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Does anyone know of a reasonably-priced IC with as low or lower capacitance than the Nordost Solar Wind? They have a rating of 7.6 pF per foot. I have a passive preamp and need low capacitance interconnects. One of my Solar Winds just bit the dust.
How in damnation did that happen??? It's only a wire! R U sure it's not a matter of resoldering a connector or something?
the RCA plug is in two parts, as you know. The pin that screws onto the wire came unscrewed and pulling the cable off a very stubborn female RCA plug caused the wire to pull off. Know anyone who repairs cables? Does Nordost?
I have made two sets of Chris VH's diy silver IC's, one set balanced and one set single-ended. Both sets improved my listening greatly. The balanced set runs 10.5 feet. This is a run I tried a bunch of different cables on. Lower capacitance always sounded better than higher, I noticed. This set I made sounded better than anything I tried. It was also the lowest in capacitance.
Where can I find the recipe for that, and what silver wire did you use.
I just made some belden 89207 5m pair which sounds nice, but I am tempted to try some silver.
See the link below for ChrisVH's recipe.
I've made them using 32ga Teflon-insulated fine silver wire sourced from A-M Systems and using Chris' cryo'ed cotton-insulated silver. I prefer Chris' cotton/silver wire to A-M Systems' Teflon-coated silver.
There's a link to both sources in his recipe page.
Note that using the teflon tube Chris mentions in the recipe makes for a fairly stiff interconnect. You may wish to use a more flexible core material, like ePFTE tubing or EPDM sponge cord. I do no have a source for either of those, but google should turn up something.
Also in the FWIW department, I construct a variant of this recipe using Chris' cotton/silver wire around a loosely woven cotton core, then wrapped in cotton gauze, and covered with Teflon TechFlex. The dielectric is most cotton & air. The sound (with the right RCAs) is gorgeous - liquid, detailed, full, and powerful.
As a matter of fact, the ICs I used to replace the Nordosts with are a pair of Chris's, using copper wire.
since the Nordosts are broken, but the DIY don't seem quite as good, though there isn't a dramatic difference. That in itself says quite a bit. When I get the Nordosts back in service, there will have to be a shootout.
Thanks for the info, I will surely look into that, DIY is no problem for me, but a 5m pair is a bit of work plus the silver cost. So I am tring to check all the silver options out before taking the plunge.
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