Advantages of full cable loom by one manufacturer?

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System changes are requiring the purchase of many new cables. Currently I have cables from a number of manufacturers. I’m wondering if there are any advantages to using the same manufacturer for the entire loom or if it’s best to mix & match to achieve the best ‘seasoning’ for component matching. Thanks!

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I think you already have the answer in your question. By mixing and matching you enter more a seasoning/adjusting mode. And with this you also can end with over-seasoned or  mis-seasoned. If you feel your components need additional help then this can be an approach (mellowing out zippy sound or zipping up mellow etc. etc. etc.). So cable = tone control here. But you eventually start taking away somewhere what you added in another place.

By running one consistent loom (and depending on manufacturer within one product line, not even across lines (and not mixing conductor materials)) you will end up with a uniform handling of your signal from start to finish. And with this you should end up with realizing the full potential of whatever cable you chose and a synergy throughout your system which a mix’n match approach never will deliver. I believe Roy Gregory demonstrated this at some shows with an entry level vs. mixed higher price Nordost loom.

And here also power cords and signal cables should be considered as one as the LS just transfer the modulated AC from your wall.

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Honestly I’m not sure whether I like the idea of using cables as seasoning/tone controls; I see that being problematic down the road as you start changing components. Meaning, you might find yourself changing cables with each component change. It seems like it would be better to have cables that were as neutral as possible to allow the components to impart their unadulterated sonic signature.

But hey, what do I know? I have limited experience mixing and matching cables with components, hence my question.

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Anybody know a good source of inductance, capacitance, resistance data for different cables?

I’d love to see.

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Hello Aaron,

very good point on the component change topic. If you tend to swap out lots of gear then you need an according arsenal of cables to complement.

The consistent cable loom could be a kind of stable platform to build on. Not sure if it only needs to be neutral though. There are other ideas of presentation which could also make sense.

Eventually not relevant in your case, but there are brands that seem to work very well with their own cables. Kondo being a case for this.

Sometimes shielding becomes more important (depending on your environment) so this can also be a consideration for cable choice.

Hello Anton,

not to my knowledge. Also one of the issues in high end. If there are any measurements at all it is never quoted how they were done. So even if there is data it is hard to really interpret these.

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