Where do I get good cables?
And no I don’t mean for audio quality reasons (because that is snake oil). I’m looking for well-made cables with the features I like. There are so many lists about DACs, AMPs, Headphones but I don’t see much about cables.
so firstly the headphones I want to outfit are the OLLO S4R.
Here is a scheme of the cable that comes with the box (not an actual photo of the cable):
I measured them and color-coded the connectors in the scheme. It is stereo 3.5mm to dual stereo 2.5mm but they are wired like mono plugs where the left channel goes to the tip of one 2.5mm plug and the right channel goes to the tip of the other 2.5mm plug. Grounds go to the ground but the other channel of the 2.5mm plugs is not wired to anything. So I guess 2.5mm mono plugs would work with them too?
Now for more personal preferences.
I would like the cable to be 1.5m long. Most cables are 1.2m or 3m+
1.2m is too short. It doesn’t allow me to lean back in my chair and 3m means I have cable salad on my lap or desk.
For the sleeving, I quite like the one that is on these cables.
I’m not sure how exactly it is called since the product description on amazon is quite bad and I feel like anything with cable is just labeled “nylon” by now. The sleeving was very smooth and soft to the touch. It is woven and on the picture, it looks much rougher than it actually felt. It felt kind of like velvet or fabric. The cable was also very flexible. I hate the cables that come with the headphones because they are with a rubber coating and once it bends into a shape it stays that way. I would like my cable to act like a string, not like a metal wire.
A problem that I ran into with other cables like these
is that the sleeve is rather rough. The sleeve is made out of harder and bigger woven nylon strands. In itself, it would not be that much of a problem for me but because of the rough surface, they scratch over surfaces. When moving over my wooden table it sounds like a saw on wood in my headphones.
Searching for custom cables they often are rather expensive and lean towards snake oil. A cable should cost around 50 max in my opinion. Any more is unnecessary snake oil.
Are there any brands that sell premade cables like these that you can recommend?
Or are there any stores that you can recommend for custom cables that offer options for my preferences?