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    Thumbs up Cables from Douglass Connection - YES!

    Greetings!
    I wanted to share my positive experience and product review of my recent purchase of custom interconnects from Forum member Heliopilotdoug. His company Douglas Connection made the cables for me. I was looking for a low capacitance, shielded interconnect to go between my phono Step Up Transformer (SUT) and my phono preamp. I emailed Doug the type of cable that I needed and he made a recommendation with several options. I went with Doug’s recommendation and he was the cables delivered to my door in less than a week! His communications were prompt, courteous and informative. Doug’s prices were also good and he offered a discount to Polk Forum members.

    The custom interconnects that I selected consisted of a Furez FZ162AA 16AWG Analog Audio Cable with Furutech FP-110 G PCOCC Central PIN RCA Connector. For more information about this cable look Here Doug recommended the Furutech locking RCA over my first choice which was Vampire. Doug sent me an email tease with several photos of the cables and the user brochure which was customized for me.

    I needed a short interconnect cable (0.5 M) to go between the Step Up Transformer (SUT) and my phono preamp. The SUT is needed as I use a very low output Moving Coil phono cartridge (Denon D-103R) which requires either a head amp or an SUT to boost the low output ( 0.25 mA) of the Denon MC cartridge to a level acceptable by my Audio Research PH3SE phono preamp. I have used both but I prefer the home brew SUT built by Forum member Analog97 (Larry). Larry’s SUT uses Cinemag transformer coils very similar to the product sold by Bob’s Devices (for more info look Here ) This new cable from Doug was going to replace a Signal Analog 1 cable that was just satisfactory. I knew that I could get better. Low capacitance and shielding was key to the cable that I wanted.

    My vinyl system

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    Audio Research PH3SE tube phono preamp
    Rogue 99 Super Magnum tube preamp
    Classe DR-25 solid state amp (250 wpc)
    Polk SDA SRS 2.3 speakers with numerous upgrades and modifications
    MIT Shotgun S1 interconnects and MIT S1 speaker cables

    Listening observations

    The build quality of the cable was very impressive comparable to other cables costing a lot more money. I put the cables in my system and noticed an immediate improvement right out of the box. The sound was more open as I was hearing some details in the music that I didn’t notice previously. The high frequency was clean and detailed but not fatiguing. The low end was also very good but maybe just a slight improvement of the Signal cables. The cables opened up a little more after some break in. The noticeable improvement as I mentioned was more clarity, clean but not fatiguing and a smoother presentation compared to the Signal cables. The performance, quality and customer service was outstanding! I highly recommend that you give Doug’s cables a try.

    Here are some photos:



    Carl

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    Cool Carl, glad your diggin' 'em. I've been meaning to give the man a call but my wallet has under gone major surgery as of late. Have you tried the Signal analog 2's ? Suppose to be a good step up from the 1's.

    Doug's a cool cat and his prices are very reasonable, anyone looking to move away from monoprice or monster and doesn't have a lot of coin to spend, Doug's your man.

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    Hi, Tony.

    You got any interest in the Karma I have posted?

    Hoping not to send those speakers to the dump...
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    Hey Tony!

    My Signal Cables might actually be the Analog 2's, I'm just not sure. I don't know if they are market or have some distinguishing feature like the color of the shrink??

    Doug's cables are real nice!! I recommend you give them a try.
    Carl

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    Quote Originally Posted by stretchl View Post
    Hi, Tony.

    You got any interest in the Karma I have posted?

    Hoping not to send those speakers to the dump...
    Nah man, I've got no use for 'em. Thanks for offering anyway.

    Now if you want to Karma a laptop....tablet....a case of wine, dude....I'm your guy.

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    Part those speakers out already.

    Doug's cables are as good as the man himself. They perform above their range and have a build quality that all companies strive for. You simply cannot go wrong with his cables, especially for the prices he sells for custom builds.
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    I do like a shielded phono IC! I ordered parts from Doug and made my own power cables. Great service and fast shipping! And a small discount for polkies IIRC.

    Carl's system rocks! Now I gotta go back and hear it again. You talked me into trying an SUT with the KSL phono switched to MM.
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    Good job on the review! All the details and even links.

    Thanks for taking the time to share!

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    Those look like nice cables & great review. I hope sometimes soon to upgrade all mine also. I will keep this thread in mind. Enjoy your new cables
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCompRacer View Post
    You talked me into trying an SUT with the KSL phono switched to MM.
    Hey Rich!

    I got the good from Larry tonight. I will be getting these into the mail tomorrow.
    Carl

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    Wow that's a SEXY looking cable!

    I like the 1 week turn around. I will need two custom RCA cables for my new car stereo install and I was looking for something to buy, I think I want these!

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    I keep on saying this, and I am so glad word is getting out there... Doug's cables will make a believer out of anyone that says cables don't matter. They are, dollar for dollar,easily the best made and best performing cables I have ever heard in my rig. I would put them in the same league as cables costing five times more.

    Best value for the audio cable dollar, and Doug is one of our own to boot.
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    Got a question guys. Depending on lengths. Are those fairly flexible ? Ive got different types of cords & ive got a couple that are stiff as heck & with some locations the system is in-it makes it hard to use them. I need to change out all my cords soon & those look like theyd fit the bill...
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    Quote Originally Posted by boston1450 View Post
    Got a question guys. Depending on lengths. Are those fairly flexible ? Ive got different types of cords & ive got a couple that are stiff as heck & with some locations the system is in-it makes it hard to use them. I need to change out all my cords soon & those look like theyd fit the bill...
    These cables are very flexible. This is the wire they are made with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by helipilotdoug View Post
    These cables are very flexible. This is the wire they are made with.
    Attachment 88810
    thank you Doug. That answers my question. I will be visiting your site now. I have alot of mismatch cables & it looks like crap. THANKS AGAIN-Randy
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    Quote Originally Posted by helipilotdoug View Post
    These cables are very flexible. This is the wire they are made with.
    Attachment 88810
    PM'd you Doug
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    Randy, you'll love these cables!
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    Attachment 88987I have to wait :( my daughter totaled her car so it just set me back on our savings. Adjustor looked at car Thursday & they wont fix it. So cords are on back burner for a little bit. She was showing off in her car--boyfriend was in his truck behind her getting off a highway ramp WAY TOO FAST. Wife & i are looking at vehicles today....happy she didnt get hurt-learning lesson that has giving me a headache just dealing with insurance & adjustor for a week now....i have asked her over n over to slow down while driving. Now she may have understood why.
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    I also contacted Doug about speaker cables which were way out of my monetary league.These cables look great ,the logo, set screws, heat shrink, and color coded collars are a nice touch and apparrently fill your needs to a tee. Enjoy them.

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