Aug 032017

I thought I’d provide you another update on my voltage-only conditioning results with the Hagerman Audio Labs FryBaby2, this time with a pair of unshielded Duelund DCA16GA interconnects.

DCA16GA interconnects on the FryBaby2.

I put my unshielded DCA16GA interconnects on the FryBaby2 for 24 hours of voltage-only conditioning, and tonight put them in the system for a little listen.

Leo Kottke’s ‘6 & 12 String Guitar’ album.

I put on the Analogue Productions 45rpm version of Leo Kottke’s ‘6 & 12 String Guitar’ album for the honors. I just got the album yesterday, and I’ve already given the album multiple listens, it’s such an amazing album, with wonderful music, and like usual AP did a great job on the production.

It’s a seminal album for fingerstyle guitarists, and if you’ve never read up on this album it’s worth taking a moment to do so, as Kottke had an enormous influence on guitarists.

Kudos to Chad for doing this album up so spectacularly right, both for the wonderful music, and its historic importance.

But back to the DCA16GA interconnects.

The result with the DCA16GA interconnects is similar to what I experienced with the shielded DCA20GA interconnects, in that the voltage-only conditioning warmed up the cables, making them richer, and it brought out additional texture and overtones in the music, and again, tone was off the charts!

Again I’m thinking I might have got by with only 12 hours of voltage-only conditioning, but I got busy and didn’t pull the DCA16GA off the FB2 at the 12 hour mark. Such is life, but it worked out just fine anyways, yielding a very musical pair of DCA12GA interconnects.

I’ll tell you what, I really appreciate Bill discovering and mentioning the voltage-only conditioning of the Duelund DCA cables, it makes for a really handy voicing option.

I’m putting my pair of unshielded DCA20GA interconnects on the FryBaby2, this time for 12 hours of conditioning.

I’ll report back on the result of that this weekend, or sooner if I can.

Ok, now it’s time for a little Bill Evans, after all, everybody digs Bill Evans!

Everybody Digs Bill Evans

Anyways, as always, thanks for stopping by, and may the tone be with you!

 Posted by at 6:42 pm

  6 Responses to “A little bit of voltage conditioning for my unshielded Duelund DCA16GA interconnects!”

  1. Please excuse my total lack of technical expertise. Isn’t voltage conditioning the same as regular audio playback? What is the difference between 12 hours on a Frybaby and 12 hours attached to a running DAC?

    If so, how is this a voicing tool if the cables will ultimately have voltage running through them constantly during normal listening?

    • A reasonable question regarding the interconnects I’m writing about, Ken.

      For speaker cables (and other wire burn-in chores) you’d have to build some adapters to fit the RCA’s on the CD player.

      There’s also a few other things to consider, so let me refer you to Jim’s discussions on the subject here and here.



  2. If you like Leo Kotke give Robbie Basho a try. He was a master of the 12 string and a friend of John Fahey.

    • Thanks for the recommendation, Paul, I’ll have to give Robbie Basho a listen!

      Kind regards,


      • Paul,
        Robbie Basho is a great recommendation, especially the albums Venus in Cancer and Visions of the Country.
        Best regards,

  3. Jeff,

    Really glad its working out for you. I heard some improvement on the DCA26GA headshell wires with just 7 hours need more as it left me wanting more of what I heard. Some adaptor to plug the entire headshell into would be a blessing for “tune ups”. I’m not sure if it’s possible. I haven’t heard it on main speaker cables yet. It’s not a bad idea when a cable is new to run the current mode to speed up things. Just run voltage mode the last one or two days depending on shielding. I just like the tone I get from it. I’ll be re charging things if I feel the need down the road.



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