COLIN WONFOR’S TECHNICAL CLINIC: Male XLR plugs

QUESTION: I am needing to change the Aeco silver RCA plugs on one of my interconnects for some male XLR plugs. As it is a UP-OCC conductor, I am thinking of getting a plug with some silver plated pure copper connectors. My thoughts were with the ETI or Xhadow. What’s your opinion Colin? COLIN SAYS … […]

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COLIN WONFOR’S TECHNICAL CLINIC: Silver plated copper vs copper speaker wires? What’s better? Help!

COLIN WRITES … Ideally one would love to remove the effect of the capacitance completely but keep the Inductive coupling tight as it acts like a common mode choke helping to reduce non musical sound. With normal PVC webbing you have poor coupling. It can be done by loading the PVC with iron but it is too stiff […]

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CABLES: Interesting thoughts on speaker cabling by a speaker manufacturer

I was just over on Audioholics, and was reading their review of the 25th anniversary version of the Legacy Audio Focus SE when I came across this little comment in the review: Better than that, though, Legacy’s user manual gives consumers a basic lessen in cable physics. It’s a good read, and I loved the […]

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THE AUDIO MISER (29/10/2020) INTERCONNECTS NOT ON EBAY:

Mr. Miser asks: seriously folks, why consider buying new when you can get these and such prices? Quite right! ATLAS … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649667770-atlas-interconnects-and-power-cord/ BELDEN … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649668900-belden-8402-rca-interconnects-w-switchcraft-connectors-by-tuneful-cables-two-6ft-pairs-and-one-3ft-p/ BLACK RHODIUM … http://www.emporiumhifi.com/head-office-norfolk-suffolk/black-rhodium-overture-xlr-interconnects-1-metre-retail-1200/ CARDAS … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649669227-cardas-golden-reference-interconnects-1-meter-xlr/ CHORD … https://hifiwigwam.com/megastore/product/chord-signature-1m-rca-interconnects-for-sale/?refsource=hifishark KIMBER … https://www.audio-markt.de/market/kimber-kable-select-ks-1026-audio-interconnects-rca-05-metre-2892664081 KIMBER … https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/mount-martha/stereo-systems/kimber-pbj-rca-interconnects/1259683200 KIMBER … https://www.kijiji.ca/v-stereo-systems-home-theatre/st-johns/kimber-kable-pbj-rca-interconnects/1531813833 KRELL … https://www.audiog.com/en/item.aspx?item=1900&refsource=hifishark KRELL … https://www.audio-markt.de/market/krell-cast-highend-audio-cable-interconnects-15-metre-1649231590 KRELL … https://www.oxfordaudio.co.uk/product/krell-cast-interconnects/ LINN … […]

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THE AUDIO MISER (13/10/2020) VINTAGE 230v POWER CORDS NOT ON EBAY:

AUDIONET / P100 … https://www.audioharmony.gr/shop/audionet-p100-power-cord-demo/ BLACK MAMBA … http://arsantiquaudio.com/es/ofertas/1079-black-mamba-helix-cx-series-power-cord-2m.html CLEARAUDIO … http://www.highendaudio.nl/en/accessoires/clearaudio-diamond-powerline-power-cord-1m/ CRYSTAL CABLE / PREFERENCE … https://www.ukaudiomart.com/details/649662708-crystal-cable-reference-power-cord-15m/ FURUTECH / ALPHA3 … https://comoficho.com/for-sale/cables-filter-power-distributor/furutech-alpha-3-power-cord_17991 GEKKO … https://www.kupujemprodajem.com//audio/kablovi/gekko-power-cord/oglas/103112839 GRYPHON … http://www.hifi-intouch.co.uk/products/4639/27/other/gryphon-power-cord-vip-m5-2meter.aspx ISOTEK … https://www.springair.de/de/isotek-high-performance-power-cord-1-50-m/h70120 KIMBER / PK14 … https://www.audio-markt.de/market/kimber-kable-kimber-pk-14-power-cord-869896288 KONDO … https://www.choicehifi.com/product/kondo-audio-note-japan-acz-avocado-1-75m-mains-power-cord/ MISTRAL … https://www.marktnet.nl/audio-video-film/diversen/mistral-waudio-audiophile-ac-power-cord-1-meter-46756424.htm MIT … https://usato.audiograffiti.com/annunci/cavi/247628/ MIT … https://www.audioemotion.co.uk/mit-z-cord-ii-power-cable—2m-25021-p.asp NBS … http://www.highendaudio.nl/en/accessoires/nbs-black-label-power-cord-2m/ NEPTUNE … http://www.hmfsolutions.com/preowned/neptune-power-cord-2m-uk-2/ […]

