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DIY phono cables

Discussion in 'd.i.y.' started by rockingdoc, May 20, 2020.

  1. ramona

    ramona Music lover

    Belden 1800F, 2 twisted conductors and a shield
    Widely available bulk, good quality and relative cheap
  2. chiily

    chiily PFM Special Builder

    I have used Mogami W2549 with Switchcraft phonos for ages, cheap and does the job.
  3. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    I use the freebie type ones that come with CD players etc and they are more than good enough. Interconnects should be a non subject.
  4. Dan K

    Dan K pfm Member

    The navships silver/ Teflon/ Kapton cable with Eichmann / KLE terminations will reveal stuff you didn't realise even existed.
  5. Dan K

    Dan K pfm Member

  6. Dan K

    Dan K pfm Member

  7. chiily

    chiily PFM Special Builder

    This combination sounds great to my ears...

    [​IMG]IMG_20200430_211448 by Garf Arf, on Flickr

    Note boot lace cables. :) I can't tell the difference soundqise, but I like making cables, fulfills my OCD. :)
    Arkless Electronics likes this.
  8. Dan K

    Dan K pfm Member

    Hearing test?

    How's that KSA-50 coming along?
  9. nuit73

    nuit73 nuit73

    I've been told to try these, apparently an improvement over KLE and cheaper.


    These rca look great !
    I did not know them....
    Where is the ground contact on the RCA ?
    I hope they sound good...?

    I have not seen the rca chassis socket.....it would be interesting to have the chassis adapted to these sockets
  10. Dan K

    Dan K pfm Member

    Single point contact. On the Original Eichmann design it was a tiny ball on the end of a rod, these appear to be almost a foil with a little dished contact area.
  11. nuit73

    nuit73 nuit73

    Yes, a very good contact area
    and they sound good?

    Have they chassis matched for this RCA socket?
  12. chartz

    chartz pfm Member

    I remember when I tried ‘better cables’ on my stock TD160 many, many years ago (one metre of Neumann micro cable) the sound degraded instantly.
    Loss of treble and detail mostly.
  13. mansr

    mansr Objectionist

    That's a crazy idea. For maximum shield effectiveness, the connection should be 360° unbroken.
  14. Dan K

    Dan K pfm Member

    Nope, you wrong!
  15. mansr

    mansr Objectionist

    Please explain.
  16. Dan K

    Dan K pfm Member

    They work best with std type chassis connectors. You can't really use them with WBT next gen as these attempt to do the same thing from the other side, that would mean that the plug and socket would have to be correctly indexed - not good.
  17. Dan K

    Dan K pfm Member

  18. Big John

    Big John pfm Member

    I make my RCA/phono leads using TNT Shoestrings as a base, since I can no longer use/buy the air core from co-ax as now foam filled. I use PTFE tube for 3D printers. I also buy 0.5 mm pure silver wire pushed into plastic/PTFE tube then cover with cotton bootlaces not all are woven cylindrically. I use Switchcraft phono plugs or star line.


  19. mansr

    mansr Objectionist

    That's just someone who sells something saying, rather unsurprisingly, that it's good. Proves nothing.
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  20. Dan K

    Dan K pfm Member

    A typical PFM DIY room response.

    I Know that I'm right. I've spent years listening and making small changes. I couldn't give a rats about your opinion as you're clearly too lazy to do your own research and are not interested in achieving a system that sounds good. All you want to do is score points and belittle peope on the Internet. Another for the ignore list

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