Excellent, it is quite satisfying and enjoyable making your own cables, that's how I started and gradually gained the confidence to try other projects. You work neatly which is good to see, well done.
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I made some custom RCA interconnects for my system as I could not find ideal cables for less than $1000. I really like how they came out. Check out the gallery for full step by step instructions and many pictures... I had a fun time making them!
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Wow. Very cool! they look nice.
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Impressive step-by-step documentation... and they look beautiful!
So how do they compair sonically to other cables you've tried in that system? Any obviouse differences? If so, can you describe? Also, did you use a high silver-content solder? The solder contact between terminator and cable can be a weak point.
Really great post! Thanks for sharing.
To answer your question I just finished the project yesterday, but I did get a couple of hours of listening time in them today on a couple of records that I recently listened to on the older setup. It's always difficult to make an exact approximation of audible changes but I think there is more soundstage and precision. The greatest improvement I noticed was clarity. This was most prominent when I was listening to the song "The Friends of Mr. Cairo" on the Jon and Vangelis CD (I got that CD from the music recommendation part of this site). There are some areas in the song where it's slightly difficult to understand the lyrics and that has greatly improved, also, the subtle sound effects are more clear and audible. As for the solder, I got an electronics grade thin solder (the thin type allowed me to really control how I was placing the solder and didn't have any of those big nasty "globs". I was also able to impregnate the ground mesh wire with the solder as it ate the solder up almost like paper would water and then I just attached it to the housing). It would be interesting to make the same cable and just change the solder to see what effect it had on the sound. Luckily, the locking RCA plugs had nice and large contact points so it was easy to solder both the signal wire to connecting pin and the ground to the body. I hope that these good connections will help.
tsv_1, do you have specific recommendations of solder type, or where I could buy it. I had a lot of fun making these cables and plan to do more. After noticing the improvement from my preamp to my amp, I now want to make more for the connections to my other components. Also, I wouldn't be surprised if a friend or two will ask me to make a set for them. I really think these cables can compete with ones on the market for over 500 or even 1000 dollars and it costs me less than $100 for a pair.
I'm a big proponent of silver in my interconnects. I dismiss the stigma that "silver is bright". While some earilier attemps to use silver by certain cable companies resulted in subpar products, there are other companies who have taken full advantage of silver's excellence wrt audio connectivity. I know you didn't ask me about my opinion on this subject, but I just couldn't help myself
Here's the solder I like when I'm trying not to burn myself in the "lab" It ain't cheap, but neither is an excellent scotch. You get what you pay for.
I would also recommend to you (and anyone else reading this) this stuff. I've applied it to all my system contact points (IEC receptacles, RCA plugs, XLR male connectors, and speaker terminals). Great stuff if a tad unruly (apply cautiously are suffer the horrors of silver paste on any/all surfaces in close proximity).
I checked out the solder. Definitely looks of high quality. I wish they sold a smaller amount as spending nearly 100 bucks for solder when I know I will only use 1/4 during my entire lifetime is a shame. Still a worthwhile consideration if I continue to make cables. I wouldn't be surprised if a friend of mine will ask me to make some cables for him.
I also looked at that silver "goop". Looks interesting. I would like to try that out. The only thing that scares me is that I'll probably make a huge mess! Does it come off with a simple cloth if I get to zealous?
As for the political stuff.... I just retreat into my listening room.... put on a good album... and it seems like all the troubles of the world disappear.
these guys and love their products. and hey... I just notices they use the same WBT solder I mentioned to you. I honestly did not notice that before, but good to see they are like-minded in their preferences.
And the silver goop does not permanently stain... wipes up (and/or washes out) without too much toil and trouble.
I got the WBT solder and I decided to make a 2nd set of cable to connect my CD player to the preamp. This was a shorter 2 ft cable.