Aug 042017

It sure is nice to get home from work on a Friday evening, fix a dirty martini with some Tito’s handmade vodka, and put on some music and play some audio games.

I just pulled my Duelund DCA20GA interconnects off the FryBaby2 after about 12 hours of voltage-only conditioning, and installed them in the system in place of the FB2’d DCA16GA in the preamp to amplifier position, that I wrote about in my last post (which sounded bloody good!).

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals’ ‘Lifeline’ album with the DCA20GA interconnects.

So, I put on my Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals’ Lifeline album, and gave it a listen with the DCA20GA interconnects.

DCA20GA on the MC30’s, DCA16GA in the foreground.

If you’ve never heard Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals’ Lifeline album, I highly recommend it. Great music, and a great recording!

Well, the unshielded DCA20GA interconnects after 12 hours of voltage-only conditioning, are exhibiting the same sorts of effects that I heard with the shielded DCA20GA interconnects, and the unshielded DCA16GA interconnects.

The unshielded DCA20GA interconnects are maintaining everything I liked about the uncooked versions, but with more warmth, richness, textures, and nuance of overtones.

The voltage-only cooked DCA20GA interconnects made Lifeline sound spectacularly good!

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

After Lifeline I put on Leo Kottke’s 6 & 12 String Guitar album, another album of great music and superb production.

The FB2’d shielded DCA20GA impressed me on 6 & 12 String Guitar just like it did on Lifeline, and sounded sonically refined, imminently musical, and with a dose of extra naturalness and emotional involvement from the voltage-only conditioning.

So that’s three consistent results in a row from voltage conditioning, and each time there was a significant improvement in warmth, richness, texture, and overtone nuance, that I really enjoyed. Tone was off the charts!

I’m really beginning to appreciate the separation of voltage and current conditioning with the FryBaby2, it’s powerful in being able to voice the Duelund DCA cables exactly the way you want them.

I’ve been so happy with the result of the voltage-only conditioning that I haven’t tried the FB2 for current conditioning, but I suspect that being able to optimize the conditioning of the dielectric (voltage-only conditioning) and the conductors (current conditioning) separately is the way to go for the Duelund DCA tinned-copper cables.

I suspect there’s an optimum ratio of of voltage-only and current only conditioning for every cable application that results in a perfect match to each listener’s preferences, which is a truly exciting thought.

The fact that the FB2 conditioning is a reversible process is good news too, because you can go back and forth a bit with current and voltage until you hit the desired overall balance of musicality and sonics.

Tonight I’m putting a pair of over-cooked DCA12GA speaker cables on the FB2 for a little voltage-only conditioning, and will report back on the result.

After that will be some Duelund DCA26GA headshell leads.

Will the trend continue? I’ll find out!

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

 Posted by at 7:13 pm

  5 Responses to “A little bit of voltage conditioning for my unshielded Duelund DCA20GA interconnects!”

  1. Jeff,

    I am curious how you will connect the thicker GA speaker wire to the adaptors that come with the FB2? I been using the small little holes on it. I could see banana plugs working possibly, but bare wire not sure how I would use thicker wire. Maybe run it straight through like a banana plug and come up through the larger hole in the middle? I want to voltage condition my speaker wires I got over a thousand hours on them naturally still want to do it. 🙂


    • Howdy Bill,

      I’ll keep you posted on that one. I ended up running-in some more interconnects so haven’t got to the DCA12GA speaker cables yet.

      The whole voltage-only conditioning thing is a real eye-opener for me. The results are quick and the effects large in magnitude, which is a very hand combination!



  2. Something I noticed in my system not to relevant as everyone will most likely not keep their systems on 24 hours a day ( some solid state guys might). After voltage burn in sounds good ,yes. I listen a little let it rest over night and the sound is even warmer. Noticed this more than once. Like these need rest after burn in much like building muscles or something. Its an odd observations but I hear something different the next day, and it’s warmer usually.

    • Thanks for the tip on that, Bill, I’ll have to listen for that.

      The Duelund DCA is very intriguing, it really doesn’t behave the same as anything else in my experience, but I sure do enjoy the result!

      Kind regards,


  3. Hi Jeff,
    I’d like to share my simple comparison of four different RCA plugs soldered to Duelund DCA 20GA wire for ic’s.
    The RCA plugs were:
    1. KLEI Silver Harmony
    2. Furutech FP-126 (G)
    3. Switchcraft 3502AAU Gold
    4. Valab-Star-Tellurium Copper Gold Plated (eBay)

    Of the four #4 from Valab proved to my ears and system that it was superior to the others. Furuteck FP-126 (G) was second in performance. The Valab RCA’s were more dynamic, bass was well controlled and solid. Greater clarity and detail top to bottom. These RCA’s are well made and sturdy. And only $20.00 for two pair. Duster at the Audio Asylum shared info re these RCA plugs. So all of you who are using Duelund DCA 20/16GA wire for ic’s might like to give these a try.

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