140, 151, 160.
    my actual favorites, in terms of sound, are cables 175 (silver & copper), 174/173 (silver), 177/169 (spc+copper), 171/170 (copper), 172/165 (copper), 194 (silver & copper), followed by 125 (copper) and 128 (spc).

    125. 7n occ 4c (copper,furt,MV)....................................57/57/bad/55..59/59/bad/57..53/53/54/54..64/62/62/71..[36]..113/124/137..101/121/144..[115/121/117]
    128. 7n spc 4c (silver,eid,M)..........................................63..64..58..71..[38]..102..89..[115]
    150. isn audio C16 scc 16c (copper,M).........................78..83..73..86..[52.9]..297..294..[124]
    151. isn audio H16 spc 16c (white,M)............................82..81..77..88..[50.2]..242..263..[124]
    065. jcally 5n ofc/tpc 4c (copper,cheap furt,MV)............88/86..89/89..90/82..92/93..[36]..133..146..[117]
    065. jcally 5n tpc 4c (dark blue,cheap furt,MV)..............84..184..80..107..[34.4]
    160. acrolink 6n occ 8c (light grey,MV)..........................95..95..91..102..[37]..210..193..[120]
    161. acrolink 6n occ spc 8c (purple,MV)........................90..99..83..95..[38]..214..187..[120]
    052. tpc 8c (gold,eid,M).................................................96..99..91..104..[27.5]
    130. hck djy1 7n occ spc 8c (brown/gold,eid,M)............100..101..98..111..[33.4]..159..164..[118]
    163. acrolink spc 6n occ 16c (silver,MV)........................121..109..106..105..[29.8]..154..155..[118] donated by @candlejack
    131. 7n occ spc 8c (brown,oyde,M)...............................107..114..106..125..[31.4] defective (see comments section)
    132. luna 7n occ spc 8c (brown/gold,furt,M)..................121..121..116..151..[31.5]
    053. hck ct1 ofc 8c (brown,bsp,M).................................110..avg (115 mmcx)..[27]..many measured
    145. zsfs tpc 8c (brown,slim plugs,ath-im02,V)..............117..118..112..132
    051. tpc 8c (grey,eid,M).................................................128..128..126..138..[27.4]
    052. tpc 8c (silver,eid)....................................................130..avg..many measured
    133. gucraftsman 6n occ spc? 8c (grey,alo,MV)............135..133..124..128..[27.5]..151..148..[126]
    133. gucraftsman 6n occ 8c (brown,alo,MV)..................136/142..143/143..127/133..130/135..[26.8]..145..173..[126] (mmcx/2.5mmTRS)
    115. spc+shield 4c[8c] (grey/white silver,oyde,MV)........137/128..136/126..131/131..139/139..[26.9]..110..92..[118]
    175. eac upocc AgAu+cu lz frz 8c (silv/cop,eagle,MV)...139/138..142/137..136/134..144/134..[28/32.4]..118/128-119/136..[113] 2.5/4.4mm
    175. eac upocc AgAu+cu lz frz 8c (silv/cop,eagle,MV)....195/188/166..163/176/167..161/161/166..173/186/163..[35.7/33.7/35]..137/144/160..138/137/145..[137/140/140]
    171. eac 7n upocc cu lz frz 8c (copper,eagle,MV)..........133..143..132..142..[30.5]..121..111..[117]
    171. eac 7n upocc cu lz frz 8c (blue,eagle,MV)..............156/133..162/154..145/132..184/152..[31.8/30.5]..134/121..131/111..[136/117] mmcxLongCable/2pin
    174. eac upocc Ag99Au1 8c (silver,eagle,MV)...............140/151..143/151..142/146..149/158..[34]..114/121..104/113..[113/111] 2pins/mmcx
    053. hck tdy1 tpc 8c (silver,bsp,M)..................................134/155..163/150..132/138..148/152
    066. jcally 5n tpc 8c (black,cheap furt,MV)......................249/155/155..130/145/146..126/138/142..126/140/142..[29.2]
    168. tw 6n ofc 4c (copper,eid,Mx)....................................164..165..160..179..[24.7]..86..78..[116]
    194. eac 5n ag & 7n occ cu frz 2x2c (silver,eagle,MV).....218..220..99..109..[25.1]..170..166..[120]
    177. eac 7n upocc spc&cu lz frz 8c (silv+cop,eagle,MV)..209..204..208..210..[29.8]..137..129..[142]
    120. bgvp 6n occ+spc? 8c (grey) =DM6 stock................169..173..277..190
    052. tpc+ofc? 8c (silver+copper,eid,M)............................135/131..131/132..190/184..208/240
    110. 7n spc 16c (silver,viablue).......................................165..145..155..155
    052. tpc 8c (copper,eid,M)...............................................180..avg..[24.7]..many measured
    052. tpc 8c (brown,eid,M)................................................188..188..185..185
    100. impactAudio infinite 5n ofc 4c (custom,MV).............190..190..182..180
    165. tw 7n upocc cu frz 4c (copper+brown,eid,Mx)..........191..191..187..200..[23.5]..74..68..[112]
    064. hck ct4 ofc 16c (brown,M)........................................193..208..168..202..[22.6]..[119]
    060. hck ct3 ofc 8c (brown,furt,M)....................................206/210..206/204..200/205..486/195..[19]
    055. tpc 16c (silver,oyde,M).............................................221/232..218/236..221/221..232/235
    063. hck tdy3 tpc 16c (black,furt,M).................................223..226..225..230..[21.9]
    062. hck ct2 ofc 16c (brown,furt,M)..................................402/235..259/243..239/250..244/246..[22.5]
    070. tpc 16c (pink,eid,M)..................................................240..240..237..252..[22.2]
    054. lz 6n frozen spc 8c (brown,M)...................................240..240..240..300..[22.9]..144..137..[123]
    155. "silver" spc 8c (silver,eid,MV)...................................256/254..258/249..245/245..260/246..[23.4]
    170. eac 7n upocc cu lz frz 4c (copper,eagle,MV)............252..254..268..290..[21.5]..73..71..[120]
    050. tpc 8c (black,oyde,M)...............................................260..270..260..260
    192. eac 6n upocc cu lz 4c (copper,eagle,MV).................360..[23.7/24.3]..98..93..[149]..avg..many measured..2pins/mmcx
    059. kz tpc 8c (silver+gold,oyde,M)..................................281..278..250..255..[17.9]
    081. audbos/tenhz p4 pro stock spc/tpc? 4c (silver)........282/282..283/279..275/275..275/275
    105. 7n silver 4c (silver,mps)...........................................300..290..280..280
    140. hck djt1 6n gc-occ 8c (brown,alo,M)........................293/303..298/306..292/292..302/304..[17]..136..133..[127/131]
    057. hck spc 8c (silver,furt,M)..........................................310..303..302..319
    169. tw 7n upocc spc&cu lz frz 4c (silv+cop,eid,mmcxM)..316..319..311..327..[19.7]..79..73..[115]
    080. tin audio t2 stock spc/tpc? 4c (silver,furt) ................331..325..318..319
    082. toneking t4 stock spc/tpc 8c (blue+black)................348..341..358..357
    061. hck tdy4 spc 8c (black,furt,M)..................................350..avg..[17.4]..many measured
    037. kz mmcx tpc 4c (silver,oyde).....................................384..384..375..376
    058. kz tpc+ofc 8c A(0.75) (silver+copper,oyde,M)...........216..213..479..503
    058. kz spc+ofc 8c B(0.78) (silver+copper,oyde,M)..........541..552..222..220
    056. trn spc 6n occ 8c (silver+black,cheapBal furt,M)......423/414/249/260..219/216/245/240..289/244/480/475..150/223/145/135
    056. trn spc 6n occ 8c (yellow+silver,cheapBal furt,M).....429..289..265..137
    056. trn spc 6n occ 8c (yellow+silver,cheap furt,M)..........454/448..219/218..135/245..267/128
    050. tpc 8c (gold,oyde,M).................................................346..636..374..443
     
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2019
  3. hakuzen
    CABLES BELOW 400mΩ. info, pics, comments, links. PART 1 of 4


