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Old 4th January 2012, 05:17 AM   #11
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How on earth is the shield to be removed? I thought they were woven like a chinese finger trap. That's why I just recommended leaving it and not connecting it. It's a short run. I wouldn't expect problems until beyond 2m. Even then, I might expect something measurable but not audible in a blind test.
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Old 4th January 2012, 10:53 AM   #12
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I wouldn't start from here. If you want a shield, use a shielded cable. If you don't want a shield, use an unshielded cable.
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Old 4th January 2012, 01:20 PM   #13
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Finding an unshielded cable with 4 leads twisted that is flexible and has excellent audio band performance is proving difficult.

Do you have a source or recommendation?
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Old 4th January 2012, 03:07 PM   #14
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No, sorry.
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Old 4th January 2012, 03:59 PM   #15
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Canare's 46S fits that bill if you don't mind the somewhat largish 20 gauge leads.

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Old 4th January 2012, 07:45 PM   #16
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Not that I think a good headphone amplifier needs a shielded cable. The headphones themselves sure don't! But in any case a shield does not need to be connected at both ends if it's only job is a shield.
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Old 7th January 2012, 05:47 AM   #17
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Not that I think a good headphone amplifier needs a shielded cable. The headphones themselves sure don't! But in any case a shield does not need to be connected at both ends if it's only job is a shield.
yeah it kinda does and if not it would be useful if it actually shielded something more than itself ie the voice coil and it should at the least have its own connection to chassis ground, which phono plugs do not have. As a result it simply shunts the noise along the cable length, leaving out the headphones; to signal ground.....

in answer to those asking about unshielded cable, any reasonable quality hookup wire will do, how hard is it to twist a couple of pairs 6' long? its actually not that hard to remove the shield from ready made cables either, just a pair of tin snips will do nicely; also UTP isnt hard to find

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Old 7th January 2012, 10:34 AM   #18
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Hmm... CAT 6 cables...
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Old 7th January 2012, 01:48 PM   #19
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yeah thats the type of thing i meant by UTP, but probably not entirely practical, not the most flexible cable going
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Old 10th January 2012, 08:28 PM   #20
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Default Sacrifice is not always bad

After much too much wiring in many too many wayz (accompanied by rolls of laughter and eyeballs among readers) I settled on a willfully sacrificed length of dual twisted pair Rockford Fosgate cable (no shield, no kidding)!

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