Well there has always been one company that has stood out to me as having some of the most well received and incredible looking cables on the market. That company is Labkable and they have a line up that is so complete and customisable that I think you would really struggle to not find something that is to your taste. I found plenty and this is the first part of a three part feature of the Labkable custom earphone cables I am currently using.
Now I am not one that is going to rant and rave about the sound properties of different cables. I have in the past done some an testing on cables and have had mixed results. Sometimes I think I hear a difference most other times not. The issue I have when an testing on blind tests with customs is the amount of time it takes to switch cables on one set of 2 pin custom monitors. By the time I have them back in my ears I am unsure what i am hearing is real or perceived. Therefore I am simply going to talk about the design cues, the build and the cables use in practice along with the service provided from Labkable cable company itself.
The Takumi cable is based on the principal and balance, removing imperfections and using the highest grade materials. Featuring a mix of gold-silver, silver-alloy and copper the company the cable is the subjected to a burnin process called HQT 100 which is said to greatly reduce the time to burn the cable from new (again subjective). Leading out from the jack point (of which I chose a chrome 3.5mm Oyaide unit) there is a stunning flat Octo braided cable. The split point (Y-Split) is protected with a slice of heat shrunk clear cable with the Labkable logo embedded inside. The cable cinch is beautiful and really adds to the overall premium feel of the design. Its a small dark wooden piece that slides up and down the 2 quad braid cables that head into the left and right channels and it works very well. Finally there is the connectors and Labkable are able to supply you with one in every form you might wish, my unit comes with a dual pin of course to fit with my own custom units but you can get shure, westone etc.
Of course cables are always going to be a sticky point in high end audio, you will always see more of an upgrade from upgrading the earphones and source components as a matter. People who will be looking at a cable like this are going to be the true diehards of the headphone hobby and when you have maxed out in all the other areas why not treat yourself to something as beautiful as this to finish off your setup. In the flesh the Takumi cable from Labkable is both a joy to behold as well as to use. Its extremely durable, well finished and very very cool looking. With all that said its time to go listen to some music on them.