    175. eac upocc AgAu+cu lz frz 8c (silv/cop,eagle,MV):
    195/188/166..163/176/167..161/161/166..173/186/163 mΩ..[35.7/33.7/35g]..137/144/160..138/137/145 pF..[137/140/140cm]
    139/138..142/137..136/134..144/134 mΩ..[28/32.4g]..118/128-119/136 pF..[113cm] 2.5/4.4mm
    mix of cables 170/171 (copper) and 173/174 (silver), from electro acousti. please read the comments of these cables to get an idea of characteristics of this cable.
    now, 4 cores version is in stock, due to great success of 8 cores version.
    in 8 cores version, one core of each material is used in every contact/signal. this way, the attributes are a direct average of cables 171 and 174, and i think it's the best approach for mixing different wires in single-ended cables. other possibility to explore with balanced cables is using one material for positive signals and the other for negative signals, which is a must for 4 cores version.
    it's the most versatile cable: it can pair well either with dark or bright combos.
    not needed to say this is same top quality cable as 174 and 171. mix of one of the purest copper litz and silver wires (up-occ) you can find.
    curious thing is how the craftman braided the cores; the result is like a zebra snake, very original indeed. also available with standard braid and blue sleeved copper.
    my favorite hybrid cable; pure silver + copper, and my absolute favorite.
    pics: it's a true beauty..
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
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    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000158772005.html
    custom cable at electro acousti: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/5003206


    173, 174. eac upocc Ag99Au1 8c (silver,eagle,MV).
    taiwan neotech oem up-occ pure silver99% + Au1% alloy. 28awg/core, PE sheath, from electro acousti.
    eagle true rhodium plated plug (over gold plating); superb quality plug, there is a big difference between these components (jack, divider, slider), and those used in any other chi-cable from my list; the plug costs over $14, while others cost $2-3. good strain reliefs.
    mmcx, 2pins, QDC, and other terminations, together with 2.5, 3.5, 4.4mm plugs, available. you can also ask for other terminations, like 2.5mm or 3.5mm plugs for headphones, and not ear molded guides (search for desired plugs in their stock).
    flexible wire, but not the most flexible; it's supple, considering its thickness.
    some microphonics, then, although i don't notice them when music is playing.
    like the other up-occ wires, sound is very clean, reference. darker background, deeper soundstage, which helps to better separation and imaging perception. this also leads to better definition and detail.
    compared with the other up-occ wires, i do notice the effect of pure silver.
    mids and highs become more layered than in any other wire. soundstage is bigger, deeper, sounds come from many different places, even at dense passages. you can easier locate and separate them from others. the result is a clearer perception of mids and highs. you can better notice their ringing decay. this is the best wire i've tried for mids and highs.
    lows are tight, punchy (great hit hats), and detailed. you can follow the bass line easier, fine texture. but you notice less bass rumble, shorter note size, than with up-occ copper.
    so this wire is excellent for taming bass in dark combos, or for mid-treble-heads (like me).
    if you miss bolder bass and rumble, you better try up-occ copper.
    this is my favorite pure silver cable atm.

    wire used:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33046978735.html
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33049568537.html

    174. 8 cores version: 140/151..143/151..142/146..149/158 mΩ..[34g]..114/121..104/113 pF..[113/111cm]
    outer diameter: 5.3mm. length from splitter: 36/38cm.
    structure: 0.10mm*10(ID:0.36mm/OD:1.4mm/28.15awg)*8c [2c/signal:25.16AWG]
    [​IMG]

    173. 4 cores version:
    structure: 0.10mm*10(ID:0.36mm/OD:1.4mm/28.15awg)*4c
    [​IMG]


    170, 171. eac 7n upocc cu lz frz (copper/blue,eagle,M).
    taiwan neotech oem frozen 7n up-occ copper litz (independent shield/enamel of every thread in each core), 28awg/core, PE sheath; "frozen and strengthened by American cryo parts". from electro acousti.
    eagle true rhodium plated plug (over gold plating), sandal wood divider and wood/metal chin slider; superb quality plugs, there is a big difference between these components (plug, divider, slider), and those used in any other chi-cable from my list; the plug costs over $14, while others cost $2-3.
    strain relief is a bit stiff (soft heat-shrink); this could be improved. edit: this has been improved in cable 171; now it's very good.
    mmcx, 2pins, QDC, and other terminations, together with 2.5, 3.5, 4.4mm plugs, available.you can also ask for other terminations, like 2.5mm or 3.5mm plugs for headphones, and not ear molded guides (search for desired plugs in their stock).
    flexible wire, but not the most flexible; i expected the 8 cores would be stiffer; it's quite supple for its thickness.
    some microphonics, then, although i don't notice them when music is playing.
    sound is very clean, reference. darker background, deeper soundstage; definition is so great, that i get the best separation and imaging perception.
    litz shielding can give even darker background than wire used in cable 172/165 (no litz); this is confirmed after first listening; difference is subtle (as usual with cables), but noticeable and welcome.
    bass keeps its rumble, while detailed. mids and highs perception is clearer than with other copper cables.
    this is my favorite copper cable, atm.

    wire used:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33008255130.html (transparent sleeve) and/or
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1000007631873.html (blue accent sleeve, kind of blue/purple, it changes its color depending of the light)
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    171. 8 cores version
    copper color:......133..143..132..142 mΩ..[30.5g]..121..111 pF..[117cm]
    blue color 2pin:...133..154..132..152 mΩ..[30.5g]..121..111 pF..[117cm]
    blue color mmcx:.156..162..145..184 mΩ..[31.8g]..134..131 pF..[136cm] (extra length)

    outer diameter: 5mm. length from splitter: 37cm.
    structure: 0.08mm*19(OD:1.08mm/27.3awg)*4c [2c/signal: 24.3AWG]
    copper color:
    [​IMG]
    blue/purple color (plus 3.5mm TRS to 2.5mm TRRS adapter, using same wire):
    [​IMG]

    170. 4 cores version: 252..254..268..290 mΩ..[21.46g]..73..71 pF..[120cm]
    outer diameter: 4.3mm. length from splitter: 41cm.
    structure: 0.08mm*19(OD:1.08mm/27.3AWG)*4c
    [​IMG]

    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1000007909452.html


    169, 177.
    taiwan neotech oem frozen 7n up-occ silver plated copper and copper, mixed strands in each core, litz (independently shielded/enameled). PE sheath.
    very good quality conductor material.
    not very flexible wire, but ok; some microphonics, then, but i can't hear them when playing music.
    sound is very clean, reference. dark background, bigger soundstage; definition is so great, that i feel better separation and imaging than the rest.
    litz shielding can give even darker background than wire used in cable 165 (no litz, but thicker); this is confirmed after first listening; difference is subtle (as usual with cables), but noticeable and welcome.
    i usually prefer copper to silver plated copper (except for some dark phones). but the difference when quality of wire is so high, gets minimized. in this case, i prefer this mix. mids and highs look a bit closer, thanks to silver plated copper, while lows keep their texture intact, thanks to copper.
    this is my favorite spc+copper cable, atm. but i prefer hybrid cable 175 (more expensive); even bigger stage, layering, and even clearer mids and highs.
    wire used:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1000007736919.html
    [​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG]

    177. eac 7n upocc spc&cu lz frz 8c (silv+cop,eagle,MV): 209..204..208..210 mΩ..[29.8]..137..129 pF..[142cm]
    structure: 0.08mm?*7(spc)+0.10mm?*5(copper)(OD:1.08mm/28.4awg)*8c [2c/signal: 25.4AWG]
    outer diameter: 5mm. length from splitter: 39cm.
    custom cable of 1.5m (from 12m of wire), 8 cores (you can ask for 4 cores version as well), from electro acousti.
    eagle true rhodium plated plug (over gold plating) with sandal wood terminated shell, sandal wood divider and metal chin slider; superb quality plugs, there is a big difference between these components (plug, divider, slider), and those used in any other chi-cable from my list.
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    links:
    custom cable at electro acousti: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/5003206

    169. tw 7n upocc spc&cu lz frz 4c (silv+cop,eid,Mx): 316..319..311..327 mΩ..[19.7g]..79..73 pF..[115cm]
    structure: 0.08mm?*7(spc)+0.10mm?*5(copper)(OD:1.08mm/28.4AWG)*4c
    outer diameter: 4.3mm. length from splitter: 46cm.
    only mmcx (with 2.5, 3.5, and 4.4mm jacks) available. these mmcx plugs from Taiwan are wider than average, their quality is superior, preciser mechanized: safe and easier pop in and out. rotate freely.
    [​IMG]