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THE AUDIO MISER (13/10/2020) INTERCONNECTS NOT ON EBAY:

ACCUPHASE … http://www.highendaudio.nl/en/accessoires/accuphase-aslc-10-xlr-interconnects-1m/ ANTICABLES … https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649663777-anticables-level-32-rca-interconnects/ ATLAS … https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649663842-atlas-equator-mk2-interconnects/ BOGDAN … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649663793-bogdan-audio-toto-rca-interconnects/ HARMONIC TECHNOLOGY … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisa5i1h-harmonic-technology-truthlink-iii-interconnects-2-meter-pair-w-rcas-interconnects?refsource=hifishark OFFERS INVITED … https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/325836-sold-fs-xlo-signature-1m-interconnects/ SAEC … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisa5i35-saec-sl-6000-interconnects-0-7m-open-box-interconnects?refsource=hifishark SHINDO … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisa5i39-shindo-laboratory-silver-1mtr-rca-pair-of-hi-end-interconnects-interconnects?refsource=hifishark TRANSPARENT … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisa5he1-transparent-mlp-interconnects-2-meters-interconnects?refsource=hifishark IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ. The publishers do not vouch for any contents and the listing you are about to visit may be a scam. SO … […]

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CHORD COMPANY: This is what Chord’s digital designer Rob Watts had to say about power cables

Rob Watts writes ….. In the ’80s, there was a buzz going around that mains cables made a big difference to the sound, so I tried experimenting. Yes you could hear a difference, even under blind conditions. And this was with one of my pre-amps that had 3 stages of regulation – 210dB of rejection […]

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SPECIALIST POWER CORDS: Howard Popeck expresses a point of view

“Blown away” for a 3.27% investment: A cursory look at some audio forums will show that a great number of contributors don’t buy the idea that power cables make a difference in a high end audio system. Some of them claim to be engineers and a proportion of them might be. Some write with what […]

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FACT, OR FICTION: Directional speaker wires

I’ve been aware for a long time that some speaker cables are designated as “directional”. To a limited extent I can understand the rational behind choices based on wire size and construction, biwiring, etc. but don’t understand how any conductor can have directional characteristics even in a DC circuit. I’m not denying the possibility but […]

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BENCHMARK MEDIA DAC: What about better power cords?

Does improving the power cord from the one that is supplied improve the sound?  Yes, it does seem to in my systems here. I have experienced dramatic improvements, in terms of subtle detail retrieval, a faster bass and so on with many other DACs through the years and so I suppose I quite naturally expect […]

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CABLES: Loudspeaker cable directionality and the golden days of TRIO LO7C & LO7M amplification

At the time that the Trio LO7D arrived (I was their most successful retailer at that time) TRIO released the LO7C preamp and the LO7 and LO5 mono power amps. These were a very fine combination and as is typically of those times with so many of the great and legendary Japanese makers, it seemed […]

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CABLES: If a 12 gauge cable sounded fuller, what would happen with a bigger, fatter 10 gauge, or an 8 gauge?

Paul McGowan ……… In my new found quest to figure out why power cables made a difference in my preamplifier circuit I began to suspect that I wasn’t adding fullness or, for that matter, anything to the preamp’s sound but rather guessed that what must be happening is one of degrading in the first place.  […]

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PS AUDIO: Before the Monster

Paul McGowan: Here’s an interesting piece of history for you. Before the cable companies existed, no one paid any attention to the wires or cables used to connect our systems. Speakers were connected to power amps through lamp cord purchased at the local electrical store without any fanfare. We knew heavier sounded better, but that […]

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POWER CORDS: Neil McCauley expresses a view

Neil, have you been surprised by the effects of different types of mains cable and IEC termination on the sound that comes from electronics driving speakers? I have been rather surprised because I don’t reckon I have anything like the acuity of some of my friends for acoustic things, I will usually arrive at conclusions; […]

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WISHFUL THINKING: Can exceptional interconnects compensate for a mediocre CD player?

Dear Colin, An audiophile friend made the following argument to me: “Stop looking for a new CD player. With a very good to excellent high-end interconnect you will not only improve the performance of the CD, but other downstream components.” I had to disagree with my friend claiming a $400 or $500 IC is not […]

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