US Head-Fi Tour: PWAudio CIEM Upgrade Cables (Both 2-Pin and MMCX) - Starting October 2018

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  1. Barra
    After all the TOTL CIEM tours I have hosted, I have only once seen a cable that matches the quality of the featured TOTL CIEM regardless of price. Some are garbage, some are good enough, but none seem to be premium enough to leave as is. The cable look can make or break the experience. There are a few notable exceptions that offer multiple connectors to fit our assortment of connection needs - thank you DITA - but mostly there is only a 3.5mm option that will not work with our balanced Sony/AK DAPs to hear our toys at their best. Of course, many swear by the improved SQ or signature tuning that premium cables offer. For all these reasons and more, premium cables become an obvious question after a TOTL CIEM purchase.

    Music Sanctuary and PWAudio have graciously offered to provide a compelling tour kit that tour members can audition to see just what a premium cable can do for their new CIEM purchase.

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    PURCHASE AT: https://music-sanctuary.com/collections/pwaudio-cables

    US Premium IEM Cable Tour, Featuring:

    Music Sanctuary and PWAudio provided us with a nice full range of cables terminated in balanced Sony 4.4mm with a 3.5mm and a 2.5mm adaptor so we can listen on all our gear.

    Cables:
    • 1950 (4-wire) - 2pin/MMCX/4.4mm balanced ($2,899 SGD)
      The 1950s offers industry-leading technical performance in terms of resolution, layering transparency and separation through proprietary wire geometry design and construction techniques
    • 1960 (4-wire) - 2pin/MMCX/4.4mm balanced ($2,699 SGD)
      26AWG wires and FEP jacket for the positive signal and 24AWG wires and PVC jacket for negative signal, offering a large soundstage, better sense of airiness, bass that is textured and well extended and an incredibly resolving sound
    • 1980 (4-wire) - 2pin/MMCX/4.4mm balanced ($1,999 SGD)
      24AWG compressed extruded copper litz cable in coaxial configuration, bringing the total diameter of each wire to 18AWG
    • Xerxes (8-wire) - 2pin/MMCX/4.4mm balanced ($1,149 SGD)
      Xerxes is a groundbreaking cable with 3 different materials combined for the first time in a 7 bundle Litz configuration - copper, gold-plated copper and single crystal silver
    • Xerxes (4-wire) - 2pin/MMCX/4.4mm balanced ($599 SGD)
      Xerxes is a groundbreaking cable with 3 different materials combined for the first time in a 7 bundle Litz configuration - copper, gold-plated copper and single crystal silver
    • Loki (8-wire) - 2pin/MMCX/4.4mm balanced ($999 SGD)
      Loki features an all-new 7 bundle Litz geometry of single crystal silver
    • Loki (4-wire) - 2pin/MMCX/4.4mm balanced ($499 SGD)
      Loki features an all-new 7 bundle Litz geometry of single crystal silver
    • Saladin (8-wire) - 2pin/MMCX/4.4mm balanced ($829 SGD)
      Saladin features an all-new 7 bundle Litz geometry of copper and silver-plated copper
    • Saladin (4-wire) - 2pin/MMCX/4.4mm balanced ($439 SGD)
      Saladin features an all-new 7 bundle Litz geometry of copper and silver-plated copper
    • No. 5 (8-wire) - 2pin/MMCX/4.4mm balanced ($229 SGD)
      The No.5 cable features single crystal OCC copper litz wires of 26AWG thickness which offers a warm, tube amp-like sound signature
    • NEW - Helix (4-wire) - 2pin/MMCX/4.4mm balanced ($469SGD)
      An evolution of the No.5. The Helix Initial shares the same wire configuration as the No.5, but in 28AWG and built into an 8-wire cable to offer a sound similar to the No.5 8-wire in a more compact form factor
    • NEW - Copper 28 v2 (4-wire) - 2pin/MMCX/4.4mm balanced ($149SGD)
      An evolution to the original Copper 28. The Copper 28 V2 features a compact 28AWG litz copper cable, which improves the resolution from the original copper 28
    Adapters:
    • 4.4mm balanced female to 3.5mm male ($TBD SGD)
    • 4.4mm balanced female to 2.5mm balanced male ($TBD SGD)
    • 2-Pin female to MMCX male ($69 SGD)
    Tour Kit Pictures:
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    Last edited: Sep 27, 2018
  2. Barra
    Tour Participation Rules and Responsibilities (7 Day Audition)
    The participant list is organized logistically for each of the two kits to minimize shipping costs starting from West and the East Coast and moving toward the center. The tour will begin with the first in each list for a 7-day audition. Thereafter they will be responsible to deliver or ship the demo kit to the next participant in the list.