    165, 172.
    taiwan neotech oem 7n frozen up-occ (no litz), PE sheath.
    structure: 0.10mm*16(OD:1.2mm/26AWG)*4c.
    not very thick, but acceptable, because of the great quality of conductor material.
    not very flexible wire, guess it's due to the sleeve. some microphonics, then, but i can't hear them when playing music.
    sound is very clean, reference. dark background, bigger soundstage; definition is so great, that i feel better separation and imaging than the rest. but litz version of this wire is better.
    overall great quality affordable when around $70.
    wire used:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1000007390866.html and/or
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1000007394876.html
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    172. eac 7n upocc cu frz 4c (copper/brown,eagle,MV)
    from electro acousti.
    various plugs (mini-plugs included), dividers, and 2-pin/mmcx termination available; transparent or brown sleeve (guess you could ask.for mixed colors as well)
    [​IMG][​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32999961682.html

    165. tw 7n upocc cu frz 4c (copper+brown,eid,Mx): 191..191..187..200 mΩ..[23.5g]..74..68 pF..[112cm]
    outer diameter: 5mm. length from splitter: 45cm.
    only mmcx (with 2.5, 3.5, and 4.4mm jacks) available. these mmcx plugs from Taiwan are wider than average, their quality is superior, preciser mechanized: safe and easier pop in and out. rotate freely.
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32997339497.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32997399146.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33005627267.html


    194. eac 5n ag & 7n occ cu frz 2x2c (silver,eagle,MV): 218..220..99..109 mΩ..[25.1g]..170..166 pF..[120cm]
    core OD: 1.65mm. outer diameter: 4mm. length from splitter: 40cm.
    5n sterling silver ribbon (65%), 7n occ copper, "double-layer freezing treatment", from the US.
    electro acousti shop.
    don't know its structure, but it looks like there is an inner conductor, some kind of insulation, and then a layer of braided ribbon (flat wire) of pure silver. so 2 conductors inside each core.
    don't know the sleeve material, but guess it's PVC or even teflon, because the wire is stiff and springy, harder than PE sheath.
    this topology is different to any other wire i've seen, and the sound you get when using it is also unique. very interesting.

    resistance is amazing, very low, for such thickness (specially the ground/negative conductors).
    inner conductor is used for one signal, and the braid silver layer for the other.
    i was expecting that highs perception would be improved by using flat silver wire. and they are indeed, but the rumble of lows is also remarkable, unexpected from this frozen silver wire (maybe round copper inside?).
    edit: yes, description update confirmed it uses copper as well, which explains the bass rumble.
    so extension is huge at both sides.
    soundstage is wide, and bigger overall than any other cables, but up-occ. same for background noise.
    very good sound overall. i have to listen and do more AB to further compare it with up-occ wires.
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    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000146981622.html


    192. tw 6n upocc litz no-frozen 4c (copper,eagle,MV): 360 mΩ (average)..[23.7g 2pin / 24.3g mmcx]..98..93 pF..[149cm, extra length]
    outer diameter: 5mm. length from splitter: 42cm.
    6n up-occ copper litz, not frozen, 26awg. ultra soft and cheesy sheath (silicone? kind of PE?).
    thin threads are twisted together creating thicker threads, which are twisted between them.
    it's one of the softest and most flexible wire in my list. guess the cause is the sleeve. you have to take care of it. it melts instantaneously with fire, and looks weak and cheesy (noticed it when removing the litz from the naked wire i bought).
    resistance measurements of the cable are more proper of a 28awg wire than 26awg, but parallel capacitance measurements are pretty low.
    i don't know the material used to enamel the strands, but it's hard to remove before soldering. this could explain the higher resistance than expected, and also the nice capacitance.
    i wasn't expecting much from this cheap wire, but it has impressed me. black background and big stage, like other higher quality up-occ wires. it's not as good as 7n frozen litz versions, but i much prefer it to other similar priced chinese wires.
    lows are good textured and keep good rumble, highs aren't swallowed like in other cheap copper cables.
    together with ultra softness and suppleness and price, this cable becomes very interesting. great value.
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    wire used:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1000007820233.html (very affordable)
    [​IMG]

    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33004747860.html
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2019 at 2:21 AM
    Cevisi, archdawg, DocHoliday and 2 others like this.
  4. hakuzen
    CABLES BELOW 400mΩ. info, pics, comments, links. PART 2 of 4


    125. 7n occ 4c (copper,furt,MV): 57/57/bad/55..59/59/bad/57..53/53/54/54..64/62/62/71 mΩ..[36g]..113/124/137..101/121/144 pF..[115/121/117cm]
    outer diameter: 5.8mm. length from splitter: 39cm.
    7n occ copper or alloy (let's trust it..), 0.1mm*63-65strands*4cores (equivalent to 20AWG/signal). PU sleeve. shiny copper color, great look.
    best conductivity. total clean sound, reference (bold bass while keeping treble detail).
    thick and heavy (36g vs 26g average weight). due to thickness, less flexible and stiffer than others, braid work is a bit loose, the solders into the jack get stressed, so take care of the jack. many sellers.
    received one (from 4) with bad or broken solders into the jack.
    [​IMG]
    wire used: http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=5994
    or this: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32890538731.html
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    some links of cable:
    http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=6039
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32900673249.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32915015689.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32890850938.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32905344372.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32923223671.html


    128. 7n spc 4c (silver,eid,M): 63..64..58..71 mΩ..[38g]..102..89 pF..[115cm]
    outer diameter: 6mm. length from splitter: 39cm.
    silver plated copper version of cable 125, and eidolic styled jack (way better jack and spliter).
    sound is slightly different, but likely clean. no sub-bass rumble loss and rich upper mids details.
    as stiff as 125.
    [​IMG]


    133. GUCraftsman 6N OCC cables.
    superb conductivity for such a thin wire. material must be true 6n occ, high quality. soft and flexible, although less than (130) due to resistant and durable PVC sleeve.
    structure: 0.08mm*19(27awg)*8c [2c/signal:24AWG].
    outer diameter: 4.5mm. length from splitter: 38cm.
    many terminations (even custom) for headphones available.
    clean sound. reference.
    reviewed here: https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/gucraftsman-headphones-earphones-cables.23451/reviews#review-21214
    silver mmcx: pure occ single crystal silver (it could be silver plated 6n occ copper).
    GUcraftsman 6n occ spc? 8c (grey,alo,MV): 135..133..124..128 mΩ..[27.5g]..151..148 pF..[126cm]
    [​IMG]
    copper mmcx: 6n occ single crystal copper.
    GUcraftsman 6n occ 8c (light brown,alo,mmcx): 136..143..127..130 mΩ..[26.8g]..145..173 pF..[126cm]
    [​IMG]
    copper 2.5mmTRS (for HE400i).
    GUcraftsman copper 6n occ 8c (light brown,alo,2.5TRS): 142..143..133..135 mΩ
    [​IMG]
    links:
    store: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/3879013
    links of the cables i've purchased and tested:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32887680475.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32887728749.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32889002978.html
    other distributors:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32947794522.html
    links of other cables using same wire:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32889502747.html (silver cable)


    150, 151. ISN audio hi-fi. 16 cores.
    structure: 0.08mm*19(27awg,OD:1mm)*16c [4c/signal:21.3AWG].
    outer diameter: 7mm. length from splitter: 47cm.
    no ear guides, simple heat shrink plastic as strain reliefs (it could be better, but given the rigidity of the cable, there is low risk of break due to big tangling). metallic matte splitter, polished chin slider (it looks like hard plastic, but could be aluminum).
    it's like 2 cables in 1. double width, weight, and conductivity (superb). reasonably flexible for its width, but on the stiff side.

