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In the Thread: The last phonocorrector: “End of Life" Phonostage
Post Subject: 95%?Posted by Paul S on: 4/2/2013
But why would you consider brass connectors because of 95% of boutique RCA if the idea is to wind up with the best signal path?

Probably, you will not use continuous wire from the cartridge coil, and you will probably not solder but use some sort of clip to transition from cartridge pins to the arm wire.  I suppose we are stuck with brass cartridge pins, but make the inevitable connectors you have control over to be good conductors.  I wish someone would make really good cartridge clips!  I use Cardas (I think); but I am hardly "sold" on them!  Hell, they might be brass! But other, "folded" clips used to loosen and sound "sooty" over time!  So I guess ease of use and consistency trump possibly better sound!

Since shielding seems like a bad idea for arm wire, how far can you go from the cartridge with no shield or connector?  Where is the SUT in relation to the cartridge?  Where is the SUT in relation to the RIAA, etc?  At what point do you transition to shielded cable, and how does this happen?  Will the better conduction and "surround shielding" of "premium", low-mass RCA connectors trump the still lower mass of tiny brass connectors?  I do know people who use only cheap old Radio Shack RCA connectors because they have the least mass.  But I should also add that there is nothing remarkable about the sound of their systems that makes me especially curious to go this route, myself.  I can say that I am very un-cautious about all of this stuff during "development" of drivers and X/Os, for instance; I do regard it as "fine tiuning".

The fatter, stiffer and heavier you make that shielded cable, the more of a hassle it will be to deal with...

As for the thicker PTFE/wider spacing between conductors and shielding, perhaps Bud P is reading along, will share some thoughts?

Best regards,
Paul S

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