    Participant Qualifications
    To be eligible for the tour, all participants need to provide four types of contact information to verify identity and shipping address:
    1. State Issued Photo ID: We need a picture of your driver's license or other qualified ID with photo and that reflects your home/shipping address.
    2. Phone Bill: We need to verify your phone number and address with a photo of a current phone bill showing your name, phone number, and address which matches your ID.
    3. Email Address: We will be managing the tours through email which requires an email that you can respond to within 24 hours.
    4. Backup Contact Info (Choose One of the Two):
      1. Employer: Name, Address, and Phone - or
      2. Relative: Name, Address, and Phone
    This information must be emailed to billb@ClearDiff.com before your name will be added to the participant list.

    Prequalification: If you have already provided this information to join one of my other tours, you are good for one year prequalifying for my other tours. However, if it has been on file for over a year, you will need to resubmit to remain current.

    Qualification Exemptions (thru @BulldogXTRM): If you wish to join the tour, but cannot provide this information - you can contact Mike Brunner (@BulldogXTRM ) at bulldogxtrm@gmail.com with options for equivalent verification options that work for you to receive an exception. Please cc billb@cleardiff.com to keep me in the loop as we work through this exception process. Our goal is to keep you on the tour so we will work with you to make it happen, but we need a way to verify the shipping address and phone number.

    Information Security
    : All personal information will be safeguarded by @Barra and will be deleted by request after the tour or by withdrawing from the tour. The information is stored on my personal computer is will not be shared with anyone other than to provide your contact/shipping information to the participant before you so that they can ship the kit your direction. When needed, you will be introduced in an email. Retained information is good for a year to join additional tours hosted by @Barra.

    Individual Responsibilities
    Participants must understand and agree to these responsibilities listed below as well as take them seriously. Those that do not follow through with the agreed upon responsibilities will be blacklisted from all future tours. Please do not sign up for the tour if you feel there is any reason that you cannot live up to this commitment.
    • Communicate: Those in the tour will be expected to be reasonably available to communicate in tour proceedings. Phone, PMs, and email should be responded to within 24 hours maximum. Failure to do so may negate your eligibility and potentially blacklist you from future tours.
    • Protect: Participants are responsible for the value of the kit while in their care and will be expected to reimburse the manufacturer for any losses due to participant negligence. The kits should be handled with care and protected from theft. Each participant is responsible for the kit from signed receipt to signed receipt. While the manufacturer accepts responsibility in the case of shipper losses if you ship signature required, participants are still responsible for managing the shipper loss process to its conclusion until the proceedings are concluded. Providing tracking information and following the rules is critical in determining where your responsibility stops.
    • Follow the Rules: Each participant is expected to follow the rules listed below exactly:
      • At Receipt of Tour Kit: We need to know that the tour kit was received immediately to release the last participant from responsibility.
        • Confirm Receipt within 24 Hours: Please confirm receipt on the existing email thread with myself and the sender within 24 hours so both myself and the previous party knows that the transfer is complete.
        • PM Next 2 Participants: Please PM the next two participants in the participant's list (POST 3) to provide a backup in case the next participant is unavailable. Priority goes to the tour order as long as they reply within 24 to 48 hours.
        • Next Participant Email Confirmation: Please have the next participant email you and cc me at billb@cleardiff.com to confirm readiness. Please request their full name, mailing address, and phone number for the shipper.
        • Verification: Please wait to ship until I verify the shipping address by responding to that email that we are good to go.
        • Visibility: Please always respond to emails “Reply All” so that I have visibility into the shipping process.
        • Be Ready to Ship on Day 8: It is also your responsibility to ensure that you have shipped the kit to the next participant on the 8th day, so please be diligent in contacting and communicating with the next participant. Please never send a kit to a participant that has not responded even if you have their address from a prior tour.
        • Communicate Problems/Issues: If needed, you can always reach me directly at my email me at billb@cleardiff.com.
      • Impressions/Review (Optional): While optional, to keep things interesting on the tour, any impressions or insight that you can post in the thread would be greatly appreciated. Full reviews are even more appreciated.
      • Ship on Day 8:
        • Verified Recipient: It is your responsibility to verify the recipient's readiness and their address with me before shipping. If you sense any issues, please contact me before shipping.
        • Verified Address: It is important to make sure that you only mail to the verified address unless the two of you get an exception from me first.
        • Signature Required: You must ship signature required (or insured) to avoid the responsibility of shipper mishaps. The manufacturer will assume responsibility if you follow the rules.
        • Shipper Confirmation #: You must provide the recipient and me with the confirmation number by email within 24 hours of shipping. This will allow us to follow the progress and for the recipient to plan the receipt of the package since a signature is required.
      • Responsibility Ends on Signed Receipt: Your responsibility ends when the shipper posts a signed receipt from the recipient.
    Tour Signup
    This is an open tour which we expect to support all requests to participate. To make this possible, we are requiring complete contact info up front. So, to sign up for this tour you will need to do two things:
    1. Post: Please post your name, city, and state only – no personal address in the public forum – and then declare that you agree to follow the terms of the tour.