    150
    . C16 (single crystal copper): 78..83..73..86 mΩ..[52.9g]..297..294 pF..[124cm]
    warm tilt, bold bass. it looses upper mids and treble detail (noticeable with high resolving iem).
    [​IMG]

    151
    . S16 (silver plated OCC copper): 82..81..77..88 mΩ..[50.2g]..242..263 pF..[124cm]
    clean sound. thinner bass than C16. good to preserve upper-mids and treble resolution.
    [​IMG]

    links:
    https://penonaudio.com/isn-c16.html
    https://penonaudio.com/isn-audio-s16.html


    160
    , 161. acrolink 6n occ 8c
    structure: 0.10mm*19(25awg)*8c [2c/signal:~22.3AWG]. 6N pcocc copper. PVC sleeve. acrolink plugs.
    outer diameter: 4mm; core diameter: 1.1mm. length: 120cm. length from splitter: 38cm.
    thickness of wire and PVC sleeve make the cable stiffer than others (like 130, for example). tight braid, long heat shrink plastic as strain relief (less rigid would be better) and ear guides. no chin slider. they come with a very nice hard plastic box with small magnets.
    honest decent quality conductor material, superb conductivity. nice repairable plugs.
    clean sound. copper version preserves lows better; spc version, mids and highs. in this case, i prefer sound with copper version (better, same level of best cables in the list), but i love purple color of sleeve in spc version (also available in orange and green).

    160
    . acrolink 6n occ 8c (lightgrey,MV): 95..95..91..102 mΩ..[37g]..210..193 pF..[120cm]
    copper (better sound)
    [​IMG]

    161. acrolink 6n occ spc 8c (purple,MV): 90..99..83..95 mΩ..[38g]..214..187 pF..[120cm]
    spc (nice colors available)
    [​IMG]

    wire used:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32867317898.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32867337142.html
    [​IMG]
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    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1000005778029.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1000005827469.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1000005968089.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1000005907891.html
    (other plugs and terminations at same shop)


    163. acrolink spc 6n occ 16c (silver,MV): 121..109..106..105 mΩ..[29.8g]..154..155 pF..[118cm] [4.4mm plug version]
    kindly donated by @candlejack. thank you very much!
    structure: 0.10mm*7(29.6awg)*16c [4c/signal:~23.6AWG]. silver plated 6N occ copper. teflon sleeve. acrolink plugs.
    total diameter:~3.6mm; length from splitter: 37cm.
    long heat shrink plastic as strain relief (less rigid would be better) and ear guides. soft plastic or rubber chin slider. it comes with a very nice hard plastic box with small magnets.
    teflon sleeve makes the cable one of the stiffest in the list. guess dielectric capabilities of teflon are higher than PVC and other polymers; this could contribute to darker background, but also to high rigidness and loud microphonics.
    honest decent quality conductor material, superb conductivity. nice repairable plugs.
    i need to receive the 4.4mm to 2.5mm adapter to check the sound.
    [​IMG]
    wire used:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32836248608.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32837314304.html
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    (you can check the rigidness of the sleeve in this pic)
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32975245712.html


    130
    , 131, 132. pure silver (and "gold"?) plated 7n occ copper (spc). let's trust it.. 0.05mm*48(27awg,OD:1.2mm)*8c [2c/signal:24AWG]. soft UV-PVC sleeve.
    outer diameter: 5mm.
    some sellers say it's pure silver wire, golden plated (but it's not). i bet this is one of few chi-cables which are true silver plated (not tin plated).
    superb conductivity, very well built (specially 130). very soft and flexible (top one, considering the thickness). another clean sound, reference.
    wire used: http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=5957
    [​IMG]

    130. hck djy1 7n occ spc 8c (brown/gold,eid,M): 100..101..98..111 mΩ..[33.4g]..159..164 pF..[118cm]
    length from splitter: 40cm.
    eidolic type jack, chin slider; best conductivity from the 3, probably due to jack and solders:
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32952865240.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32952957093.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33001973013.html

    131. 7n occ spc 8c (brown,oyde,M): 107..114..106..125 mΩ..[31.4g] defective
    all brown, oyaide styled jack, no chin slider; received wrong cable twice, and then a defective one (one core is connecting R+ and L- -plug mass-; bad soldering; still unable to unscrew the jack, it seems glued :frowning2: ):
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32901256493.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32922963030.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32901915547.html

    132. luna 7n occ spc 8c (brown/gold,furt,M): 121..121..116..151 mΩ..[31.5g]
    lunashops, furutech styled jack, no chin slider:
    it's curious the different resistance respect cable 130, while using same wire (plugs?).
    [​IMG]
    links (4/8 cores, oyaide/furutech styled jacks):
    http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=5965 (4/8 cores)
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32847754222.html (4/8 cores)

    other cables using same wire (including terminations for headphones and other iems):
    http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=5979
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32923111127.html
    http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=5975
    http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=5978
    http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=6206
    http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=6207


    115. pure silver.. plated copper wire. (TPU insulatedLayer 0.05mm*50 + shield 0.05mm*45)*4c. equivalent to 24.5awg when using shield layer (two cores/wire, so equivalent to 8 cores).
    TPU sleeve. shiny white or grey available, great look. soft, but not much flexible, even considering the loose braid.
    white: spc+shield 4c[8c] (white silver,oyde,MV): 137/128..136/126..131/131..139/139 mΩ..[26.9g]..110..92 pF..[118cm]
    outer diameter: 6mm. length from splitter: 40cm.
    [​IMG]
    grey (hck version):
    [​IMG]
    wire used: http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=5932
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
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    links:
    http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=6003
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32959055202.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32956288137.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33005667054.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32879385486.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32880716325.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32885809299.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1000006050538.html
    http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=6117
    http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=6081
    http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=6066


    168. tw 6n ofc 4c (copper,eid,mmcxM): 164..165..160..179 mΩ..[24.7g]..86..78 pF..[116cm]
    structure: 0.10mm*30(OD:1.35mm/25AWG) 5n ofhc, PE sleeve.
    outer diameter: 5mm. length from splitter: 47cm.
    24awg specified of 5N OFHC, but measurements say 25awg. decent conductivity.
    only mmcx (with 2.5, 3.5, and 4.4mm jacks) available. these mmcx plugs from Taiwan are wider than average, their quality is superior, preciser mechanized: safe and easier pop in and out. rotate freely. jack and splitter are also very good quality.
    not very flexible wire. look is superb, clear shiny copper.
    sound is clean enough, although i prefer 165 by far. overall good quality and nice look, great value when around $35, because of the look and plugs.
    [​IMG]
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    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32993421593.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32995734707.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33005647153.html


    140. hck djt1 6n gc-occ 8c (brown,alo,M): 293/303..298/306..292/292..302/304 mΩ..[17g]..136..133 pF..[127/131cm]
    outer diameter: 3mm. length from splitter: 39cm.
    alo audio styled plugs, with rubber strain reliefs; tiny splitter, chin slider is tight enough to keep in place.
    great quality copper. total thickness equivalent to 28awg.
    very clean sound, while being very light and ultra flexible.
    you notice the better quality of sound (darker background, deeper stage) with this cable compared with cheaper ones. it preserves lows and mids very well.
    one of my top recommendations, when at sales, specially if you need a very light and flexible copper cable. wish they had a 16 cores version of this wire, to lower the resistance.
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32945688424.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32952044986.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32969718857.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32979040799.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33004150616.html
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2019
    kmmbd, Merlin-PT, archdawg and 2 others like this.
  5. hakuzen
    CABLES BELOW 400mΩ. info, pics, comments, links. PART 3 of 4


    065. jcally 5n painted ofc/tpc 4c (various colors,cheap furt,MV)
    structure: 0.08mm*63(22AWG)*4c pvc sleeve. 500D fiber yarn, to absorb moisture.
    they say copper is plated, and then painted. various colors and combinations available. some versions come with a nice small soft fabric zipper pouch.
    superb conductivity, due to thickness of cable. similar structure than cable 125, but strands are 0.08mm instead of 0.10mm.
    sound is less clean than cable 125, because of worse quality of copper, paint around copper, and worse plugs and solders (found one unit where some threads of the cores are not well soldered; small space to solder?). but way cheaper and good enough for not very resolving iems.
    colors are nice, but i'd prefer to achieve it by coloring sleeves, rather than painting conductor.
    zsn termination (c-type) is intended for QDC and BQEYZ: pins are inverted polarity respect KZs, but perfectly usable (no issues).

    copper 5n ofc/tpc not painted?: 88/86..89/89..90/82..92/93 mΩ..[36g]..133..146 pF..[117cm]
    outer diameter: 5.1mm. length from splitter: 36cm.
    [​IMG]

    dark blue painted 5n tpc: 84..184..80..107 mΩ..[34.4g]
    [​IMG]

