Belden 8402 microphone cable interconnects a la Dominique

Following the buzz around the Belden 8402 microphone cable used as interconnect that swirled around Jeff’s place I decided to build one myself. I decided also not to follow the classical convention of connecting conductors and shielding to RCA plugs suggested by Mr. Shirokazu Yazaki nor the contemporary norm of connecting the shielding only on one end to the ground, but to follow the methodology suggested by the french forumer and Jeff’s frequent visitor Dominique.

What he did is actually to connect both conductors to the hot pin of the RCA plugs and the shield alone to the ground (plug housings) on both sides. You can learn more on that topic here.

It took me just a few bars to realise that this cable is special. It is incredible interconnect that outperformed my Goldkabel Profi stereo cinch cable. The most striking thing is how persuasive and believable it portrays the acoustical events. This cable is a revelation and I can only recommend it to those that strive for realism in the audio reproduction.

Update December 2017

I decided to rewire the Belden 8402 interconnect cables in the standard way with shield grounding at one end, thus no more using the shield for transferring the signal. It turned out that this way of wiring yields better results, dead silent background and stress free reproduction.


8 thoughts on “Belden 8402 microphone cable interconnects a la Dominique”

  1. Hi Dimitar,

    I haven’t done all test but i think it can be better to keep one interconnect cable on the two channel, connected at both end.

    In fact this depend how electric earth and signal ground are connected inside your elements.
    The aim is to avoid “ring” of signal ground and ring of electrical earth.

    One element connected at electrical earth on the electrical distributor from the wall is sufficient, only if the ground signal is linked to the electrical earth in each of your hifi equipement and that at least on interconnect cable is connected at both end to allow balancing of the little leak of current.

    This is free tweak.

    Also try plug your element in electrical phase, in general it’s better because normaly the current leak is less (so less stress for you equipement) Sometime hifi element are not sensible at this, but often yes.

  2. Hi Guys,i have just bought 2m of this belden cable and after reading various articals i am a little confused on what configuration on how to wire these cables to the plugs,which is going to sound the best,can you please help.
    Kind regards

    1. Hi Mark, I am glad to help you.

      I find the contemporary way of connecting the shield at one end to the ground the best. So you have to solder the black cable to the hot pin (the central one) of the RCA plugs and the white to their ground pins, or the other way around, it doesn’t matter. Then you have to solder the shield to the ground pin of one of the RCA plugs and mark this cable end with a sticker or something, the other end of the shield you don’t solder, simply cut it. The RCA plug to which the shield is soldered should be plugged into the line output of the preamplifier or whatever component precedes the amplifier (DAC, CD, etc.) That’s it pretty much.


      1. Hi Dimitar,thank you so much for all that,i will make up the cables tomorrow,its much appreciated that you have taken the time out to make it clearer and help me in my quest for better sound
        kind regards
        and thank-you again

  3. Hi Dimitar, Hi everybody! I am the Dominique you are talking about who promoted the special and weird way of connecting the Belden.
    On the French audio forum I participate in, following my suggestion, many people have tried the Belden connected in many different ways and in many different systems.
    Now, what are the results…?
    You guess! No unanimity at all! Nobody agrees on one way of connecting the cable being better.
    I would say that, as for everything in HIFI (from speakers to accessories), it’s system dependent and I would add, it mostly depends also on the listener’s tastes.
    On the forum, some said “Waouh!!”while others almost said: “it’s bullshit” and this, whatever the type of connection they used…
    So, my advice is the followings:
    Try all the possibilities hereunder (see the schematics) and leave time i.e. listen for days to each of them to really appreciate which one immerses you the more into the music. It’s really a question of days or more…
    First method: the classic one:
    Second method: The japanese one (promoted at Jeff’s place):
    Third method: The weird one (à la Dominique):

    Hope I helped. 🙂

    1. Very glad to see you here Dominique!

      Thanks for sharing the schematics and throwing some light on the cable configuration. I completely agree with you and consider the choice of interconnect cables dependent on the overall system voicing and user preferences.

      Kind regards,

  4. I followed the called Japanese way; 1 core signal, 1 core ground and shield connected at both ends of the Switchcraft gold plated rca plug.
    The Belden 8402 is wonderful with my 6ca7 tube amp at depth of image, 3D soundstage and precise imaging. It makes a big step to get close to fidelity sound reproduction to what I describe as ‘emotional’. The bass is calm. The mid is rich like the 19364 power cord of the same brand. The high is smooth. This is the best cable I found after the great Klotz MC5000.

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