Not sure if the connection to the RCA jack is loose, or if there is something loose inside of the plug, but both interconnect cables now don't work. I swapped in a set of Audio Note interconnects from another system and everything works again, but still will change both sets; maybe the Discovery interconnects.
My problem is I don't want to start chasing interconnects, just want a decent one that doesn't hurt the signal or sound.
@fundsgon i’ve been using Chris Sommovigo’s interconnects and speaker cables for years, first it was Stereovox Colibry (with his own Xhadow RCA) and later Stereolab Master Reference Phono (with his own LoveCraft RCA) which is the best interconnect i’ve ever heard, but they are expensive. I've bought mine as a demo (used). Chris has moved from USA to Japan, very nice guy to deal with, always helpful.
Now when i need nice and budget phono interconnects for multiply tonearms i’m gonna buy ( Signal Cable Silver Resolution Reference from Frank in NY. That’s what was recommended by a’gon members (thanks to Don and Nandric). Frank is also a’gon member, for me it was easier to reach him via a’gon direct messages. His cables are reasonably priced, i’m looking forward to buy from him. This is his a’gon nickname: frank9740
I have a classic 1 ,low output benz ,
This is jmho i ran some blue jeans for a minute,the sound was ok .
I switched out my acoustic zen reference 2 one day for fun ,the change was not subtle .The soundstage opened up and my low end just cleaned up alot.I run all az cables now,and have done blind swaps with numerious freinds, its substantial .The ref 2 all all silver so they have there own sound vs copper etc.I bought all my interconnect used here ,a set of ref 2 1meter average around 325.00 used (700 retail or so). I just shortened some of my interconnect to .5 and .75 meter and may sell some of my az cables that are 1m and my dig mc2 .This is NOT an add lol if you are be interested pm me ..No affiliation to az other then a fan
In the days back the external turntable interconnects came with ground wire bonded as one stereo cable with 2 RCA ends at each end. The signal wires there are 26AWG or thinner. That is to say that dedicated wires for turntable with fine gauge should work. Having another set of VPI wires will be most reasonable.
@fundsgon For the love of everything aurally holy grab some Audioquest Colorados at music direct. They are 60% off!! I took advantage of the sale and have my entire system wired with them now! They have .5m. 1m. and 1.5 m. lengths available. I have a VPI Scout, with a Dynavector DV20X2, using a 1m. pair into my phono pre and then a .5m. pair into my line stage. Clean, clear and dynamic. A truly rare opportunity to "steal" some fine cables on an amazing closeout sale.
I have a VPI Classic 3 Sig. SE. Here is my cable history with this tt so far:
Blue Jeans (not revealing enough)
VPI (introduced hum in my system, returned it for refund)
Grover Huffman phono (about a 5 year old cable, sounded decent)
Morrow Audio PH-6 ( too forward or bright with this tt)
Bob's Devices mid level cable (sounded VERY good)
Anti Cable 6.2 cryo'd ( beat the Bob's by a hair) I'm currently using these.
In my system, the Bob's is the better value. From my memory, BJC, Bob's, A-C are the lowest in capacitance.
This guy did a nice job for me. I asked for 24g conductor (thinner wire is better for tiny phono signals I’m told and it lowered the cost) DIN plug, custom length, etc. He did it all. Nice improvement on an Alexandria with a Denon DL-301. They don’t look anything like the picture. Turnaround time is a few weeks, for me just under 2.
I’ve also read articles extolling the virtues of DIY cables made with CAT5. I may try that; but not on a turntable.
Just got through with this particular quest...
I have a new VPI Prime with an Ortofon 2M Black .
I was never one who was much for the cable thing .
I had a Bluejeans Cable LC-1 standatd IC , which I had been using all along on my tt's .
I began reading up on cables that would maybe be more appropriate for my new tt . I found a few articles claiming that due to the very small voltage going through the cable to the phonostage , it would be better to run smaller diameter wire in this particular cable . I then found tonearm/phono cables listed separately from regular IC's at some cable company sites . It made sense , so I gave The Cable Company a call and rented two 'phono' cables that they had recommended . OH MY !!!
What a vast improvement . This is what I was looking for when I upgraded my tt . Both of the rented cables provided me with biggest improvement of any upgrade that I have ever done ! A simple cable , just a few pieces of wire , what could be the big deal ? Well I am a believer now !
Give John a call at The Cable Company and ask for his suggestion on what brands to try out . The one that I chose to purchase was less than $500 for a used cable . He cooks all of his cables before the sale . I also read that the cable in this particular location never really gets broken in through use , again , because of the tiny voltage passing through it .
Just my opinion .