    4 colors painted (these are the plugs i got with dark blue cable; cheap look)
    [​IMG]

    gold painted 5n tpc
    [​IMG]

    possible wire used: http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=6229 (not accurate structure, doubtful quality)
    or: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32945488579.html (more accurate structure, doubtful quality)
    (although conductor quality doesn't match; it's probably 4N or 5N ofc, like jc ally claims)
    [​IMG]

    links:
    copper (not painted?):
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32995790233.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32954964343.html
    copper+gold:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32995762667.html
    silver:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32957936506.html
    silver+gold:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32960771422.html
    gold:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32958004749.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32959362129.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32993765614.html
    dark blue:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32957229163.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32959322283.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32995818187.html
    silver+dark blue:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32957125438.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32957189326.html
    4 colors:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32959266536.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32957113799.html


    053. great conductivity. some details (strain reliefs, easier repairable plugs) are better in (052). this wire is thicker, softer but less flexible. weight: 27.2g. variants: copper/ mixed copper & silver plated / silver plated (various colors, worse conductivity though).
    structure could be: 0.10mm*19(25awg)*8c [2c/signal:22.5AWG]. if true, and wire material/plugs were better quality, it'd measure about 95mΩ (15-20mΩ less).
    however, different color versions use different wire.
    decent sound and quality and superb conductivity for the price.

    hck ct1 ofc 8c (brown,slim plugs,M): 110..avg (115 mmcx)..[27g]..many measured
    [​IMG]

    hck tdy1 tpc 8c (silver,slim plugs,M): 134/155..163/150..132/138..148/152 mΩ
    [​IMG]

    other colors and wires:
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    links:
    brown:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32916162030.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32955106234.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32967812606.html
    silver:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32914622984.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32982483321.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32955233095.html
    black:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32913860097.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32982459409.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32955880601.html
    orange+silver:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32913561570.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32978957265.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32955237212.html
    red+silver:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32913617162.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32982495142.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32955912501.html
    copper+silver
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32916975214.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32982355990.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32957246972.html


    145
    . this wire looks like (053). in fact, same colors available (orange+white, red+white, silver..). but brown color version of this cable says it's spc, while brown (053) is copper. the wire is not identical, when you close look at it.
    anyway, superb conductivity for the price as well.
    this is audio-technica plug version; other non-standard terminations are available.
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32887178817.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32887556304.html


    052
    . oem (various re-branded) chinese cable.
    good conductivity, very well built, quite long threaded (repairable and trimmable) plugs.
    ofc or tin/alloy plated ofc (unsure, each color use different wire).
    0.08mm*19(27awg)*8c [2c/signal:24AWG] or 0.10mm*19(25awg)*8c [2c/signal:22.5AWG].
    various terminations, colors: gold, silver, silver+copper, copper, brown, black.
    soft and flexible, but in different grades (like conductivity), depending of the wire and color.

    oem tpc 8c (gold,eid): 96..99..91..104 mΩ..[27.5g]
    BEWARE: version with gold plated jack (instead of nickel/rhodium) is being sent from some shops; different wire, resistance ~235mΩ
    [​IMG]

    oem tpc 8c (silver,eid): 130 mΩ..average..(many measured)
    [​IMG]

    oem tpc+ofc? 8c (silver+copper,eid,M): 135/131..131/132..190/184..208/240 mΩ
    one type of conductor used for signal, the other type for ground (negative/cold, in balanced)
    [​IMG]

    oem tpc 8c (copper,eid,M): 180 mΩ..average..[24.7g]..(many measured, the most flexible)
    [​IMG]

    oem tpc 8c (brown,eid,M): 188..188..185..185 mΩ
    [​IMG]

    possible wire used:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32911867550.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32846230753.html
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    or:
    [​IMG]

    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32881372793.html (last sent was the worst conductivity version)
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32989617222.html (don't know which version they'll send)
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32900868698.html (don't know which version they'll send)
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32880388943.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32882694116.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32992895977.html

    (there are other shops and re-brands)


    051. tpc 8c (grey,eid,M): 128..128..126..138..[27.4g]
    very similar to cables 052. same jacks and strain reliefs, but different termination plugs (2pins version is flush, not protruding; different splitter and chin slider).
    wire could be similar quality to the best 052s.
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33041122912.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32888022853.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33051252394.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33038948414.html


    066. jcally 5n painted tpc 8c (black,cheap furt,MV)
    structure: 0.07mm*25(27awg)*8c [2c/signal:24AWG]. 500D nylon. 0.4u plated thickness. anti-oxidation protective paint. pvc sleeve, various colors.
    nice conductivity. but i don't like this kind of cheap furutech styled jack (one signal core is not well soldered in one tested unit; small space for solder?).
    softer and more flexible than 065.
    good enough for not very resolving iems.
    zsn termination (c-type) is intended for QDC and BQEYZ: pins are inverted polarity respect KZs, but perfectly usable (no issues).

    black (3.5mm,qdc): 249..130..126..126 mΩ..[29.2g]
    black (3.5mm,2pin): 155..146..142..142
    black (3.5mm,mmcx): 155..145..138..140
    [​IMG]

    silver:
    [​IMG]

    gold:
    [​IMG]

    links:
    black:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32994432994.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32959286936.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32965501955.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32971877740.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32965649117.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32957213673.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32944517378.html
    silver:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32955789068.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32957846448.html
    gold:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32947859742.html


    155. oem (various re-brands) silver spc 8c (silver,eid,MV): 256/254..258/249..245/245..260/246 mΩ..[23.4g]
    advertised as pure silver, it's spc, or even tin/alloy plated copper.
    it's funny to see prices going from $80 ("pure silver") to $27 at different shops. the cable is identical.
    although less conductive than 051, 052, 053, guess conductor material is better, maybe true silver plated better copper (price wouldn't be justified otherwise). AB listening is pendent.
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32963189583.html nicehck cy1
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32963249926.html nicehck vs audio
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32982939514.html toneking avckck
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32964307166.html antcodo (way cheapest!, various terminations, but not 2.5/4.4mm)
    (there are other shops and re-brands)
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2019
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    CABLES BELOW 400mΩ. info, pics, comments, links. PART 4 of 4


    110. 7n spc 16c (silver,viablue): 165..145..155..155 mΩ
    16 very thin cores of spc wire.
    [​IMG]


    120. bgvp 6n occ+spc? 8c (grey) =DM6 stock: 169..173..277..190 mΩ
    bgvp spc cable, identical to DM6 stock cable (but this has balanced, straight plug). nice looking (grey and silver), ear guides cover part of the mmcx plug. but strain relief of jack is too short and stiff, conductivity could be better, and one of the solders in my unit was not as good as the others. they give extended info of the cable at product's page, but it doesn't seem to match reality, after measuring it. anyway, one of the best stock cables provided.
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32874694013.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32951347452.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32863920457.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32885943357.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32867032796.html


    100. impactAudio infinite 5n ofc 4c (custom,MV): 190..190..182..180 mΩ
    impact audio customized cable. this is not my unit. true eidolic plugs, excellent built and look. voluminous and heavy, due to the thick braided textile sleeve. honest 5n copper cable. pity for us he is taking some vacations now.
    [​IMG]


    064. hck ct4 ofc 16c (brown,M): 193..208..168..202 mΩ [22.6g]..[119cm]
    outer diameter: 3.6mm. length from splitter: 39cm.
    last iteration of budget nicehck cables. best conductivity and build quality in the cheapest segment (<$10).
    2pins version uses flush plugs, like previous iteration, good for flush sockets (like in most KZs), even for protruding sockets.
    new jack, it doesn't seem to be easily repairable, but like its shape, beveled to provide more grip.
    strain relief is a bit rigid.
    i much like the new splitter (same as used in cables 133 -Gu's-), small and elegant.
    very soft and flexible. sound is decent (good for the price). great value.
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33030782005.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33028628655.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33032627753.html


    060. hck ct3 ofc 8c (brown,furt,M): 206/210..206/204..200/205..486/195 mΩ [19g]
    great conductivity and build quality in the cheapest segment (<$10) cables.
    very soft and flexible. blue point marks ground/- pin.
    sound is acceptable.
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32971728152.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32974695270.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32974803008.html


    054. lz 6n frozen spc 8c (brown,M): 240..240..240..300 mΩ..[22.9g]..144..137 pF..[123cm]
    outer diameter: 4.4mm. length from the splitter: 39cm.
    6n frozen spc.. maybe, but thin conductor (it could be 0.1mm*7*8c)
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32952794266.html


