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audio cable

Discussion in 'd.i.y.' started by kota, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. kota

    kota pfm Member

    I've got an iFi Nano Black Level dac and I use its line level out into my Naim 72 cd input. It's connected via usb to my Windows 10 laptop which is placed on the coffee table in front of the sofa. It works for me for background low volume music.

    At the moment I'm running a cheap 3 meter 3.5mm/DIN cable but I will be needing a longer one due to some house arrangements I have to do so what kind of cable do you recommend bearing in mind it will have to be at least 5 meter long but still on the cheap side?

  2. PaulMB

    PaulMB pfm Member

    Flashback (I think that's the name....) made good, no-nonsense, well-made cables of all kinds. They should make to order. I've got some for my Naim setup and they work fine. But then I don't much believe in cable magic, so others may have other opinions.
    Gervais Cote likes this.
  3. coltrane

    coltrane electrobaroCKjazzer

    well, 5m seems to be quite long... are you sure the 72'll be able to cope with it...?
  4. GruntPuppy

    GruntPuppy pfm Member

    Take a look at Aithrios - I'm getting them to make me a full system of cables.
  5. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Predator

    Flashback Sales cable are the best value for money IMO.
  6. kota

    kota pfm Member

    OK. Thanks guys.
  7. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    At 5m cable loss and capacitance is unlikely to be an issue.
    Ground loops and RF pickup are more likely.
    A good shield helps the former and some clip on ferrite cores the latter
    Julf likes this.
  8. a.palfreyman

    a.palfreyman pfm Member

    Poor connections are also a source of problems. I recently had some mains / rectifier hum thru my speakers from a CD player that 'scoped exactly the same residual noise as another machine that produce barely any hum. Traced it to poor RCA connectors on an old cheap RCA lead. Replaced the RCAs for new better quality ones (the shielded wire was fine) and hey-presto, hum all but gone.
  9. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    The RCA is an abysmal connector. Signal connects first, poor shield connection.
    No wonder Naim and Quad used to use DIN
    Millennium likes this.
  10. Helen Bach

    Helen Bach if it ain't Baroque ...

    same experience here. It might go some way to explaining why new (more expensive) cables will/can sound better. Nowt to do with electrons, more about cable/connectors which are fit/ter for purpose.
  11. Julf

    Julf Facts are our friends

    Or even the fact that disconnecting the old cable and replacing it with the new cleans up the connectors...

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