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  1. bryster

    bryster New Member

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    Recently purchased a pair of AKG 450s for portable use. I was wondering if I would see any improvement in sound by upgrading the stock cable?

    There are various offerings on eBay for a modest amount and I'm wondering if its worth taking a punt?
     
  2. dalethorn

    dalethorn Active Member

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    If the current cable is detachable then you could try it as a low-cost experiment, but if the new cable fits (they don't always) then you would very likely not hear a difference unless the new cable were one of those expensive "pure silver" types. If your current cable is not detachable then you certainly would not want to recable it. People who do recable their headphones usually require a pricy DAC and headphone amp to hear the improvement.
     
  3. RobinHiFi

    RobinHiFi Super Moderator

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    I agree with Dale on this. The better your whole set up the more obvious the difference a cable can make. If you are using a decent pair of headphones directly from a portable device with average quality files, changing the cable will make a much less noticeable difference to using lossless files from a really nice DAC through an amp chosen to work with your cans. Cabling is the last thing I would upgrade in the chain - first would be file quality, second would be an amp if needed, thirdly a DAC and then fourthly any interconnects and last the best quality cabling for your cans. It doesn't have to be done that way, that's just how I see it:)
     
  4. Danahifi

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    Any headphones and earphones are worth changing the original cables. If only you use occ copper or occ silver or occ silver&gold, the sound would be much better. The most important, is that you have to know what types of music you like, you have to choose the right materials.
     
  5. dalethorn

    dalethorn Active Member

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    For most people, myself included, changing a headphone cable that's not detachable could be expensive, including shipping back and forth, and repeating the process a second time if the first time isn't successful. If your cable isn't detachable, it's better to attend a few headphone "meets" where specialists can advise and perform the necessary surgery, once you're sure that you've made the correct choice.
     
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