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RE the Belden 3079A

It depends on whether or not you feel that the solid core conductors are an overriding concern, versus the overall materials quality issues.

The Belden 3079A has a flame retardant foamed PE insulation, this is not going be of the same quality level as the foamed FEP teflon insulation in the 89259. Even straight PE is not that superior, but adding in a flame retardant DOES further degrade dielectric performance.

Some people swear by solid core conductors, but it must be kept in mind that both the center wire of the Belden 89259 and the braid use small gauge wires, in the case of the braid, VERY small wires, and the working mechanism that would provide the theoretical advantage of a solid core versus stranded is just not present at all on the shield, and is present on the 22 Ga. center wire to a very limited degree.

I have listened to cables similar to the Belden 3079A, and they typically do not have enough other advantages over the 89259 to sound overall superior sonically. Some aspects change, obviously, but there is the whole sonic picture to be looked at, not just one isolated aspect that is of a very mild nature for the most part.

Jon Risch


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