Having created a phono cable that i am delighted with, i set about designing a tonearm cable for my Linn LP12 sondek. The length is 1.2m
As i was using the standard cable (which was over 25 years old), i decided to replace it, however rather than spend hundreds/thousands on a cable i decided to use the same principles applied to my other interconnects
I have used only the finest materials available, sourcing 99.99% pure silver wire, Slightly oversize PTFE (teflon) tubing (allowing an air dialectric), High quality NEUTRIK GOLD PLATED phono plugs (Eichmann solid silver or LOK Solid Silver are also available at extra cost as shown in the photograph). The tonearm connector can be specified, however i use either SME (right angled), Van Den Hul (right angled),or Clearaudio (straight) as standard (they are all top quality, however if you require the SME or Van den Hul connectors then there will be a small extra charge). The earthing leads are oxygen free copper The covering is heatshrink to tidy the whole cable up. I also used lead free 4% silver solder to make the connections. The main photo is of a recent order with the Clearaudio connector and the photo with the SME is of the tonearm cable on my Linn SONDEK.
I constructed the cabe as follows. Pure silver wire for the signal wire (+ve), pure silver wire for the return wire (-ve) and 99.99 ofc wire for the screening. The silver wire was first cleaned with silver cleaner to remove any oxides which may have formed. +ve and -ve were threaded into PTFE tube to eliminate any interference, however the screening wire just has standard shrinkwrap (you dont want this in PTFE as it will not then perform its function which is to drain out RFI (radio frequency interference). The 3 wires were then braided together in a LITZ pattern by hand. Litz wire is made by crossing the outside left wire over the centre wire to, in turn become the centre wire. The right hand wire is the crossed over the new centre wire to, in its turn become the centre wire, ensuring that all wires are equally distibuted along the length of the cable. Although time consuming, the benefits far outweigh the time spent and braiding by hand ensures that the braid is not too tight and also allowing the cable to remain flexible. The whole aim of this method is to construct a cable which repels RF INTERFERENCE. This interference caused the signal to degrade and as such the listeneing experience suffers.
Once braided, a metal RFI Braid is then treaded onto the cable and the cable is earthed, then a heatshrink section was then shrunk over the whole bundle to tidy it up.
I then had a marathon testing session with a friend of mine who has some top quality equipment. We auditioned a few different cables on his turntables (both LP12 sondeks, circus bearings, one with a EKOS Mk2 and one with and SME V). The auditions included a Nordost TYR (£700) (which he currently has on his EKOS), A XAUS MK3 (£600) and an SME solid silver cable. None of these cables use phono connectors of the quality that i do which makes my cable, arguably the finest around. In back to back tests, my own make cable elicits levels of detail from the vinyl that the others simply couldnt process.
Probably the biggest upgrade you can make to a turntable. Changing the arm for a better model will show improvements, however if the signal is still being transmitted down an inferior medium you will not see the benefits. YOU WILL WITH MINE.
I can also supply them Cryo treated for an extra £30 with CRYO treatment carried out by Frozen Solid Audio.
Each Pair have been electrically tested to ensure that they are of the high quality that you would expect, however when you connect them to your system, the cables will continue to improve for up to 100 hours.
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If you are not entirely satisfied, please return within 7 days of reciept for a FULL REFUND of the purchase price. I cant say fairer than that, this is a no risk offer!
These will beat any offerings, in my opinion from companies such as Chord, Van Den Hul, isotek, Russ Andrews, QED, Nordost, Ecosse and any of the others.
I have sold a considerable number of these and the feedback has been 100%. Have a look for peace of mind, the latest are below.
Item as described, prompt posting, great service!
SUPERB PRO' CABLES FROM A TOP EBAYER.DESERVES EBAY AWARD FOR HIGH STANDARDS.
Express delivery, great product +++++
Wonderful products. Thanks for the extra work
Nice item promptly delivered- will order another one fairly soon – recommended
Excellent product and service. Returning customer because there worth it!
SUPER ITEMS FROM A TOP EBAYER,WHO KNOWS EXACTLY HOW TO TREAT BUYERS. THE BEST!!!
Also have a look at my other items for sale on EBAY including my Pure silver phono cables, pure silver speaker spades and my pure silver speaker cable.
These are an e-mails i have had from customers who have ordered several products from me at different times.
Thanks very much for the great service. The interconnects are outstanding, I can't believe the amount of information they retrieve. There is no colouration at all and the accuracy is pin-point. I've used interconnects from all the big names: Van Der Hul, Ixos,QED, Chord and Straightwire, in fact I'd hate to think of the money I've spent looking for the perfect set. I won't need to look any longer.
Ps I'm more than happy for you to use any of these comments in your future listings if you wish
I have purchased two pairs of these; the first were to replace my current interconnects - Atlas Equator - from my CD player (NAD C542) to my Amp (Pioneer A400). I must admit they are a marked improvement on the Atlases, its a bit like the sonic equivelant of cleaning your glasses (if you wear them - I do) and seeing everything clear, crisp and defined. I cant wait to check out the other pair I have for my TT set up and I am sure the improvements will be as noticable. Its a great product and great value and just goes to show that a big fat cable doesn't always guarantee quality!
After many years of buying phono leads that seem to be cheap guitar leads dressed up with fancy names ang plugs.
And monster speaker leads with OFC and 1 plated strand to hundreds of strands.
I thought that nothing would make any better sound, just different.
Until I came across John who had done all the research and bought the expensive components and put them together in the right way to make a truly exceptional product.
These custom made interconnects make my system sound so punchy and alive rather than just shift the bias from bass to treble or viceversa like coax style leads.
Johns leads made the bass and midrange as tight and clear as I could ever imagine, while the treble remained prominent but not over emphasised.
The speaker leads are so thin compared to most ugly heavy brutes, I could not believe how the bass of my Dali Helicons just punched out at full volume and the treble was so clear.
I did not need to do any tedious back and forth checking to see if I could hear any difference beween the previous leads, since after hooking up the the sound was so amazing there was just no point. I could not imagine that any other lead would improve on these.
The best bit is that John will make your leads the exact length you need.
So you can have 0.5m or shorter phono leads, so no useless draped wires tangling up and laying next to other cables. Or you can have an extra long cable if your record deck is remotely sited.
The speaker leads can be made to exact length so again no over long coils or just too short if speakers are offset. This also can save you money, especially when bi-wiring.
John is not a fancy named company charging the earth for ugly big leads with fancy printed sleeving and packaging.
He is an enthusiast who has done his research and now wants to share it with you, and not overcharge, but offer his product at an honest price.
If you listen to music seriously then you can rest assured that you will never have to buy another lead as your search stops here.
I got the cables today. You've done a great job. Firstly I tried the XLR ones and noticed it was clearer but the burn in period is not achieved at all and there was more precision in the whole range and a better scene distribution. Then I tried the RCA connections from the OPAMP's output and was almost scotched to the wall as I gained 1 to 2 dB's and I noticed that the frequency range has extended to the top while the bottom was more precise. On Oscar Peterson Trio's We get Requests, I clearly see the drummer using his brushes and can even hear the breathing of Oscar in some lower passages; the upright is now in the room and not between the speakers on the right side. Then I put Rush's Moving Pictures and wow the bass (that is not well defined) is here and I can see Geddy playing and smiling, I also noticed the great work on the cymbals and Alex has never sounded so (well) transitored (remember he is using a GK). On tube output : dynamic is perfect.
Thanks so MUCH.
the comparison was made with W&M pure OCC cables (RCA and XLR) and with Transparent MusicLink Plus (RCA only).