Originally Posted by gottajam
Out of curiosity, do the cable "pants" (sheaths near the connectors) help reduce unwanted noise to any great extent?
I don't sell snake oil, so the answer is: I don't know. I have no way to test it and/or document it. Maybe they do, probably no difference.
What they do well is...look cool. Just like the TechFlex sheathing. The Blue Jeans Cable brand locking banana plugs are functional in that they do expand the tip into the bore on the speaker's binding post and secure it from falling out, ever. I also seal every transition point with heat shrink tubing. I have TechFlex in that "gunmetal gray" and in a cool, somewhat bright green. I can do other colors but have to get a couple extra bucks to buy the materials I don't have yet.
The cables I have made (only for me and my son to this point) are just good looking, secure and work at least as good as others that don't look as good but may cost the same or more. It costs me a little less than $30 in materials for a pair of 6ft or 2m cables, plus my time and the tools I've bought to do a quality job. It's more a favor for other enthusiasts, because I won't be buying a vacation home nor a pair of Raidho D3.1's with the little I might make. There will be no website, no e-commerce, no employees, no nothing. Just a pair of speaker wires and a guy who'll replace them or refund your money if you don't like them and send them back in the same condition you got them.
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