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A Review On: Audioquest Forest Digital Coax RCA-RCA 75 Ohm

Audioquest Forest Digital Coax RCA-RCA 75 Ohm

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Price paid: $30.00
skimminst
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Pros: good value, innovative product details, soundstage and attack

Cons: pressure sensitive outer coating

I am using the Forest cable as a replacement for a simple 75Ohm video cable to connect my CD player to an external DAC.

 

  • One of the main reasons to choose an Audioquest cable is the cold welded connection from the cable’s conductor to the plug what physically reduces reflections. So I was expecting a change in the signal quality. I think it worked! By reducing the DAC’s afford of error correction the analog output improved a lot:

 

  • Now there is more air around the body of acoustical guitars, piano sounds are more sharp with added sustain and bass sound gain a little more attack.

 

  • The cable’s materials are wisely picked:

  • Small and slim but stable RCA plugs with the signal direction recommendation printed on it.
  • A silver plated, high quality copper conductor with formed PE dialectic
  • and good quality shielding using a special process to avoid interferences.

 

  • The only con on the cable is the pressure sensitive outer coating what additionally seem the be made of PVC? –well, there is room for improvements in every product.

3 Comments:

I'm sure I'm risking a torrent of vitriol, but I'm sorry, I just don't buy it. If you hear that much of a difference it would mean that the DAC was in constant error-correction mode with the old cable, and if that were the case the effect would be much greater than a loss of air around acoustic guitars.
The good news is you only spent $30 for your placebo, others have spent hundreds (or thousands).
I do not think you are totally wrong: there may be a lot of voodoo and autosuggestion in hifi cables and I am sure I am not free from it. Additionally I am a cable DYI so I am engaged in “cable sound”.
 
With analog NF interconnects I am 100% aware that there is an audible difference from a €5- to a €50 cable!

In digital interconnects I am pretty unsure that there will be differences from €30- to a €300 cable and I think it is a matter of the protocols used to transfer the data blocks: that is why I am taking a good cable for S/PDIF and cheap one for USB.
 
But long story short: I am noticing an audible,  positive difference replacing the €3- by the €30 cable.
As long as you notice a difference it's worth it.