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How Much You Spent On Cables In Your System(s)

Discussion in 'audio' started by ryder, Jun 16, 2021.


How Much You Spent On Cables In Your System(s)

  1. £250 - £500

    31 vote(s)
  2. £501 — £1,000

    27 vote(s)
  3. £1,001 - £2,000

    20 vote(s)
  4. £2,001 - £5,000

    14 vote(s)
  5. £5,001 - £10,000

    6 vote(s)
  6. > £10,000

    7 vote(s)
  7. 0 - £250

    86 vote(s)
  1. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    @Colin L very nice! I was actually looking at your avatar wondering what it was!
  2. Mickdale

    Mickdale pfm Member

    £2500 on interconnects, spent wisely
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  3. myles

    myles Intentionally left blank

    I plumped for 0-250:
    £80 odd for TQ Black speaker cables
    £40 for two sets of Carkokab interconnects
    £20 for a power cable
    £25 for the bits for two more power cables
    £10 for an old Chord interconnect
  4. Nic Robinson

    Nic Robinson Moderator

    I used to buy decent cables in the 90s, but never more than £20 or so. Ever since I've just recycled the old stuff. Not sure when I last bought an interconnect. Certainly never paid for a mains cable.
  5. duckworp

    duckworp pfm Member

    I heard these in Munich. Utterly extraordinary. One of the top three sounding rooms at the show in my book. What amp and source do you run with them?
  6. duckworp

    duckworp pfm Member

  7. Somafunk

    Somafunk pfm Member

    I guess if you’re committed to spending many £100’s/£1000’s on cabling for subjective sonic differences then £200 on a umik mic+REW or similar software will be a very easy sell, and that’s on top of simple acoustic treatment.
  8. monya

    monya pfm Member

    Cables in this gaff:

    Mark Grant mains (2)
    DH Labs mains
    Atlas Mavros aes
    Atlas 4DD mains (2)
    Shunyata Delta nr mains
    Chord Sarum T mains
    Yannis Tome interconnect
    Musicworks Revive mains
    Shunyata Alpha nr mains
    EWA mains
    Puritan Ultimate
    Wot is in the box mains for ARC pre.
    Atlas Asimi XLR
    Transparent music wave + speaker cable
    Lessloss c mark digital
    Lessloss c mark interconnect

    Das ist alle I think.

    No it’s not - MIT shotgun interconnect
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  9. Colin L

    Colin L High-tech low-life

    dCS Rossini & Clock, Halcro pre-amp, 2 x MBL 9008a mono's (and lots of cheap Wireworld cables :rolleyes:).
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  10. clap

    clap pfm Member

    I bought a Siltech G7 550 interconnect from Badger recently. It is superb. It's better than the £200 cable it replaced by some margin.

    Mains cables make the biggest improvement in sound in my system. I'm using MRCU Pinnacle into my regenerator (this made a terrific improvement), MCRU ultimate to an Oyaide USA plug mains block, Siltech 330 mains cable to my pre amp (Iego Silver connectors), Nanotec Golden Strata to my monoblocs (Oyaide 004 connectors), an entry grade Furutech mains cable bought off the roll with the Furutech FI50 connector into my Denafrips Terminator. My analogue system doesn't need mains cables as the Phono stage is battery powered.

    Speaker cables are Analysis Plus Big Silver oval. Again superb.

    There's another pair of Siltech 330 interconnect and then the rest are Yannis Tome.
  11. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    Slightly off-topic, but I've often wondered how designers of exotic and invariably expensive cables go about the process? Given that we are not talking about simple and well understood changes in LCR, how do the designers predict and measure the apparently unpredictable and unmeasurable? Is it a totally random process?
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  12. flutteringwow

    flutteringwow Platinum Ears

    Here we go..
  13. AndyU

    AndyU pfm Member

    Another thing that puzzles me about fancy cables is does a fancy cable sound better the longer it is, in which case how does it do that, or does a long length sound worse than a short length, in which case why is a long length more expensive?
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  14. duckworp

    duckworp pfm Member

    Interesting cables you have. I love the Shunyata Alpha. I have the ef (extra flexible) version. In my systems it sounded better than the Shunyata Sigma, which was twice the price. I ended up with 5 of them as they just made both DACs and amps sound better, more so than any other mains cable I have tried. Crazy that they stopped making the Alpha ef.

    I am curious about Lessloss - the manufacturer of my speakers (Boenicke) likes them very much. And they have interesting mains products. Did you compare them to others, and if so how would you describe their sound in your system?
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  15. duckworp

    duckworp pfm Member

    By cable type where I have tested same cable at different lengths - rca I found sounds better shorter though it was so close I may have imagined it, but Xlr I notice no difference on length. USB definitely better shorter. Ethernet I notice no difference. Mains cable - I have not tested different lengths of the same cable. DC cables from a PS - the manufacturers all seem to agree shorter is better but I heard no difference between 0.5m and 2.0m. Speaker cable - I couldn’t tell the difference between short or long lengths of the same cable. Optical (though you don’t get 'fancy' optical cable), no difference by length for me.

    The reason longer is more expensive is due to the greater amount of materials used to manufacture it, though that is so obvious I suspect your question is facetious in the way anti-cablers think amusing.
  16. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    I don't really see any hate! From a quick scan of the thread there are only two posters using freebie interconnects. Everyone else seems to be using competently designed/constructed interconnects of the type you describe or more esoteric/expensive high-end cables. Not many hairshirts in evidence.

    Surprised that no one has posted anything about DIY cable designs - I've seen these pop up on other forums and TNT Audio have published designs in the past.
    booja30 likes this.
  17. Jim Audiomisc

    Jim Audiomisc pfm Member

    No idea how much I've spent over the decades on cables, but it will be well south of 250 quid. Most of my interconnects have been made from UHF TV coax bought as a 100m drum decades ago. There was a time a decade or whatever ago when 'shark' brand coax was cheap so I bought some. (I was shocked more recently to see the price for the same cable had gone up by ordered of magnitude! Tells you something, I guess.) But overall I've bought from RS, CPC, Farnell fairly standard cables with no fancy claims of prices. I have tried others many years ago and found none were magical.

    I choose USB cables on length and class rating.

    FWIW The co-ax runs in the main system are about 8m and 5m IIRC. They run beside a two-wire mains cable. No hum problems though.

    Speaker cable chosen to have a low resistance/metre and be as short as possible.

    No magic, just music. I'm all for cables. I wouldn't be able to hear the music without them! :)
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  18. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I deleted a fair bit of the usual noise/crusading etc!
  19. ff1d1l

    ff1d1l pfm Member

    I'm using DIY.
  20. From approx. £2K in my previous system, to approx. £100 in my current system.
    booja30 and AndyU like this.

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