    055
    . tpc 16c (silver,oyde,M): 221/232..218/236..221/221..232/235 mΩ
    16 cores, but worse conductivity than some cheaper 8 cores. (050) is its 8 cores sibling. very soft and flexible, though. decent sound.
    silver:
    [​IMG]


    070. tpc 16c (pink,eid,M): 240..240..237..252 mΩ..[22.2g]
    ultra soft and flexible. nice color for pink lovers. better jack (my fav) than other 16 cores cables.
    decent sound.
    [​IMG]


    063. hck tdy3 tpc 16c (black,furt,M): 223..226..225..230 mΩ..[21.9g]
    again, not remarkable conductivity being a 16 cores wire.
    very soft and flexible. not ear guides. blue point marks ground/- pin.
    decent sound.
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32953432742.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32956603145.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32959059131.html


    062. hck ct2 ofc 16c (brown,furt,M): 402/235..259/243..239/250..244/246 mΩ..[22.5g]
    worse conductivity (narrower conductor) than its 8 cores sibling.
    very soft and flexible. not ear guides. blue point marks ground/- pin.
    decent sound.
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32954926911.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32953516959.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32956212644.html


    050. 2pins version is wrong molded for kz (but good for BQEYZ KC2, for example) in the 2 units i own -watch phase!-. you can remold the ear guides. soft and flexible.
    various colors and terminations.

    tpc 8c (black,oyde,M): 260..270..260..260 mΩ
    [​IMG]

    tpc 8c (gold,oyde,M): 346..636..374..443 mΩ
    [​IMG]

    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32889396437.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32854751277.html


    059. kz spc 8c (silver+gold,oyde,M): 281..278..250..255 mΩ..[17.9g]
    kz upgrade cable.
    structure: 0.05mm*25(30awg)*8c, equivalent to 27AWG per signal. silver color alloy plated + gold color alloy plated ofc (of course it's not true silver and gold plated).
    terminations available: 2pins type A (0.75mm), type C (zsn, 0.75mm), mmcx.
    only 3.5mm jack (single end) found. no chin slider (you could try to insert a rubber/silicone o-ring).
    it uses more even spc wires (silver color alloy plated and gold color alloy plated ofc copper) than last kz cable (058), so you don't find so high and random resistance difference.
    good conductivity for the price, decent jack, good strain reliefs, it's last and best upgrade cable made by kz now.
    [​IMG]


    081. audbos/tenhz p4 pro stock spc/tpc? 4c (silver): 282/282..283/279..275/275..275/275 mΩ
    structure: 0.08mm*14(~28AWG)*4cores.
    the cores are twisted and a transparent sleeve covers the whole cable. the result is very thin, but not much flexible.
    good conductivity for an stock cable. plugs look cheap, though.
    [​IMG]


    105. 7n silver 4c (silver,mps): 300..290..280..280 mΩ
    7n pure silver, bought at nicehck. but it's very thin, so conductivity is not that great
    [​IMG]


    057. nicehck spc 8 cores. very well built, but thin wire, so conductivity is far worse than (052). various colors (and materials?). light and very flexible.
    hck spc 8c (silver,furt,M): 310..303..302..319 mΩ
    [​IMG]
    copper:
    [​IMG]
    silver-copper:
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32884233509.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32955497775.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32883824667.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32955513689.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32859444405.html

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32959059115.html


    080. tin audio t2 stock spc/tpc? 4c (silver,furt): 331..325..318..319 mΩ
    the sleeve has a fabric touch. plastic mmcx plugs.
    thin and very flexible.
    [​IMG]


    082. toneking t4 stock spc/tpc 8c (blue+black): 348..341..358..357 mΩ
    structure: 0.05(or 0.045)mm*20+400D-nylon(~31awg)*8cores. equivalent to ~28.2AWG. PU soft sleeve.
    metal plugs, thin cable. braid is very tight. soft and decent flexibility.
    [​IMG]
    wire used: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32922148927.html
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32850443702.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32895975577.html


    061. hck tdy4 spc 8c (black,furt,M): 350 mΩ..average..[17.4g]..(many measured)
    quite lower conductivity than copper version (narrower conductor).
    very soft and flexible. blue point marks ground/- pin.
    sound is acceptable.
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32973046302.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32971785145.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32972040232.html


    058. kz tpc+ofc 8c (silver+copper,oyde,M)
    type A(0.75): 216..213..479..503 mΩ
    type B(0.78): 541..552..222..220 mΩ
    kz upgrade 8 cores cable. two types of wire used (copper and sliver plated copper), which have very different resistance. one type is used for signals (left, right), the other type for ground (cold signals in balanced). the problem is that you can't know which material is used for each (got 2 cables, different configuration; it seems random). dunno why they don't use one core of each type for each signal (that would be real copper+spc mixed), if possible.
    in one cable, right plug was molded reversed for kz (had to use a hair dresser to remold it).
    [​IMG]


    037. kz mmcx tpc 4c (silver,oyde): 384..384..375..376 mΩ
    kz cheap upgrade cable for mmcx. good conductivity for the price
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/New...le-Use-For-Shure-SE535-SE846/32820576571.html


    056. trn spc 6nocc 8c tA (various colors,cheapBal furt).trn 8 cores cable.
    advertised structure is: 0.08mm*25(26awg)*8c [2c/signal:.~23AWG], "6N monocrystalline occ copper, plated with 85 microns of extruded silver, kevlar fiber reinforced" (judging by the price, it could be alloy plated ofc copper). PE sleeve.
    but it looks more of 0.07mm*25(27.2awg)*8c [2c/signal:24AWG], given the resistance values.
    the wire looks great (very low resistance), the plugs and splitter look cheap (black color hides this better). available in 0.75mm, 0.78mm, mmcx, and 3.5mm, 2.5mm (balanced),
    it would be great if they right soldered the cores; only 1 core for some signals, and possibly, many strands of the cores broken while soldering. very poor solder work.
    you won't notice the difference between left and right, in volume (<0.2dB imbalance), but i don't like this uneven measures, it spoils the purpose of using a decent wire. left signal could be lost with time (very few strands of only one core have been soldered).

    black and silver: 423/414/249/260..219/216/245/240..289/244/480/475..150/223/145/135 mΩ
    [​IMG]

    gold and silver: 429/454/448..289/219/218..265/135/245..137/267/128 mΩ
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2019
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    CABLES FOR KZs (BELOW $40, MOST BELOW $25). MEASUREMENTS.

    resistance, in mΩ: left, right, groundL [, groundR] or L+, R+, L-, R- (balanced), and [weight], in g.
    measured with high precision multimeter.
    blue color: @BadReligionPunk measurements

    notations:
    wire material: spc= silver/tin/alloy plated copper; ofc: oxygen-free-copper; <num>c=number of cores
    color: silver= white/silver; copper= orange/pink; brown= brown/dark copper; gold= yellow
    chinese jack style (metallic):
    eid= eidolic; oyde= oyaide; furt=furutech; alo=alo audio; bsp=bispa; scrf=switchcraft
    2pins: curved=angled plug; tA=0.75; tB=0.78; tC=curved for zsn available

