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I'm getting an an Audio-Technica ATH M50 soon, the headphone comes in two versions, one with a coiled cable and the other one with a straight cable, my problem is i need the straight one but it's like £30 more than the coiled version everywhere i've checked With the cheaper coiled version i'll have to use an audio extension cable (not long really, less than a metre), i'm just wondering if this will degrade quality??
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dont think it should be a big problem so long as you use a decent extension cable

this link talks about it
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some can, some wont, depending on the quality of the cable extension.

I used to avoid them whenever i was doing video work because the ones i had would give me a stutter and a bad colour balance, so i wouldnt use them on audio personally
    
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Like that link says, it probably does, but its not a noticeable one. I've used my freinds M50's with an extension from his old Shure earphone, I couldnt hear a difference with it connected or not. Its only something to really worry about over a long distance, or with high end gear
    
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Like said above it really depends on the cable extension. If you are daring, you could just mod your M50s, and replace the cable with some higher quality cable altogether and get the length you want. Cables can make a difference in sound depending on how you really view it.
A quality extension is fine though.
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post #6 of 7
Isn't an extension cable just a jack with a connector at the other end? you plug the headphones into the jack causing contact between two bits of the same material and end up with a longer wire.

unless you've managed to damage the jack or the connector to make htem not fit properly there is no reason for it not to give the same quality, if you've damaged one of them though then that'll likely reduce quality a lot depending on how much (if there's no metal-metal connection and the signal has the jump through air then i'd think you're likely to get worse than ipod earphone quality)
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post #7 of 7
No unless the cable is of a different AWG rating / broken.
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