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RE: Advice Sought for Balanced Bulk Interconnect Long Runs

Hi Mel,

If you are familiar with the sonic signature of solid core pure silver wire, the Connex (DH Labs) BL-Ag sounds very good for the price. While it does not present the warmer sonic signature of pure copper wire, it's not necessary bright sounding from a treble standpoint, other than a notably energetic treble, which might be considered as bright sounding if a more subdued treble energy is preferred. But rather, the overall tonality is substantially more vivid, with a bolder presence than what is typical vs. solid core copper wire, not to mention the denser-sounding fullness of stranded copper wire. I can't predict how a rather long-length 22 foot run might sound, but such vividness might be an advantage in comparison with a stranded copper interconnect cable unless a more laid back tonality is preferred. However, I don't know what the the actual capacitance per foot might be, which is an important factor for long interconnect cable runs.

The Wireworld Oasis 6 is the most interesting option that you mentioned since the design is an unshielded 4-conductor cable (self-shielding), but I don't know what the the actual capacitance per foot might be. A safe bet for such a long-length run based on a lower-budget level might be to stay with the Mogami 2549 since it is designed for long-length runs and re-terminate the cables with audiophile-quality XLR connectors which can make a great impact on performance. I'll offer advice about XLR connector options if you describe what you might seek for your DIY XLR interconnect cable project.

Cheers, Duster


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