    "upgrade" (separately sold):
    065. jc ally 5n ofc/tpc 4c (copper,cheap furt,tC).........88/86..89/89..90/82..92/93..[36]
    065. jc ally 5n spc/ofc 4c (dark blue,cheap furt,tC)....84..184..80..107..[34.4]
    066. jcally 5n tpc 8c (black,cheap furt,tC)..................249/155/155..130/145/146..126/138/142..126/140/142..[29.2]
    053. hck ct1 ofc 8c (brown,bsp).................................110 average (115 mmcx) many measured
    053. hck tdy1 spc 8c (silver,bsp)................................134..163..132..148 (silver plated)
    052. spc 8c (gold,eid).................................................96..99..91..104
    051. spc 8c (grey,eid)................................................128..128..126..138..[27.4]
    052. spc 8c (silver,eid)...............................................134/126..127/126..129/127..129/129
    052. spc+ofc 8c (silver+copper,eid)...........................135/131..131/132..190/184..208/240
    052. spc 8c (copper,eid)............................................180..average (many measured)
    052. spc 8c (brown,eid)..............................................188..188..185..185
    064. hck ct4 ofc 16c (brown)......................................193..208..168..202..[22.6]
    060. hck ct3 ofc 8c (brown,furt)..................................206/210..206/204..200/205..486/195
    055. spc 16c (silver,oyde)...........................................221..218..221..232
    070. spc 16c (pink,eid)................................................240..240..237..252
    063. hck tdy3 tpc 16c (black,furt)................................223..226..225..230
    062. hck ct2 ofc 16c (brown,furt)................................402/235..259/243..239/250..244/246..[22.5]
    054. lz 6n frozen copper 8c (brown)...........................240..240..240..300
    155. "silver" spc 8c (silver,eid)...................................256/254..258/249..245/245..260/246
    050. spc 8c (black,oyde)............................................260..270..260..260
    059. kz spc 8c (silver+gold,oyde,tC)..........................281..278..250..255..[17.9]
    057. hck spc 8c (silver,furt)........................................310..303..302..319
    061. hck tdy4 spc 8c (black,furt)................................350..average..(many measured)
    056. trn spc 6nocc 8c tA (black+silver,cheapBal furt).423/414/249/260..219/216/245/240..289/244/480/475..150/223/145/135
    056. trn spc 6nocc 8c tA (yellow+silver,cheapBal furt).429..289..265..137
    056. trn spc 6nocc 8c tA (yellow+silver,cheap furt).....454/448..219/218..135/245..267/128
    058. kz spc+ofc 8c tA (silver+copper,oyde)................216..213..479..503 (diff wires)
    058. kz spc+ofc 8c tB (silver+copper,oyde)................541..552..222..220 (diff wires)
    031. kz curved spc 4c (silver/transp,jack black rings).350/360/400..350/370/390..350/370/400
    050. spc 8c (gold,oyde).............................................346..636..374..443
    014. kz zsn spc 4c (copper,tC)...................................415/302..425/307..445/307..595/308
    038. kzx4197 spc 8c (silver,metal plugs)....................430..avg (many tested, green/blue patina)
    042. trn curved spc 4c (silver,thick coat,metal)..........570..520..520
    015. kz zsn spc 4c (silver,tC)......................................607..630..653..648
    030. kz straight spc 4c (silver)....................................670/700..670/700..670/700
    040. kz straight ofc spc 4c (grey,thick coat)................690..700..680
    032. kz curved spc 4c (silver,jack white rings)............630/760..600/620..610/830
    034. spc (orange,transparent plugs)..........................700..700..700
    035. spc (grey,transparent plugs)...............................640..790..660
    043. trn curved spc 4c (black,thick coat)..710/720/710..730/750/750..700/730/860..730/740/740

    stock curved type:
    014. kz zsn stock spc 4c (copper)............................415/302..425/307..445/307..595/308
    014. kz zsn stock mic spc 4c (copper).....................395/423..1011/1249..401/494..647/711
    006. kz es3 stock mic...............................................660..660..660..680
    008. kz zsr stock mic................................................640..640..880
    017. kz as06 stock (braided)....................................775..797..784..811
    012. kz as10 stock mic (braided) .............................876..876..903..905
    002. kz zst stock mic.................................................950..870..870
    009. kz zs10 stock mic..............................................850..1220..940..780
    011. kz zsa stock mic (braided).................................876..1179..862..764
    016. kz zsn stock spc 4c (brown)..............................961/960..701/995..825/790..771/1102
    016. kz zsn stock mic spc 4c (brown)........................2260..1161..831..815

    stock straight type:
    007. kz zs6 stock.......................................................700..600..390
    004. kz zs5 stock.......................................................660..630..380
    013. kz zs4 stock mic.................................................689..767..686..701
    019. cca c10 stock (braided).....................................816..818..831..818
    000. kz zs3 stock mic.................................................840..840..840
    018. kz zs7 stock mic (braided).................................1165..1133..1159..814
     
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    CABLES FOR KZs (BELOW $40, MOST BELOW $25). info, pics, comments, links. PART 1 of 2



    065. jc ally 5n painted ofc/spc 4c (various colors,cheap furt,tC)
    structure: 0.08mm*63(22AWG)*4c pvc sleeve. 500D fiber yarn, to absorb moisture.
    they say copper is plated, and then painted. various colors and combinations available. some versions come with a nice small soft fabric zipper pouch.
    superb conductivity, due to thickness of cable.
    the jack is low quality, though (it's the same than cable 056, trn). this could explain the soldering issues in some units (found one unit where some threads of the cores are not well soldered; small space to solder?).
    colors are nice, but i'd prefer to achieve it by coloring sleeves, rather than painting conductor.
    zsn termination (c-type) is intended for QDC and BQEYZ: pins are inverted polarity respect KZs, but perfectly usable (no issues).

    copper 5n ofc/spc? not painted?: 88/86..89/89..90/82..92/93..[36g]
    [​IMG]

    dark blue painted 5n spc: 84..184..80..107..[34.4g]
    [​IMG]

    4 colors painted (these are the plugs i got with dark blue cable; cheap look)
    [​IMG]

    gold painted 5n spc
    [​IMG]

    possible wire used: http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=6229 (not accurate structure, doubtful quality)
    or: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32945488579.html (more accurate structure, doubtful quality)
    (although conductor quality doesn't match; it's probably 4N or 5N ofc, like jc ally claims)
    [​IMG]

    links:
    links:
    copper (not painted?):
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32995790233.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32954964343.html
    copper+gold:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32995762667.html
    silver:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32957936506.html
    silver+gold:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32960771422.html
    gold:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32958004749.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32959362129.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32993765614.html
    dark blue:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32957229163.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32959322283.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32995818187.html
    silver+dark blue:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32957125438.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32957189326.html
    4 colors:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32959266536.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32957113799.html


    066. jcally 5n painted tpc 8c (black,cheap furt,tC)
    structure: 0.07mm*25(27awg)*8c [2c/signal:24AWG]. 500D nylon. 0.4u plated thickness. anti-oxidation protective paint. pvc sleeve, various colors.
    nice conductivity. but i don't like this kind of cheap furutech styled jack (one signal core is not well soldered in one tested unit; small space for solder?).
    softer and more flexible than 065.
    good enough for not very resolving iems.
    zsn termination (c-type) is intended for QDC and BQEYZ: pins are inverted polarity respect KZs, but perfectly usable (no issues).

    black (zsn version): 249..130..126..126..[29.2g]
    black (3.5mm,2pin): 155..146..142..142
    black (3.5mm,mmcx): 155..145..138..140
    [​IMG]

    silver:
    [​IMG]

    gold:
    [​IMG]

    links:
    black:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32994432994.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32959286936.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32965501955.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32971877740.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32965649117.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32957213673.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32944517378.html
    silver:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32955789068.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32957846448.html
    gold:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32947859742.html


    053.
    great conductivity. some details (strain reliefs, easier repairable plugs) are better in (052). this wire is thicker, softer but less flexible. weight: 27.2g. variants: copper/ mixed copper & silver plated / silver plated (various colors, worse conductivity though).
    structure could be: 0.10mm*19(25awg)*8c [2c/signal:22.5AWG]. if true, and wire material/plugs were better quality, it'd measure about 95mΩ (15-20mΩ less).
    however, different color versions use different wire.
    decent sound and quality and superb conductivity for the price.

    hck ct1 ofc 8c (brown,slim plugs,M): 110..avg (115 mmcx)..[27g]..many measured
    [​IMG]

    hck tdy1 tpc 8c (silver,slim plugs,M): 134/155..163/150..132/138..148/152
    [​IMG]

    other colors and wires:
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    links:
    brown:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32916162030.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32955106234.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32967812606.html
    silver:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32914622984.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32982483321.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32955233095.html
    black:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32913860097.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32982459409.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32955880601.html
    orange+silver:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32913561570.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32978957265.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32955237212.html
    red+silver:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32913617162.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32982495142.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32955912501.html
    copper+silver
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32916975214.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32982355990.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32957246972.html


    052. oem (various re-branded) chinese cable.
    good conductivity, very well built, quite long threaded (repairable and trimmable) plugs.
    ofc or tin/alloy plated ofc (unsure, each color use different wire).
    0.08mm*19(27awg)*8c [2c/signal:24AWG] or 0.10mm*19(25awg)*8c [2c/signal:22.5AWG].
    various terminations, colors: gold, silver, silver+copper, copper, brown, black.
    soft and flexible, but in different grades (like conductivity), depending of the wire and color.

