Dog Ears?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by midnightlaundry, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. midnightlaundry

    midnightlaundry Member

    May 18, 2006
    I have a set of cables that I've been using to connect my gear together. I've been using them for at least 10 years. The plugs are dull in finish at this point, but otherwise they've been solid. But while I was messing around trying different things, I grabbed my new cables that had shinny plugs, and to my surprise, there was a big difference in highend response, and clarity. I wasn't looking to hear a difference. It just made itself know on it's own. I even A/B'ed them to check, and the result was the same.

    This must affect tube sockets and pins that are dull and tarnished over time as well.

    I'd hate to throw away seemingly good cables, but tone is tone. I'll need to pickup a bore brush, and scrub out my jacks too.
  2. Timbre Wolf

    Timbre Wolf GoldMember Supporter Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2005
    Berkeley, CA
    It might be that you're hearing the differences in construction of the cables, and that the change is not due to wear at all. Either way, I believe you about the obvious differences cables can make - it doesn't necessarily take dog ears to hear that.

    - Thom

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