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Favorite cable company?

Post by admin » Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:30 pm

I was wondering if people had a preference for certain cable manufacturers? This could be speaker cable, interconnects, or other types.

My two favorites are Signal Cable and Blue Jeans Cable. Both offer very affordable cable options. I use some SignalCable Biwire Ultra Speaker Cables for my speakers and although I made my own custom interconnects, they are based on the Belden LC-1 cable that is specifically made for Blue Jeans Cable in their reference interconnects. The reason I decided to make my own cable is that I have a strong like for locking RCA plugs and I was thus able to incorporate both a great cable as well as locking plugs. Plus, I kind of like how the cable is unique, you can check out my DIY guide here.

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Post by Ray » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:36 am

YES on both of these companies, I've used both on several occasions.
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Re: Favorite cable company?

Post by Bluesbob » Wed May 22, 2013 1:33 am

I've been getting good results with DH Labs Sonic Silver series, both the Q10 speaker cable and the Air Matrix IC's. These wires are also reasonably priced, I feel, however they are getting more expensive.
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Post by Ray » Wed May 22, 2013 7:51 am

"Home Grown Audio" has some reasonably priced cables, kits and assembled.
I've used DH Labs also, great stuff!

and lastly I'm currently using speaker cables from Moon Audio.
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Post by admin » Wed May 22, 2013 12:50 pm

Some very nice stuff at both "Home Grown Audio" and "Moon Audio". Now I want to start building more cables again! Thinking of getting some locking RCA plugs from Home Grown Audio, they look really nice and not to bad at about $10 a piece.
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Post by Ray » Thu May 23, 2013 7:48 am

I was thinking I might want to jump back into the cable building /experimenting realm again also..and those LOK connectors from HGA would be a nice connector choice for some home made RCAs.
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Re: Favorite cable company?

Post by eagle6014 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:20 pm

I found a good HDMI cable w/ Ethernet from partsexpress dot com (part # 180-674) that has the same video quality as my $100 AQ brand. This cable is very small, flexible, & cheap in price. It doesn't have the weight to stress the video inputs which is my pet peeve. Also, my bro told me that when I upgrade the USB cables that I'm to start using v3.0 USB cables. It's going to be the next thing computer makers are going to use for faster data transfer rates. I said ok, he's the computer expert. As far as my fav cable company goes, for me Nordost audio cables sound good for me. As for the video cables, I thought AQ was good, but now I've seen the difference. Low cost HDMI cables are just as well in my opinion. I've come to like this parts express company. They're price on all purpose cables are fair and their shipping is fast. Pat

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Re: Favorite cable company?

Post by camusmuse » Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:55 am

Man I dunno. Maybe I will just play the devil's advocate here, but I have had some expensive cables(vintage Apature) that were silly expensive. Both RCA and speaker. Some old french company that slips my mind now but it was just single twisted pair solid core. Pure silver custom made by me. What I have found is that wire is wire. I know I am making some people out there who have spent thousands on cables VERY upset, but that is not my intention. I look at it like this... Yes, cables make some differences. There are particular instances where a certain gauge is REQUIRED for subs and such. Shielding is important, but only if you have something throwing off "interference". Different types of wires do sound different. Silver is VERY bright, single strand copper can be great for midrange, but not much else. Those are just a few examples I have found personally and of course everyone's ears and perceptions are different. So to me it boils down to this....we are trying to recreate LIVE music. We use lots of "technology" to achieve this goal. Just like wires, different amps sound different, and the same for speakers and every other part of the reproduction chain. I MAY use a specific type of wire to brighten up some speakers that dont have much of high end, or those single strand for a system that is lacking in midrange. In effect I believe that you can use the wires inherent properties, their "voicing" for specific applications, but do just that. Dont buy something just because it is expensive....though locking rca ends are great, as are ALL connections; really those can make more of a difference than anything. Ive seen installs where the owner had to use two adapters to get their super duper speaker wire to find the bindings on their amp....how much does that change the sound? He was a friend's "customer", so I kept my mouth shut. Anyway, try the cheapest connects and speaker wire you can, swap it out, and do a blind test with a friend....you might be surprised. Sell them cables and buy some better gear....or, use what you have to and ditch the rest. Again I am not trying to put down any of the manufacturers here, quality is quality...and making great cable regardless of the type of wire or wrapping can be a very tedious and time consuming occupation. I know because I either make my own cables, or buy the cheapos, where I know that there really isnt any difference. Give me a minute to get a shield before I get hit with all the rotten tomatoes. lol....

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Re: Favorite cable company?

Post by Good Dog Jocko » Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:55 am

I have a dog that especially loves to sit in my lap when I spin vinyl, as it tends to get rid of HF noise that a lot of digital audio is plagued with. A lot of dogs will leave the room when the source is switched from analog to digital, especially early digital and early digital recordings. Some sort of microwave filtering is mandatory these days if you live in a highly populated area, near a cell phone tower, microwave land link towers, etc.

I made most of my interconects from Mogami Neglex cables and connectors. You can buy finished Mogami Neglex cabling from pro audio sources such as Musician's Friend. Mogami is the most used cabling in pro recording studios. By using Mogami, you hear through the same brand of cabling that most likely your recordings were originally made with. My cables were compared to far more expensive van den Hul cables, and were every bit as good. One audio store in Dallas sold their own private brand of cables using Mogami Neglex components, but the cost was 3X what I paid by buying the components myself and doing my own assembly.

The best cabling will be made from pure copper or silver and using woven cotton or silk as insulation material. Using synthetic insulation causes micro discharges of static electricity. My Audioquest tonearm came with the upgraded cabling that uses woven silk insulation material. The smaller the signal, the more important you use natural silk insulation. For very sensitive loudspeakers, such as PHY-HP, it is also important to use natural insulation. The electrostatic discharges produced by synthetic insulation is fixed in size, so the use of low efficiency loudspeakers that came on the scene in the 1950's tended to mask this problem. The early music amplifiers such as Fender that used very high efficiency alnico speakers used woven cotton insulation that was varnished, thus getting rid of parasitic electrostatic discharges that are caused by vibrations and electric current flow in the wiring.

If you paid a lot of money for cabling and didn't get natural insulation materials, then you got screwed and were sold a package of BS. Look at old microphone cables, and you are going to see natural insulation materials. Going to high efficiency speakers will reveal the problems of synthetic insulation, just as using a low output moving coil cartridge will do. Those who build custom guitar amplifiers using high efficiency alnico speakers will usually include naturally insulated wiring in their point-to-point wiring designs. Getting rid of the synthetic insulation used in printed circuit boards is also a part of the problem solution. However, if not using natural insulation, then the audio circuit design must include some kind of microwave frequency filtering. It is imjportant anyway because of cell phone microwave noise that is everywhere these days. That is why my old Hafler FM stereo tuner can no longer be used. I cannot use my old Garett metal detector in town because of microwave interference. If you are in a microwave infested hellhole, then you may no notice any difference in using natural insulation, as the effects is totally swamped out by external sources that have nothing to do with the audio signal generating internal interference by interacting with synthetic insulation materials.

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Re: Favorite cable company?

Post by Bill Stevenson » Tue Sep 23, 2014 3:54 pm

Blue Jeans stuff is fine, no frills, high grade copper wire (Belden) and connectors, reasonable prices. If there is anything better, I don't know what it is.

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