    oem spc 8c (gold,eid): 96..99..91..104..[27.5]
    BEWARE: version with gold plated jack (instead of nickel/rhodium) is being sent from some shops; different wire, resistance ~235mΩ
    [​IMG]

    oem spc 8c (silver,eid): 130..avg..many measured
    [​IMG]

    oem spc+ofc? 8c (silver+copper,eid): 135/131..131/132..190/184..208/240
    one type of conductor used for signal, the other type for ground (cold, in balanced)
    [​IMG]

    oem spc 8c (copper,eid): 180..avg..[24.7]..(many measured, the most flexible)
    [​IMG]

    oem spc 8c (brown,eid): 188..188..185..185
    [​IMG]

    possible wire used:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32911867550.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32846230753.html
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    or:
    [​IMG]

    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32881372793.html (last sent was the worst conductivity version)
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32989617222.html (don't know which version they'll send)
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32900868698.html (don't know which version they'll send)
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32880388943.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32882694116.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32992895977.html
    (there are other shops and re-brands)


    051. tpc 8c (grey,eid): 128..128..126..138..[27.4g]
    very similar to cables 052. same jacks and strain reliefs, but different termination plugs (2pins plug is flush, not protruding; different splitter and chin slider).
    wire could be similar quality to the best 052s.
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33041122912.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32888022853.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33051252394.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33038948414.html


    155. oem (various re-brands) silver spc 8c (silver,eid): 256/254..258/249..245/245..260/246..[23.4g]
    advertised as pure silver, it's spc, or even tin/alloy plated copper.
    it's funny to see prices going from $80 ("pure silver") to $27 at different shops. the cable is identical.
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32963189583.html nicehck cy1
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32963249926.html nicehck vs audio
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32982939514.html toneking avckck
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32964307166.html antcodo (way cheapest!, various terminations, but not 2.5/4.4mm)
    (there are other shops and re-brands)
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2019
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    CABLES FOR KZs (BELOW $40, MOST BELOW $25). info, pics, comments, links. PART 2 of 2


    064. hck ct4 ofc 16c (brown): 193..208..168..202..[22.6g]
    outer diameter: 3.6mm. total length: 124cm (39cm from splitter).
    last iteration of budget nicehck cables. best conductivity and build quality in the cheapest segment (<$10).
    2pins version uses flush plugs, like previous iteration, good for flush sockets (like in most KZs), even for protruding sockets.
    new jack, it doesn't seem to be easily repairable, but like its shape, beveled to provide more grip.
    strain relief is a bit rigid.
    i much like the new splitter, small and elegant.
    very soft and flexible. sound is decent (good for the price). great value.
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33030782005.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33028628655.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33032627753.html


    060. hck ct3 ofc 8c (brown,furt): 206/210..206/204..200/205..486/195
    best conductivity and build quality in the cheapest segment (<$10) of 8 cores cables.
    very soft and flexible. blue point marks ground/- pin.
    sound is acceptable.
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32971728152.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32974695270.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32974803008.html


    055. spc 16c (silver,oyde): 221/232..218/236..221/221..232/235
    16 cores, but worse conductivity than some cheaper 8 cores. (50) is its 8 cores sibling. very soft and flexible, though.
    silver:
    [​IMG]


    070. spc 16c (pink,eid): 240..240..237..252..[22.2g]
    ultra soft and flexible. nice color for pink lovers. better jack (my fav) than other 16 cores cables.
    decent sound.
    [​IMG]


    063. hck tdy3 spc 16c (black,furt): 223..226..225..230
    again, not remarkable conductivity being a 16 cores wire.
    very soft and flexible. not ear guides. blue point marks ground/- pin.
    decent sound.
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32953432742.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32956603145.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32959059131.html


    062. hck ct2 ofc 16c (brown,furt): 402..259..239..244
    worse conductivity (narrower conductor) than its 8 cores sibling.
    very soft and flexible. not ear guides. blue point marks ground/- pin.
    decent sound.
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32954926911.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32953516959.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32956212644.html


    050. 2pins version is wrong molded for kz (but good for BQEYZ, for example) in the 2 units i own -watch phase!-. you can remold the ear guides. soft and flexible.
    various colors and terminations.

    spc 8c (black,oyde): 260..270..260..260
    [​IMG]

    spc 8c (gold,oyde): 346..636..374..443
    [​IMG]

    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32889396437.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32854751277.html


    059. kz spc 8c (silver+gold,oyde,tC): 281..278..250..255..[17.9g]
    kz upgrade cable.
    structure: 0.05mm*25(30awg)*8c, equivalent to 27AWG per signal. silver color alloy plated + gold color alloy plated ofc (of course it's not true silver and gold plated).
    terminations available: 2pins type A (0.75mm), type C (zsn, 0.75mm), mmcx.
    only 3.5mm jack (single end) found. no chin slider (you could try to insert a rubber/silicone o-ring).
    it uses more even spc wires (silver color alloy plated and gold color alloy plated ofc copper) than last kz cable (058), so you don't find so high and random resistance difference.
    good conductivity for the price, decent jack, good strain reliefs, it's last and best upgrade cable made by kz now.
    [​IMG]


    057. nicehck spc 8 cores. very well built, but thin wire, so conductivity is far worse than (052). various colors (and materials?). light and very flexible.
    hck spc 8c (silver,furt): 310..303..302..319
    [​IMG]
    copper:
    [​IMG]
    silver-copper:
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32884233509.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32955497775.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32883824667.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32955513689.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32859444405.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32959059115.html


    061. hck tdy4 spc 8c (black,furt): 350..average..(many measured)
    quite lower conductivity than copper version (narrower conductor).
    very soft and flexible. blue point marks ground/- pin.
    sound is acceptable.
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32973046302.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32971785145.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32972040232.html


    056
    . trn spc 6nocc 8c tA (various colors,cheapBal furt).
    trn 8 cores cable.
    advertised structure is: 0.08mm*25(26awg)*8c [2c/signal:.~23AWG], "6N monocrystalline occ copper, plated with 85 microns of extruded silver, kevlar fiber reinforced" (judging by the price, it could be alloy plated ofc copper). PE sleeve.
    but it looks more of 0.07mm*25(27.2awg)*8c [2c/signal:24AWG], given the resistance values.
    the wire looks great (very low resistance), the plugs and splitter look cheap (black color hides this better). available in 0.75mm, 0.78mm, mmcx, and 3.5mm, 2.5mm (balanced),
    it would be great if they right soldered the cores; only 1 core for some signals, and possibly, many strands of the cores broken while soldering. very poor solder work.
    you won't notice the difference between left and right, in volume (<0.2dB imbalance), but i don't like this uneven measures, it spoils the purpose of using a decent wire. left signal could be lost with time (very few strands of only one core have been soldered).

    black and silver: 423/414/249/260..219/216/245/240..289/244/480/475..150/223/145/135
    [​IMG]

    gold and silver: 429/454/448..289/219/218..265/135/245..137/267/128
    [​IMG]


    058. kz upgrade 8 cores cable. two types of wire used (copper and sliver plated copper), which have very different resistance. one type is used for signals (left, right), the other type for ground (cold signals in balanced). the problem is that you can't know which material is used for each (got 2 cables, different configuration; it seems random). dunno why they don't use one core of each type for each signal (that would be real copper+spc mixed), if possible.
    in one cable, right plug was molded reversed for kz (had to use a hair dresser to remold it).
    [​IMG]


    031. great value, difficult to find now (black rings in jack)
    [​IMG]


    014. kz zsn spc 4c (copper,tC), no mic: 415/302..425/307..445/307..595/308
    structure could be 0.05mm*2530AWG)*4cores of ofc copper.
    stock zsn cable, sold separately, very affordable.
    curved A-type (0.75mm) also available.
    [​IMG]
    links:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32956297616.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32981135983.html


    038. great value, turns green/blue soon (pairs ok with green/blue and cyan KZ models)
    [​IMG]


    042.
    [​IMG]


    015. kz zsn spc 4c (silver,tC)
    25 threads of silver plated copper plus kevlar fiber into each core.
    structure could be 0.04mm*25(32AWG)*4cores.
    [​IMG]


    030. first classic kz 4 cores upgrade cable (silver color), straight plug.
    [​IMG]


    040.
    [​IMG]


    032. first classic kz 4 cores upgrade cable (silver color), curved plug. white rings in jack.
    [​IMG]


    034.
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    035.
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    043.
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    Last edited: Sep 30, 2019
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