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Old 2nd Jul 2021, 9:39 am   #2441
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Incredible stuff!
The cables and connectors need to be directional as otherwise you might " go clear around the bend"?
The supplier has won The Queens award for Industry too, it seems!
Can we assume that Her Majesty employ's these cables in "ones own hi-fi"?
Another example of "a 'phool and his money are easily parted"?
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Old 2nd Jul 2021, 9:51 am   #2442
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I think that the Queen's Award For Industry relates to the company's financial performance, and does not imply that anything is actally supplied to the Royal Household. It is Royal Warrants that are awarded to businesses that supply things to the Royals.
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Old 2nd Jul 2021, 10:42 am   #2443
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FWIW I use this stuff, used by the km in professional audio gear (such as recording studios and outside broadcast) for the princely sum of 1.82 per metre.

I use it with Nutrik XLR connectors

https://www.canford.co.uk/CANARE-L-4...BLE-Deployable

And I'm pretty certain it is not directional ;-)

Eat your heart out Nordost.

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Old 2nd Jul 2021, 11:19 am   #2444
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But it hasn't got a cotton outer braid to stop the information leaking out!

It can only sound good to people who know the difference between differential and common modes.

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Old 12th Jul 2021, 11:12 am   #2445
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eBay ads.
Well I think I have seen it all now!
A used ECC82 - 183
3 used ECC83 parts not working 332
A used ECC83 "Extremely rare" tests above average, whatever that means!!!!!!!
1450.00!!!!!!!!!!
The world has gone stark raving bonkers - I am sitting on a fortune here in the workshop.

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Old 12th Jul 2021, 11:15 am   #2446
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50% of all ECC83 will test above average

It's just the way maths/statistics works.

But without him having got results of every test, how does he know where the average is?

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Old 12th Jul 2021, 11:45 am   #2447
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Now, now David,
It's all hyperbole really isn't it?
I've been at it 60 odd years and still don't know what average is, me probably!

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Old 12th Jul 2021, 11:53 am   #2448
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Craig et al,
As far as audio was concerned I/we used Belden 8541, which, buying in large quantities ie 10s of km, cost about 10-20p/metre (1999- 2005 prices)

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Old 12th Jul 2021, 11:54 am   #2449
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Ask the seller whether they are quoting mean, median or mode. That should confuse them.

Now apparently in key stage 2 (8 to 11 year old) https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topic...ticles/z99jpbk

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I'm a mean and standard deviation man

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Old 31st Jul 2021, 9:17 pm   #2451
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There are cables, and then there are 'cables'. But why have a dull old passive cable when you can have a powered one ? And if you're going to go for powered then you'd want valve-powered wouldn't you ?

Well, your luck is in ...

https://www.auralthrillsaudio.com/t2.htm

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Old 31st Jul 2021, 9:34 pm   #2452
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An absolute must very reasonably priced . I mean the build quality well what can you say . I am of course lying .
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Old 31st Jul 2021, 10:00 pm   #2453
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There are cables, and then there are 'cables'. But why have a dull old passive cable when you can have a powered one ? And if you're going to go for powered then you'd want valve-powered wouldn't you ?

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https://www.auralthrillsaudio.com/t2.htm

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Looks very amateurishly assembled but who am i?.
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Old 31st Jul 2021, 10:14 pm   #2454
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I see they have been awarded a Queen's Award for Enterprise

Their prices are indeed rather enterprising. There are no signs of any awards for science, engineering, or exports, though.

The first one Craig pointed to has more than a passing resemblance to my bike lock.

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Old 31st Jul 2021, 11:20 pm   #2455
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Looks quite grotesque really- I know it doesn't bear materially on performance, but surely they could have at least attempted to give a boutique item a bit of constructional elegance? It wouldn't take any more time or effort at assembly to do a teensy bit of lead-dressing. The mains wiring ought to be in conformal colours, not to mention competently connected and sleeved. Goodness, they found some green/yellow wire for the signal common, why not swap it with the black stuff they used for mains earth....
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Old 31st Jul 2021, 11:33 pm   #2456
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"The AC filament gives it a very rich tube sound."

Hmmmmmmm....
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Old 1st Aug 2021, 1:44 am   #2457
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Seems we are wrong!!
Not ONE born every minute, more like ten born every minute.
Do they actually earn that much money?, or does the bank in fact own the cable?.

I have watched cables get really silly in price, AND am really amazed that some people are really sucked in by the rubbish spiel.

I use 3 different types of screened cable, varying in size and cost. They ALL screen very well in fact. Top to bottom:
standard cable, nice and thin for switches.
medium cable, its quite solidly made but very flexible, works OK for microphones.
idiot cable, works the same as the other two, UNLESS you connect it backwards, which results in a dead short.

In fact they are all very nice cables.
100 mtrs of small = $22.
100 mtrs of medium $42
50 mtrs idiot cable $79

Perhaps I am missing something?.

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I find it ever so slightly amusing that the power box for the 'Valve-powered active cable' seems to be wired up internally with crude, non-directional hook-up wire.

It's probably full of oxygen, too.

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Perhaps I am missing something?.
Definitely.

Your black cables are perfect for formal orchestral music (bow tie shaped cable supports advised), and also heavy metal and goth stuff.

The pink cable will take care of romantic music for you. Also girl bands.

What you are missing is snot green for punk, and blue for boy bands/sea shanties.

This hifi lark is quite easy once you start to get the hang of it. Brown must be for listening to classic Blaster Bates LPs.

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Old 1st Aug 2021, 1:09 pm   #2460
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Perhaps I am missing something?.
Definitely.

Your black cables are perfect for formal orchestral music (bow tie shaped cable supports advised), and also heavy metal and goth stuff.

The pink cable will take care of romantic music for you. Also girl bands.

What you are missing is snot green for punk, and blue for boy bands/sea shanties.

This hifi lark is quite easy once you start to get the hang of it. Brown must be for listening to classic Blaster Bates LPs.

David
But I like mod groups like The Who, I think a nice smart colour coordinated stripe would be in order.

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