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Old 19th July 2011, 06:58 PM   #1
murphythecat8 is offline murphythecat8  Canada
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Default Turntable cables and internal Tonearm rewiring.

hi, I'm looking for upgrading the wires in my tonearm (stock sl-1200).

Their are so many options and so expensive!

First of all, rca plugs and interconnects going from my tonearm to my phono!
1-I mean should I really spend 60$ for set of plugs? The eichmann seems good value for 60$ Eichmann Bullet, Furutech, and WBT NextGen
2- their is all-in-one options like those Nordost : Products : Tonearm Cables or Silver Series C4 Tonearm, or canare which offer the plugs and cable. Please note that I don't have 500$ to put on the nordost product, I want the cheaper, no non-sense priced cable

Which option should I choose, please recommend me cheaper alternatives and your experience.

I'm not looking for the ultimate sound with no money barrier, rather the best-bang for the buck option.

Tonearm wiring:
From van den hull to mouse wires and everything in between, what do you recommend for a good budget tonearm wiring. If it's worth it, I would go with vandenhull price, but I'm sure theirs cheaper options...

Thank you

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Old 20th July 2011, 09:34 AM   #2
Panicos K is offline Panicos K  Europe
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Neutrik rca's at $5-6 / pair are excellent.
Cardas 4x33awg for tonearm,inside & outside.With this you can also make some nice headshell wires.
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Old 20th July 2011, 10:37 AM   #3
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price-performance-wise Id opt for a very flexible stranded HF-litz copper wire. I got mine as free sample (well, it took one call and one email to the manufacturer, who also offers silver HF-Litz), but You can get such wire for a few bucks on ebay too. I chose 10x0,05mm/AWG44, grade1, silk spun. Ill twist the two wires of each stereo channel to reduce noise pickup and run each channel thorugh a drinking straw. As connectors to the pickup Ill use female D-Sub crimping contacts FK20SL from FCT electronic, but You may slaughter any old female Sub-D for contacts.
Symmetrical output connectors will be the Fisher S102 and WBT234 for RCA (simply because of having a couple of them lying around). A more classical XLR-style connector from Neutrik et al will do the job as well.
I can honestly not recommend one of the mentioned boutique RCA-connectors, because the mechanical quality and the finish of those can be terribly -to ridicolously- low and I dont see any justification for their exaggerated price tags.
I keep the tonearm wire short, since its crossectional area is 0,02mm small and as such its impedance is somewhere in the range of 0,8-1,0 Ohm/m. Playing low output MC cartridges a too high impedance will lead to increased signal loss.


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Old 20th July 2011, 01:12 PM   #4
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Suitable tonearm cable you can buy for the (ridiculously low) price is from this guy:
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Unlike other tiny shielded wires, this one is easy to work with.

Same source also offers cartridge clips.

For cable you might use two VAN DAMME - 268026C starquad cables - one for each channel - just wire two white conductors together for signal and two blue together for ground. Or use smaller diameter Van Damme two-conductor+shield cable. Or you can cook any cable you prefer.

For RCA connectors, there is safe and great choice - neutrik NF2C-B/2 connectors.

Connect shield of the cable inside tt to GND post or lug - if it has one, or hardwire any insulated wire to shield and run it to the GND post of phono preamp. Do not connect shield of the cable to anything else.
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