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Superb cables on a budget

Discussion in 'audio' started by Mozart, May 9, 2022.

  1. Curtis

    Curtis pfm Member

    Ah how special.
    He is obviously a gullible fella.
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  2. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    Back to the OP, I think it's good to have the occasional reminder, particularly for newcomers to this hobby of ours, that you really don't need to spend shed loads of money on fancy cables to have a decent sounding system.

    I have an eclectic mix of cables from VdH, Chord, VD, YT, Monster and homemade. My selection criteria usually comes down to "is it the right length", and "is it bendy enough".

    The only time I've ever "heard" a cable was when someone lent me a weird looking interconnect made of thin woven wire - I think it was a Kimber cable? - which made everything sound so jangly that I gave it back the same day!
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  3. Colin L

    Colin L High-tech low-life

    Bookcase porn of them anyway. Lived in, I think you'd call it.

  4. the caretaker

    the caretaker pfm Member

    Yes and a tree lover too..I'm not sure about tree hugger? Lol
  5. sls4321

    sls4321 pfm Member

    I had a Miele service engineer here a few months ago to change the door on my fridge, who turned out to be a complete hifi nut. He spotted the music room. Couldn't get him out of the house.

    A local carpenter recently built new bookcases in the music room. Incredibly tidy, against my better judgement.
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  6. the caretaker

    the caretaker pfm Member

    Do I spot Laphroaig and bunnahabhain stiuireadair?
  7. the caretaker

    the caretaker pfm Member

    A Miele needs fixing! Really? I have been to a few jobs and the customers have been hifi enthusiasts..they probably felt the same about me lol..I built my bookcase come cd storage and vinyl holder just using a panel saw and cordless turned out quite well considering..varnished it with screwfix waterbased floor varnish..
  8. sls4321

    sls4321 pfm Member

    The door seal came out and for that they change the whole door.

    I did the £50 DIY wood + handsaw + a lick of paint thing in 1985, then MFI (a bit like Topping, great for 5 minutes, then it falls apart), then cheapo bespoke in 1997 (£1,000 for two bookcases that lasted 25 years). Went uber-posh last year, but got mate’s rates thankfully, they will still be here when I’m not.

    I also had a drinks cabinet made. It’s called upcycling. You buy a piece of old crap and try and turn it into something not quite as crap. It’s an expensive way of saving the planet, but was fun all the same.
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  9. ampedup

    ampedup Lost in audio

    Other forums' cable threads devolve into heated acrimony and vehemently held pole positions.
    Pinkfish cable threads evolve into bookcase design, refrigerator door repair and Marie Kondo advice.
    Hook, mrlamonta, Tigerjones and 3 others like this.
  10. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    Crazy but true.
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  11. the caretaker

    the caretaker pfm Member

    One mans crap is anothers treasure! Lol..1k for 25 years, sounds ok to me..( I'm scratching my head as to how a bookcase gives up the ghost? ) I used to make hand made kitchens out of old pine joists many years ago..they are all still going strong! Mind you the joist were purloined from a railway station or is that just posh for train station? British Colombian Pine is just fab..bit resinous but super fab ( if you like wood ) the old plastic pipe trick on the contract saw helped with getting the resin off the could say I was a master craftsman? But nowadays I just listen carefully to hifi cables!
  12. sls4321

    sls4321 pfm Member

    We like wood here a lot more than cables. We have various things made from French oak, ash, striped eucalyptus, English oak, cherry and walnut, although my favourite bit is a 2m long bench made from 300 year old Teak from Java, recovered from a derelict temple. It’s black, has a wonderful texture and is as hard and heavy as steel. Time to visit my upcycled drinks cabinet.
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  13. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    Wood is far more interesting than cables.
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  14. sls4321

    sls4321 pfm Member

    As Peter Walker would have said, the good thing about wood is that it doesn't conduct electricity.

    I know this because if there is a wood that conducts electricity, someone would by now have made a cable out of it.
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  15. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    I had some cables with a block of wood at one end. I'm not sure what the puropose of the wood was.
  16. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

    Cables give some people wood....:)
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  17. notevenclose

    notevenclose pfm Member

    Yup. I've used her cables for a long time. They still spark joy.
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  18. sls4321

    sls4321 pfm Member

    Obviously to make the cable attractive, and it clearly worked!
  19. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    I really don’t think our Dr Hutch is swayed by attractive cables. However, I could be wrong.
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  20. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    Did he take off his ear defenders first?
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