Good headphone extension cable....

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  1. murphythecat

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    hey everyone, well my hd800 cable is almost dead. one side constantly cuts off when i move or make a movement.
    I have a cardas hd800 cable, but its only 1m long. so I just need a headphone extension cable to pair with the 1m cardas cable.

    anyone have some suggestion for a audiophile extension headphone cable

    thanks!
     
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    Why not have the problematic connector repaired or reterminated?
     
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    Grado's 15ft extension cable can be found on Amazon for $40 and free shipping. It's sturdy I've had mine 15+ years.
     
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    Ditto on the Grado, mines also quite old,no sonic degradation and no microphonics.
     
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    I bought a Mogami one to burn an Adorama gift card a few years ago, I'd heard Mogami's lifetime warranty was pretty good (even allowing for in store replacements at Guitar Center etc.), luckily I've not had to use the warranty and I do roll it out to my Poang chair a few times a week. I don't think it's any cheaper than the Grado one already mentioned for a similar or lesser length tho.
     
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    HD800 cables don't fail at the connector. The outer insulation fails above the Y split, and then the inner insulation fails, and then the coax conductors short to each other.

    It can be fixed -- for some definition of the word "fixed" -- by peeling more of that crappy outer insulation away, gently untwisting the cable so the outer wires open up and separate from the inner, and then wrapping the inner conductor with insulating tape.

    Finish with heat-shrink tubing around the outer wires (you may need 3:1 tubing to clear the connector). Or hell, just wrap it with more tape.

    The repair will be ugly and stiff, and probably short-lived. But it will last long enough for your replacement cable to be built and shipped.
     
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    yep, its not the connector that has failed, but the upper part like fastfwd describe.

    Ordered the grado 15 feet extension cable. im a bit pissed at senheiser for asking 200$ for their kbl hd800. the hd650 cable they sell for 30$.

    I think the cardas sound a bit better then the original cable, I hope the grado extension wont muck things up

    thanks everyone
     
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    You can also get an extension built by someone like Blue Jeans cables FWIW, their pricing seems closer to the pre-made Mogami I mentioned before rather than to the Grado, but there's some value in being able to select the exact length you want rather than choosing between 10/15/25 feet. Just make sure you select 1/4" male and female terminations:

    https://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/audio/MSA1.htm

    Edit: Oops, you posted as I wrote that, I'll leave it up in case it's useful for anyone else tho.
     
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    hd800 cable. is there any truth from what I read about the stock cable having silver in the signal path?

    I think I can right away say that the Cardas cross cable seem warmer then the stock cable. maybe all in my head
     
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    I think it's silver platted copper. I've put HD650 connectors on my old HD800 cable. Midrange is cooler and sound lacks any moisture. In a way it would be a nice change of pace if it wasn't for the splashy top end and poor low end punch.
     
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    In most cases I can agree with this.
     
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