      Example Signup Post: From Barra: I live in Anthem, AZ and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour.
    2. Email: Please email your complete contact info as detailed below to my personal email - billb@cleardiff.com:
      • Head-Fi Name: Please remember to include your Head-Fi alias so that I can match your email to your Head-Fi identity.
      • Subject Line Format: HeadFi Name - Your Name
      • Contact Info:
        • State Issued Photo ID: We need a picture of your driver's license or other qualified ID with photo and that reflects your home/shipping address.
        • Phone Bill: We need to verify your phone number and address with a photo of a current phone bill showing your phone number and address which matches your ID.
        • Email Address: We will be managing the tours through email which requires an email that you can respond to within 24 hours.
        • Backup Contact Info (Choose One of the Two):
          1. Employer: Name, Address, and Phone - or
          2. Relative: Name, Address, and Phone
    That’s it. We reserve the right to turn down the application if we find a cause but hope to accommodate all those US Head-Fi’ers that are interested. If you follow these instructions, you are in.

    Signups begin now, and will remain open during the tour welcoming late comers. However, we reserve the right to end signups at any time so please don’t hesitate or you may lose out. The tour will start when we have enough participants to create a reasonable list. Have fun!
     
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  3. Barra
    Tour Participant List
    We hope to gather our list over the next few weeks to build logistics into our tour order. The tour will begin on the West and East Coast and move toward the middle. We may start before we close our participation requests allowing latecomers to join in the process as it makes sense, but latecomer logistics will be first come first serve so likely to make postage more expensive. The good news is that we will do our best to accommodate all US Head-Fiers that wish to participate.

    US Head-Fi Tour - PWAudio West Coast Kit: (Logistical Order)

    Name: Location:

    1. + @Barra - Anthem, AZ
    2. + @SeeSax – San Jose, CA
    3. + @koven – Santa Clara, CA
    4. + @San Man – Honolulu, HI
    5. + @recon56 – San Diego, CA
    6. + @bvng3540 – Bothell, WA
    7. + @ngoshawk – Warrensburg, MO
    8. + @eldss – Omaha, NE
    9. + @fiascogarcia – Fort Collins, CO
    10. + @hung031086 - Sun Prairie, WI
    11. + @faithguy19 - Merrillville, IN

    US Head-Fi Tour - PWAudio East Coast Kit: (Logistical Order)

    Name: Location:

    1. + @BulldogXTRM – Gonzales, LA
    2. + @lotech – Frisco, TX
    3. + @aaf evo – Houston, TX
    4. + @Likeimthere – Houston, TX
    5. + @guani360 – Palm City, FL
    6. + @Ike1985 – Elizabethtown, KY
    7. + @Carlsan – Trenton, NJ
    8. + @doctorjazz – Westfield, NJ
    9. + @kubig123 – New York, NY
    10. + @toaster22 – New York, NY
    11. + @ctsooner22 – Berlin, CT
     
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  4. Barra
    Reviews and Impressions

    Coming soon!
     
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  5. Barra
    Example Participation Request

    I live in Anthem, AZ and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I will have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com.
     
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  6. Barra
    Reserved
     
  7. kubig123
    I live in New York, NY and would like to participate in the tour.
    I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I already emailed the required ID verification documentations to billb@cleardiff.com.
     
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  8. Likeimthere
    I live in Houston, TX and would like to participate in the tour. . . I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I will email my required verifications to billb@cleardiff.com
     
  9. recon56
    I live in San Diego, CA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I will have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com.
     
  10. eldss
    I live in Omaha, NE and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour and have already emailed required ID information to billb@cleardiff.com from prior tours.
     
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  11. bvng3540
    I live in Bothell, Wa and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour, Bill has all my info from previous tour, thanks
     
  12. fiascogarcia
    I live in Fort Collins, CO and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I will have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com.
     
  13. aaf evo
    I live in Houston, TX and would like to participate in the tour. . . I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I will email my required verifications to billb@cleardiff.com
     
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  14. Ike1985
    I live in Elizabethtown, KY and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com.

    I'll have comparisons to the Han Sound Venom as well when I do my PW review's. I'll probably review their top 2 cables.
     
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  15. SeeSax
    I live in San Jose, CA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I will have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com. I will do that right now!

    Edit: Information sent

    -Collin-
     
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