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Old 03-03-2014, 12:25 PM
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Does anyone know of anywhere you can buy one of these? I already have Fiio ones but still find the 5-10cm too long. I'm not skillful enough to really make my own (not have the tools), I just want a 2-3cm right angle each side to go from player to amp.
Someone must make them for sale somewhere?

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Old 03-03-2014, 12:59 PM
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I know the headstage arrow amps come with them but I don't know where to buy them.
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Old 03-03-2014, 05:35 PM
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I found this;

http://www.ibasso.com/en/products/show.asp?ID=54

Thoughts?
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:21 PM
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That's very expensive for what it is.

Search for a FiiO L8, or do a reverse image search on one to find a no-name version even cheaper.

Cables all pretty much sound the same.

Edit: Sorry, in between reading your first post and looking around the web, I forgot you said you already had the FiiO one.

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Old 03-03-2014, 06:30 PM
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haha that was the cheap one I found, check this 169quid version hehehe

http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/alo-...odid-4282.html

I already have a fiio L8, was after something even shorter O.o

EDIT: Time to pay WalkGood to make one for me xD
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:36 PM
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That's still awfully long, not to mention pricey.
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:43 PM
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Believe it or not ibasso for $32 is the cheapest I found. I would also prefer right angle I think...
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:32 PM
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This thread may be helpful:
http://anythingbutipod.com/forum/showthread.php?t=37443
They do look pretty easy to make.
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Yeh, but the cost of glue gun, soldering iron... and effort... $32 is maybe less painful lol..
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You don't want to go full-on crazy audiophile, like this?

http://www.aloaudio.com/cables/porta...e-mini-to-mini
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:55 PM
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Well, it is pretty. Not $79.00 pretty, though.
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:27 PM
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ibasso at $32 is still the cheapest..

I might buy the soldering iron, glue gun and be done with it...

EDIT: I mean what kinda father doesn't have a soldering iron...
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Not seeing where you see the need for a glue gun. All you really need to get started is a soldering iron, solder and flux. A kit like this one is enough to get you started. Add on a helping hand like this one and there's not much in basic soldering you can't get done.

I'm guessing you're thinking you need a glue gun because using hot melt is mentioned in some of the posts in the linked thread. Most of the covering that you see is really heat shrink tubing. It takes patience and a steady hand to shrink it on with a soldering iron held close but not touching but it can be done.

The reason the makers of the small interconnects you want get away with the exorbitant pricing is they know most people that want them are tech challenged. With the abilities of today's standard digital players and headphones they figure if someone is using an amp the end user isn't very knowledgeable on how to properly pair their headphones and sources. It's actually pretty rare that a amp is a need instead of preference. That puts them in the boutique vs utility buying class.

Also working that small and having the results come out picture perfect isn't easy. The people that are buying them place a high value on how pretty they are vs. if they "just work". The materials are fairly cheap but to have each one look good enough to be a candidate for one of the "rig" threads takes time.
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Thanx skip, will look into that. I just want to pair my digizoid z02 amp with my rockboxed fuze+ (currently deciding between a 128gb sd card purchase vs 64gb...)
A small interconnect would look nice
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If u have a long 3.5mm male to male cable, what's stopping u from cutting the cable in the middle, removing a section to desired length, than stitching back together (and using electrical tape etc to cover the join)? Is it just too fiddly?
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If u have a long 3.5mm male to male cable, what's stopping u from cutting the cable in the middle, removing a section to desired length, than stitching back together (and using electrical tape etc to cover the join)? Is it just too fiddly?
Can be fiddly, I've got no problems with non-signal cables. Do all my own car stereo harness work, but leave the signal cables to the machines. I've tried to adapt a few things, but it's hard to tell what you're going to get until you cut it open, and normally it's quite fragile.
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How about this



http://www.amazon.com/Cable-Stereo-R...mm+audio+cable
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:51 AM
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That's the Fiio one i already have, dammit i want shorter lol.
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Shorter, you say? How about this:



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I think you've let learning a relatively simple new skill grow to a much larger issue than what it needs to be. The tools needed are dead cheap and it's no big deal if the first few you try aren't perfect. All isn't lost if you don't go nuts and over heat the connectors beyond usability. Over heating to that point happens fairly easily on circuit boards or near small headphone drivers. It's not a big deal with the relatively large parts involved with headphone plugs and cables.

Soldering isn't a one shot deal like using adhesives. You just reheat the connectors and desolder them. Clean the connector, trim the cable and try again. After a few attempts you'll be making clean, strong joints and have the knowledge to fix with little effort any number of things most people throw away.
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