New Monolith cables from Monoprice

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  1. AllanMarcus

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    Looks like Monoprice is also getting into the "high-end" cable business

    https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=18534

    Still quite reasonably priced at $15 (3'), $20 (6'), $25 (9') and $30 (12') by crazy audiophile standards. These prices are for a single cable (generally, you want two).
    • Patented Cable Technology
      • Two different solid OFC conductor gauges for best Bass and Midrange optimization
      • Flat OFC conductor for superior Midrange reproduction
      • OFC Spiral ribbon conductors provide maximum treble definition without harshness
    • Double Shielded for lowest noise without compromising sound quality
      • OFC copper braided shield
      • AL foil shield
    • Silver content solder joints
    • Precision machined die cast connectors for maximum durability
    • 24K Gold Plated RCA Connectors for best electrical contact
    • Low dielectric constant Polyethylene dielectric on each conductor
    Hittin' all the audiophile buzzwords up there! Ooo, "Silver content solder joints"! Bet that makes all the difference!

    [​IMG]

    Sort of interesting. I generally use mono price "premium" cables, but now there are double premium!

    Price comparison for 6' cable:
    Monoprice premium: $3.70 (effectively for two cables, so for comparison, $1.85 person connection)
    Monolith: $20 (each. $32 per pair) - volume discount start at qty: 2
    Blue Jeans (w/techflex): $47-$53 (per pair)
    Moon-Audio BD V1: $350-$600 (per pair)

    Note: Might be cheaper on Amazon!
    6' was $18.48 with free shipping last time I checked.
    https://www.amazon.com/Monoprice-Monolith-6ft-RCA-Cable/dp/B06XS64FPX
     
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    Those look identical to the Ethereal cables that were available on Accessories4less for the longest time. Same description. Still have the digital coax cables available. ETHEREAL-EXS-A4 is the old model number, but they aren't available to buy anywhere. Possibly just ordered them from the same OEM?
     
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    I wonder if the connectors are the same level of connection stiffness as the monoprice premium, which tend to require a bit too much pressure to plug in.
     
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    Info on the Ethereal cable:

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    Different tips. I'd prefer the ethereal tips I think.
     
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    Is that the price for L& R or just one (channel) cable? Says single cable, but not sure. I'll order em and report back.
     
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    The prices above are for a single cable. I will update.
     
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    I'm going to give these a try.
     
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    I can't seem to find the "flat OFC conductor for superior midrange reproduction" Oh maybe the round looking thing at conductor 2 or 3 is it.

    And no electrical specs at all, hmm.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Bought a pair of these. I'm not a big cable proponent and they usually don't make that much of a difference to me. But I needed to run a 3rd amp out of the Gumby. Testing the single ended monoprice monolith vs. balanced cables was actually shocked, they sounded the same . My First thought, this has to be crap. Swapped out monoprice fancy cable for their regular cheapy cable.. yup, I could make out the difference. Also tried Genaudio chifi cable and though these seemed to be made very well, they sounded the same as the generic monoprice cable. Tried a few other cables with same result. Would I recommend these? Sure, they're a good moderately priced alternative to what's out there.
     
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    When you say "regular cheap cable" Are you talking about their extremely basic cable:

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    Or their slightly more expensive "premium" cable?

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    Well they got silver solder, but how about actual silver stands instead of copper. Would love for monoprice to try their hand in pure silver cables & give a honest price to them.
     
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    Premium cable
     
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    15% off mono price today. Works on the Monolith cables too

    promo code: MOTHERS15
     
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    While I appreciate the comments from @neogeosnk , has anyone else tried these cables?

    What the hell. I need some 3' cables. They are $12.99/ea when purchasing 2. There is a $5 off $25 promo, and free shipping. $20.98 for two! Order placed.

    Obviously I will not be able to blind test these, but I'll give it a shot. I generally cannot hear subtle differences in things like amp, DAC, and certainly not cables, so it will be interesting if I can hear a difference.

    What's interesting to me is that if these (or any) cables can alter (or transmit better) the FR of the signal, that should be measurable.

    I also ready an article (sorry, no link) that discussed the virtues of the RCA phono plug. It turns out the jack/plug combination is self cleaning, so when you unplug, the better scraps and cleans itself. This guy recommended unplugging gear an plugging in a few times every so often to clean the stuff that can accumulate on the plugs, thus reducing the connection. Using doexit, I've heard, also helps. At any rate, the article postulates that if your RCA cables have been plugged for more than 6 months, then you pull them and replace them with new cables, you might be hearing a clean physical connection between the club and jack, and not any benefit from the cable.

    So to truly test, clean everything first, then test between cables.
     
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    What's your verdict?
     
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    Rub some dirt on the new cables before the blind test.
     
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    I'll bite, one of my Cable Builders also alluded to something similar what he's found is the application of deoxit gold contact cleaner & rejuvenator to make a difference, he apparently applies a little of it after he's finished building what ever connector he's wiring up. An what makes the difference for him in sound is the quality of the physical connection between the Cable and the Jack it's plugged into. Obviously this is along the lines of "snake oil" an I've no idea if it's based in reality or not as he feels that the materials don't make a difference but having a cleaner connection does, but I also wonder if you can measure a difference between a physically "clean" and dirty connection

    An what's better? Using friction to clean the Physical Connection between the club and jacket or a liquid
     
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    Still waiting for the cables to arrive.

    update: scheduled to arrive tomorrow. I will test this weekend.

    Probably both.
     
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    Well, my cables came. They are very nice, physically. Very well built and flexible. I think the plugs hold better than the premiums. The premiums plugs can pull out too easily, and if I am playing with wire, the premium's pull out too easily when I don't want them too. I might just use some pliers and crimp them a little.

    Can I hear a difference between the Monolith's and the Premiums? no. Does this mean others can't hear a difference? Nope. It just mean I could not.

    Will I buy more either premium or Monolith? Nope. I will just make them using Mogami w2965 and Rean NYS373 plugs and little heat shrink. The cost will be somewhere between the two monoprice cables. and will be "Mogami Gold" quality.
     

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