Originally posted by gdougherty Don't skimp on your cables when it comes time to hook everything up, 10-20% of your total cost is a good reference for interconnects. G
Originally posted by KikeG I'd say that type of recomendations is also marketing hype. The best interconnects should not cost more that a few $, using standard good cable from manufacturers such as Canare or Belden. This is the type of cable mostly used at recording studios. Everything above that is audiophile esoteric hype.
Originally posted by Pio2001 WHat would be interesting is comparing PC playback vs Hifi playback.There are three possibilities :PC analog playback with a soundcard. In this case, Big TRS plugs, if not CINCH are very useful. There's nothing to do with the crappy mini TRS jacks, there is always problems with one or both channels missing, or even the ground connector...PC playback with digital out, with an external DACStandalone player, with or without external DAC.
Originally posted by Annuka Speaker cables is another matter -- especially if they are long (4-7 meters) like mine are. I recomment using cat5 network cable (installation type with solid core). This cable is cheap as it is mass produced. Use two cables for bass and one for treble. But the twisting of the wires must be preserved, otherwise the cable sounds ghastly. Msg me for details if interested.
Originally posted by fewtch Enermax, Antec, or (REALLY the best) -- PC Power & Cooling.
Originally posted by JonPike Forgot to agree about the noisy PC being a problem for quiet listening..I'm about ready to build a serious "Quiet PC" to get away from the friggin' fan noise!!Hmmm.. maybe a new topic thread for someone to start "Lo Noise PC's"
Originally posted by Annuka PS: Stay away from AMD CPUs if you want a silent computer. They heats A LOT and requires huge expensive fans for cooling.
Originally posted by fewtch Uhhm, that's a bit of an exaggeration... especially considering the monster-sized heatsinks the latest P4's are using...The "classic" Athlons ran considerably hotter than the newer Athlon XP's, BTW. It's quite possible to set up a 'quiet PC' using an Athlon processor.
Originally posted by gdougherty It seems to me that even using all 4 pairs you might still lack a thick enough gauge to optimally carry the power. I can see though where the inherent noise rejection from the twists might come in handy over long runs. It would help reject RF interference that can be an issue in long runs. The downside is that especially as you start using longer runs of cable your gauge requirement increases to prevent attenuation of the signal.
Originally posted by gdougherty Better cables get you better conductors, better, more robust and longer lived shielding (shielding quality of various types degrades over time as the cable is bent and twisted) it gets you better connectors and better solder welds. I've had some cheaper studio cables come lose at the connectors in the past even though I don't abuse my cables. I'm not suggesting that you run out and buy the 0/pair "audiophile" type cabling, that I do find to be mostly hype, but I do like audioquest's entry level range that has good shielding and doesn't interfere much in the transfer of the signal. You can pick up decent cabling for per pair of stereo interconnects that should last the life of the system.
PS: Stay away from AMD CPUs if you want a silent computer. They heats A LOT and requires huge expensive fans for cooling.
I don't want to start an AMD vs. Intel war.
Originally posted by Annuka If someone has successfully silenced an Athlon system, please post and describe procedure, materials used and price.