Lighthouse Interconnects

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Lighthouse Interconnects
« on: 30 Mar 2010, 01:23 pm »
LH-1 Interconnects:


Lighthouse interconnects are available in 4ft and 6ft lengths at $145 and $200 respectively.

These cables are double shielded, are lab quality and will perform flawlessly with any audio equipment. They can be used for digital signals as well as radio frequencies and video.



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Re: Lighthouse Interconnects
« Reply #1 on: 30 Mar 2010, 01:24 pm »
are they the "Best in the World"?   :lol:

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« Reply #2 on: 30 Mar 2010, 01:26 pm »
Only the world? C'Mon! Best in the Solar System!

are they the "Best in the World"?   :lol:

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Re: Lighthouse Interconnects
« Reply #3 on: 31 Mar 2010, 10:46 am »
In all seriousness, these are excellent cables.

1] All soldered contacts are perfect, cable trimming is perfect.
2] Heavy terminators that easily conform to varying RCA socket widths
3] No heat shrink tubing used OR adhesives of any kind
4] A flexible outer shield is used the entire length of the cable that protects against abrasions and acts as a strain relief
5] 100% hand tailored and thoroughly inspected for build quality & performance

As stated in the product description, they are designed to work well out of range of audio frequencies. Internal losses within the AF band are virtually non-existent. I never liked the idea of 'hearing' a cable. There are other things to contend with, so why should a cable be a sonic contributer?

The sound of "absence" in itself is what's important. LH-1's will not attenuate anything at all, nor boost anything. Relative to your present cables, there could be a clear improvement- but it is due to non-interference.

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Re: Lighthouse Interconnects
« Reply #4 on: 31 Mar 2010, 11:02 am »
Out of curiosity, what does "double shielded" mean? Are there literally two shields (triax...?)?

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Re: Lighthouse Interconnects
« Reply #5 on: 31 Mar 2010, 11:06 am »
There is a 95% copper braid and underneath it there is a solid foil shield. The underside of the foil shield is laminated as well to provide extra physical support.

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Re: Lighthouse Interconnects
« Reply #6 on: 31 Mar 2010, 11:56 pm »
There is a 95% copper braid and underneath it there is a solid foil shield. The underside of the foil shield is laminated as well to provide extra physical support.

What RCA connectors do you use? Are they directional? Why 4 feet? Can they be the usual 3 feet or 1 meter length?

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Re: Lighthouse Interconnects
« Reply #7 on: 1 Apr 2010, 10:47 am »
I chose 4ft as the base length because it is neither too short or too long for most situations. It has no correlation to performance. I can make cables in any length that is required. I am currently using Nakamichi RCA plugs. They're heavy and precisely made. I love the solid feel and how they conform to different sockets to provide a solid ground and a good positive contact. They are not directional or locking.

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« Reply #8 on: 1 Apr 2010, 02:32 pm »
I chose 4ft as the base length because it is neither too short or too long for most situations. It has no correlation to performance. I can make cables in any length that is required. I am currently using Nakamichi RCA plugs. They're heavy and precisely made. I love the solid feel and how they conform to different sockets to provide a solid ground and a good positive contact. They are not directional or locking.

Hi Blair,

Ok, so I would probably get 3 feet or 1 meter (39.37 inches) That is more the standard length. So how much for 1 meter or 3 feet?

Asking about the cables being directional because you have two forms of shielding. If one of them is not connected at one end, this would be a fantom shield, and would make the cables directional.

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Re: Lighthouse Interconnects
« Reply #9 on: 1 Apr 2010, 04:07 pm »
I will post some additional length prices soon. A 3ft pair is $120.00.

The shield has to be connected at both ends. A complete circuit would not exist in some cases without it.

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« Reply #10 on: 1 Apr 2010, 04:10 pm »
The shield has to be connected at both ends. A complete circuit would not exist in some cases without it.

some will disagree with you..

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Re: Lighthouse Interconnects
« Reply #11 on: 1 Apr 2010, 04:18 pm »
I will make them one sided by request. It might help with ground loops in some cases. There would have to be a solid ground between the two devices being connected for that to work. With the shield connected at both ends, a solid circuit is guaranteed.

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« Reply #12 on: 1 Apr 2010, 04:20 pm »
Are these wires coaxial with a single center conductor and a two-layer shield?
 
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« Reply #13 on: 1 Apr 2010, 04:23 pm »
Yes, you are correct. They use a high density copper braid and a laminated foil shield.

Are these wires coaxial with a single center conductor and a two-layer shield?
 
Steve

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« Reply #14 on: 1 Apr 2010, 04:27 pm »
Although leaving a shield not connected on one end is an option on a 2-wire + shield cable, I wouldn't even entertain the idea of not connecting the shield at one end of a COAX cable!
 
For one, you would loose any possible chance of even coming close to a 75 ohm impedance for digital audio use.
 
And for either digital or analog use, who would want the signal to return through either a chassis ground or separate ground wire?
 
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« Reply #15 on: 1 Apr 2010, 04:49 pm »
I'd leave it up to the customer. However, I do feel it is better to have the shield attached at both ends for most jobs.

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« Reply #16 on: 1 Apr 2010, 06:06 pm »
Although leaving a shield not connected on one end is an option on a 2-wire + shield cable, I wouldn't even entertain the idea of not connecting the shield at one end of a COAX cable!
 
For one, you would loose any possible chance of even coming close to a 75 ohm impedance for digital audio use.
 
And for either digital or analog use, who would want the signal to return through either a chassis ground or separate ground wire?
 
Steve


Hi Steve,


Now if I recall, this is a double shielded cable. It's the foil shield that I am referring to disconnect at one end. If this is being used for digital use, then this might be different. We are still dealing with an unbalanced line source here. It may or may not make a difference in audio. I am not a cable designer. With a good resolving system like what Blair has, how a cable is terminated does make a big difference. i don't see the need for the double shielding, but again, there is a purpose for everything. So both shields are connected on both ends. No problem. It might be worth the experimentation to leave the foil disconnected from one end and see what happens on the audio side.

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Re: Lighthouse Interconnects
« Reply #17 on: 1 Apr 2010, 06:12 pm »
There is no insulation between the two shields. Copper is braided over the foil. The lamination side of the foil faces the inner dialectic (solid nylon).

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Re: Lighthouse Interconnects
« Reply #18 on: 1 Apr 2010, 06:30 pm »
There is no insulation between the two shields. Copper is braided over the foil. The lamination side of the foil faces the inner dialectic (solid nylon).

Hi Blair,

Ok, the point is mute. Thanks. So if I buy a shorter length from you, like the standard 1 meter, what would be the price then? Thanks.

Ray

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Re: Lighthouse Interconnects
« Reply #19 on: 1 Apr 2010, 06:48 pm »
I sent you a PM

Hi Blair,

Ok, the point is mute. Thanks. So if I buy a shorter length from you, like the standard 1 meter, what would be the price then? Thanks.

Ray