Breaking-in electronics

For best performance, you should make sure to break in your cables. Otherwise, you may be getting substandard audio performance and transfer rates - I hear that breaking in your modem cable will let you get 64kbps out of a standard 56k modem!.


Comments (7)

  1. Peter Ibbotson says:

    I always point the audiophiles here:

    I used to work with doug many years ago and he’s one of the worlds top audio designers and has heard all the BS before. I always remember the load bang in the "room" next door as he plugged in an amp where someone had fitted the capacitors back to front in the PSU

  2. Paul says:

    Is this serious…

  3. Mike Dimmick says:

    I think the winking emoticon at the end of the post indicates that it’s not serious.

    In Hi-Fi audio circles (and especially in shops!), you often get people recommending 3in long interconnect cables made from silver-plated oxygen-free copper with gold-flashed connectors, marked up with ‘source’ and ‘amp’ ends. Of those, only the gold-flashed contacts have any effect, and that’s simply because gold doesn’t corrode – oxides of tin and silver conduct poorly. The length of the cable affects the resistance, but since it’s something like 0.01 ohm/metre, it’s hardly important.

    Even if this _had_ any effect, the modem-to-modem connection speed is largely governed by the mile or so of copper cable between your modem and the phone exchange, the quality of the AD converters in the exchange itself, and any loss/error correction characteristics in the fibre between the exchange and the ISP’s comms equipment. IIRC, even V92 can’t manage more than 31.2kbps modem-to-modem; V90 and later modem protocols require a digitally-connected comms rack at the ISP end (bypassing the D-to-A converters).

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