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  1. #11
    Join Date: May 2018

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    Just to update this, I went with the Neotech NEI-3004 cable and the KLE style connectors.







    I'll post some pics of the made up cable when I get home today but I have to say overall I'm very pleased with it. Only connected the shield at the source end (after reading a War & Peace amount of 'information' as to the 'why's' and the 'why not's' of doing this). Eventually I pulled apart another pair of my favourite sounding IC's and they were connected in this way so I followed suit.

    After a couple of 'practice' goes with some bellwire I got in the groove of tipping both cable and connector and really cleaning the tip of the solder iron between every application. Wow, what a difference that makes. All nice shiny finishes without any blobs or oxidisation/discolouring.

    Now I'm getting cocky and wondering if I should make some more maybe with these plugs:

    https://www.hificollective.co.uk/cat...-rca-plug.html

    Is it worth climbing up the Neotech cable ladder for a notch up in performance or anything else around I should try? Will definitely look into the microphone cable suggestion from others, thanks for that.

    Like I say I'm really pleased with the performance of these but the plugs are made in Taiwan and materials quality isn't exactly guaranteed.

    Cheers,

    Chris
    System 1: - Amp - Musical Paradise MP-701 - Neurochrome 686
    - Source: Linn LP12 (AT-OC9XEN) - D-Klimo LAR copy - Novafidelity X12 - Musical Paradise MP-D1 mkII -
    - Speakers: Cambridge Acoustic "Grand Master Evolution" Subs: - REL T3's -

    System 2 - Amp: Marantz 1060
    - Source: Audio Technica LP5 - EAR834p clone - Pioneer N-30K - Musical Paradise MP-D1 -
    - Speakers: Loth X BS1's - Sub: REL T3 -

    System 3: - Amp: Custom N-core 300B SEP -
    - Source: Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 - Topping E30 -
    - Speakers: Quad 63's -

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    Just stick with that cable Chris, good result.

  3. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    Just stick with that cable Chris, good result.
    Good advice as ever Alan.

    Might just make a few more of the same then and replace the whole lot and sell the pretty Chord ones . . . .
    I think I'm at a stage a lot of people on here go through in their 'journey'. It's an enlightening place to be that's for sure.

    Great fun.
    System 1: - Amp - Musical Paradise MP-701 - Neurochrome 686
    - Source: Linn LP12 (AT-OC9XEN) - D-Klimo LAR copy - Novafidelity X12 - Musical Paradise MP-D1 mkII -
    - Speakers: Cambridge Acoustic "Grand Master Evolution" Subs: - REL T3's -

    System 2 - Amp: Marantz 1060
    - Source: Audio Technica LP5 - EAR834p clone - Pioneer N-30K - Musical Paradise MP-D1 -
    - Speakers: Loth X BS1's - Sub: REL T3 -

    System 3: - Amp: Custom N-core 300B SEP -
    - Source: Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 - Topping E30 -
    - Speakers: Quad 63's -

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    How flexible is the Neotech cable?
    Allo Boss Player / NJC Audio Reference Headphone Amp / Sennheiser HD600

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourneendboy View Post
    How flexible is the Neotech cable?
    Hi Bill,

    apologies for late reply.

    It's medium to slightly stiff I would say. Not quite as flexible as Chord Chameleon (blue one) but not far off. I'm using it to bend 180' from rear of turntable into phono stage sitting below it (about 20cm below) and the cable is 30cm long if you can picture that.

    Wouldn't want to put much more pressure on the bend than that.
    System 1: - Amp - Musical Paradise MP-701 - Neurochrome 686
    - Source: Linn LP12 (AT-OC9XEN) - D-Klimo LAR copy - Novafidelity X12 - Musical Paradise MP-D1 mkII -
    - Speakers: Cambridge Acoustic "Grand Master Evolution" Subs: - REL T3's -

    System 2 - Amp: Marantz 1060
    - Source: Audio Technica LP5 - EAR834p clone - Pioneer N-30K - Musical Paradise MP-D1 -
    - Speakers: Loth X BS1's - Sub: REL T3 -

    System 3: - Amp: Custom N-core 300B SEP -
    - Source: Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 - Topping E30 -
    - Speakers: Quad 63's -

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opti-cal View Post
    Hi Bill,

    apologies for late reply.

    It's medium to slightly stiff I would say. Not quite as flexible as Chord Chameleon (blue one) but not far off. I'm using it to bend 180' from rear of turntable into phono stage sitting below it (about 20cm below) and the cable is 30cm long if you can picture that.

    Wouldn't want to put much more pressure on the bend than that.
    No worries and thank you
    Allo Boss Player / NJC Audio Reference Headphone Amp / Sennheiser HD600

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    Hi Chris

    Iím no expert but I have made a ton of hifi DIY cables over the years, from simple one all the way up to exotic ones; 5 layer shielding, pure silver and I even tried gold + all sorts of connectors; cheap to stupid
    Iím passionate about cables, I love trying new stuff everting from cables to big amplifiers, room correction you name it...Iím a big kid when it comes to my hobby

    I see that you have settled on a shielded one, I think you should make two versions of your cable as itís my experience that shielded cables, especially short runs donít really benefit from shielding, I find the unshielded more ďopenĒ...just my 2 cents
    Hope Iím not ďopening a can of wormsĒ here

    I always end up back to my Blue jeans & Mogami copper cables - simple good quality copper, no fuss cables

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