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In Reply to: RE: Looks like trouble in paradise posted by Basslines on January 24, 2017 at 16:46:13
It is hard to justify the name "Pure Silver Harmony" for a model that is silver-plated. I had not heard those reports so thanks for sharing.
My only experience with the KLEI plugs is with the basic Harmony model which is clearly copper and the Absolute which I understood to have high-purity all-silver contacts. Regardless of what materials the plugs are made of, the Absolute is a pretty decent sounding RCA plug. It has very good detail and dynamics. My only quarrel with it, and the reason I no longer use it, is that it softens the leading edges of transients. The bass especially is too soft sounding to my ears. The Copper Harmony has the same colorations but to a much greater degree.
I still think that for the price the KLEI plugs are a bargain for the sound quality.
remove the plastic sleeves and damp the connectors right where they mount to the female rca with small pieces of EARSD40AL constrained layer damping material. Way, way better sound. Simply magical. Stock they are OK.
Ric, any chance you can include a photo of what you mean or a link to where you may have shown it elsewhere?
I am trying to imagine where you are applying the damping material but not sure I am getting it.
> remove the plastic sleeves and damp the connectors right where they mount to the female rca with small pieces of EARSD40AL constrained layer damping material.
I am not understanding your description. Can you please clarify?
My interpretation of your statement is to unscrew the plastic covering around the inner part of the KLE connector, stuff small pieces of the EAR SD40AL inside, and screw the plastic covering back on?
I don't have the KLE connector in front of me, but is there enough space inside to fit the damping material?
BTW, the damping material (EAR SD40AL) can be bought from Michael Percy Audio.
Where can you purchase this damping material?
What are you using now?
For my DIY cables, I have several options for RCA plugs: WBT 0102 Ag, 1877 Phono ZSP4, Switchcraft and KLE Absolutes. However, I hardly ever use these since my DIY cables don't sound as good as the commercial cables I have available---Audio Note AN-Vx, Ocellia Silver Reference, and Wireworld Eclipse II.
I have been looking the 1877's. They look very good for the money. Of course the witchcraft are so inexpensive, why not give them a try?
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