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Spend all the $$ on one cable to go from source to preamp. Live with it for a while and then save up to get the best cable you can afford between preamp and amp.In my experience, changes that are closer to the source (DAC or Turntable) have a larger impact than changes further down the line. This assumes that the system is relatively balanced and has no glaring weaknesses that need to be addressed first.
first thing is to clean ALL connections on your existing cables, when was the last time you did that ?
first thing is to clean ALL connections on your existing cables, when was the last time you did that ? After that do 'you' have a feeling as what your weakest link is, cable wise ? Are all your IC's a meter or less in length ? What kind of speakers are you listing to , for if stats do you know the capacitance rating of your current speaker cables ?
I second this and would go even further. I can't tell you how many cables I've reterminated to find serious corrosion deep into the cables themselves. Not such a problem for reviewers comparing brand new cables, but for us civilians it's very likely that your old cable is significantly compromised even after cleaning all the contacts.
One other question concerning corrosion.Is some corrosion due to electrolysis? Can certain metals dissimilaritiesbe a culprit? Specially with current running through them.Don
Ok, so I've got copper, gold plated and silver connections.What would you recommend I use to clean?And after hearing the Hapa cable in my system I now wanta combination of TWL and Hapa if that's possible. I love TWLfor the depth of the instrument sound and am amazed at the detailwithout glare of the Hapa. Just can't afford to go down the rabbit hole.All comments are appreciated thus far. Special thanks to Dave.Don
Get DeoxIT contact cleaner
I would avoid the stuff with gold, G5 I think... it goes everywhere. Instead get a cleaner that leaves no residue and clean thoroughly, then apply Caig G100 and then attempt to remove as much of it as possible with a dry q-tip, this tends to leave about the right amount.
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