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The copper-plated silver cable might be a good enough reason by itself to buy these for me. A lot of good iems come with lower quality copper cables that do disservice to the actual sound of the iem. I just wish I had an extra $85 to drop on these.
Can you expand on the reasons for this? (i.e. What would I need to listen to in order to hear the difference?)
Or is it more of a build quality issue, rather than audio fidelity?
I think its 6n copper with silver plating, not copper plated silver. Silver plating is not always beneficial with the exception of Nordost cables. I personally prefer cryo'd 7N and above sc thicker copper
I think high quality copper is expensive so companies settle for average quality which can really diminish clarity of the audio. Silver is a better conductor than copper and is added to deminish the resistance of average copper. I usually just try out different types of wires on my favorite IEMs and I can usually tell if the wire is low quality because it just sounds muddy. I’m not saying silver is always better, just that on lower priced IEMs it does seem to help audio quality.
If you’re interested in the different types of copper and how it compares to silver, here are some sites I have found helpful:
Yeah I think that was a bad translation by the company and I didn’t notice it until you mentioned it. I’m definitely a fan of 7n and I’m actually looking for a good balanced option for my Audeze iSines. For expensive earphones I prefer pure copper as well, but I’ve noticed that silver tends to help overcome deficiencies of cheaper wires. That said, I would love to find some good custom brands with N7 that are affordable.
Issue with low price silver plated cables is the quality and uniformity of the plating. So far, all of my experiences with them tends towards the thin, bright and hash side. The nordost however, manages to control the harshness somewhat and transform it to dynamics and transients instead. Now, even my home speaker cables are Jena labs while my interconnects are siltech.
Cool, I’ll have to look into those and see if I can get some high quality cables that fit my cans. Do you have a preference between those three?
Not sure if siltech and jena has cables for head/earphones but Nordost does. Null audio vitesse has cryno'd 7N and you can even find 8N on ebay (non cryo'd). For my full sized headphones, I use Nordost Heimdall ($$$) but you can find after market Nordost Baldur for ~$130. For cheaper 7N (non-cryo'd), you can find them on ebay for <$50 if you look hard.
Also, Choice is a matter of synergy with your phone characteristics but in general Nordost brings a lot of transparancy and immediacy.