Forza AudioWorks Cables

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  1. Elnrik

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    I didn't see a thread for Forza cables, and I just received the Claire HPC Mk2 for my Eikon. I thought I'd put some thoughts up.

    First off, when I buy cables, it's because they have physical properties that I'm searching for - Length, comfort, flexibility, durability, style, etc. Yes, I believe cables can improve sound quality, but I take more of a cynical point of view: It is far more likely that a stock cable is absolute shit to begin with, and much less likely that exotic cables are providing dramatic improvements to the sound due to some special properties such as LN2 treatments, crystal metals, or some other combination of unicorn farts and dragon tears that give it magical properties. In fact, I've heard some cables that cost a ton, use those marketing lies, and straight up sound like a goat's sphincter.

    With that said, I chose the Claire cable as I wanted a flexible cable with quality connectors that was short and looked good. I also didn't want to spend a crap ton of cash. (Sorry Zach, your stock cables are fine, but they don't look great.)

    So far, I'm impressed. Build quality is good. The connectors are solid. It is flexible. Yes, it sounds good too. I like the ViaBlue 1/4" connector as it isn't this huge monstrosity sticking out of my Lyr 3 like the Neutrik plug on the stock cable. The mini XLR plugs for the headphones are great with a very easy to operate latch to disconnect them from the headphones. The heat shrink was done well. I think the braided cable looks very nice as well.

    All in all, I got exactly what I wanted. I'll make no claims as to audio quality, other than to say they had no adverse effect on sound, and all of the electrons are getting from the amp to my headphones just fine. I'd recommend these to others without hesitation.

    Thanks

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    Wait...no picture? :oops:
     
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    Fixed
     
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    Nice! My Forza cable has black sleeving but I think I like sleeve-less even better.
     
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    Probably the nicest looking cable at a reasonable price. Did you order this with the semi-transparent black insulation? Are there any microphonics when it rubs against your clothing or the edge of your desk?
     
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    Mine are on the way.

    I started by picking up a bunch of pigtail adapters of various grades, XLR into 1/4, 1/4 into mini jack, and so on. That stuff is always useful for auditions, meets etc and I never had any nice ones.

    I then spent around thirty minutes fondling them, and muttering "ooo" "soooft" and the like :oops: and ordered a bunch of stuff when I had the chance.

    Based on the adapters I got, the base "color" cable is totally worthy for anything midfi, plus its super super thin and light and really cheap to get in "wheeling around the office" lenghts, and the "copper"/"hybrid" tier I'd be comfortable using up to say, AFO tier cans.

    I picked up a "Hybrid" series for the Ori and a "Claire" for the Kennerton Vali, for example.
     
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    Yes, it is the semi-transparent black.

    No microphonics at all. Further, the xlr plugs are short, which means they don't touch my neck or shoulders whenever I move my head around. That is a nit I pick on some other cables I have.
     
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    I have the same cable but with different sleeving. It's really free from mechanical noise and it's very flexible. I agree, great cables.
     
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    One reason I didn't just build my own - I noticed that it is really rough trying to find good cable for the purpose of headphones without going into crazy pricing again. I've cut up Mogami and Cardas quad microphone cables before, but then you need to sleeve it to make it look good, which can add microphonics if you don't get some good paracord or other sleeving, it becomes a pain at the Y without some kind of splitter thing, they end up being less flexible, ... you get the idea.

    Plus I'm lazy, so I'd rather have someone else braid the cable and do the soldering. :cool:
     

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