Does it require a burn-in?
from new it does take considerable time for break-in. and neither of my LFD phono cables are yet fully run in.
I've often heard that the micovolt signal of LOMC - for example the 0.3mV of your Etsuro Gold - can never fully burn-in a phono cable. I don't claim to understand the burn-in process but have experienced the small positive result of doing so to the new Kondo wire in my 4Point and other wires. What are your thoughts on this wrt to your LFD phono cable?
Mike, Wonderful to follow you in your analogue journey. I’m a big fan of giving a power cord or even a phono cable/tonearm cable some burn-in with the Audiodharma. I have the tonearm do-dad as well and feel it was money well spent. Have employed it on my SME V with silver Kondo wire and the Reed P3-12 with its single run lead. Though checking that with the manufacturer wouldn’t be a bad idea as some believe it can go too far. It has taken significant wear and tear out of cutting to the chase when reliable folks start quoting hundreds of hours to final settling in.i own a phono cable specific break-in do-dad (which i might have lent out at some point.....have not looked for it), as well as an Audiodharma Cable Cooker which can be used for phono cable break-in.
but really; these cables, even though they are still breaking in, just sound so good that i'm just riding along enjoying the process. i guess i'm just not enough of a scientist right now to do that. and Mik did not mention that i should. for a regular interconnect, or speaker cable, or power cord, in the past i have used the Audiodharma mostly. but it's been years since i added a cable.
Yes Jeffy they doDo they make the LFD cables with rca connecters at both ends? I would use them from my STU to the EMIA phono and then phono to my preamp. Would this make a difference? My tonearm wire is direct from head shell to the other end terminated rca's.
but really; these cables, even though they are still breaking in, just sound so good that i'm just riding along enjoying the process.
Chop,I thought I’d post again with an update on my experiences with the new custom LFD cable I ordered from Mik in the UK and spoke about on post #71 & 77. I now have about 60 hours on it so its settled down a lot and continues to get better.
Cutting to the chase, this investment in the system has been a huge success and is a game changer for me. There is a huge sense of ease and naturalness, but still with greatly improved dynamics and sound staging without losing weight, which was totally unexpected. I think I understand why – there is far less grain to the sound, a problem I didn’t recognise and couldn’t articulate let alone see how to fix until Mik explained it
I have leaned on his advice here. When I was exploring the idea of a custom arm cable he spoke to me a lot about “grain” in systems holding them back. I’ll confess the idea of “Grain” in particular hasn't been on my horizon until now. I hadn’t come across this concept before and this confused the hell out of me. The new arm cable means I now think I get what he means, though it's hard to put into words what it means to me.
Reducing grain has brought a calmness and stillness to recordings, and instruments within recordings, which allows the attributes I like to shine through. It's not about dropping the back of the arm down to increase W, it's not about angling the speakers in a bit to improve X at the expense of Y, it's not about tweaking the azimuth to improve Z. It's about allowing us to hear the gestalt of what's on the record unimpeded by hash which allows realism to shine through. In fact, it's like a good ultrasonic cleaning regime on steroids. All that from “just” an arm cable”?? In my experience this cable is definitely performing as a component.
I’m interested in this topic now and have some further thoughts on it, but I might start a separate thread on grain and see what others think. Bottom line, LFD custom arm cable definitely worth every penny as a system upgrade.
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