Originally Posted by scrypt
Two questions, kwkarth:
1. Comparisons to the silk, copper and cotton docks aside, does the silver dock sound far better to you than other non-audiolineout dock solutions you've heard?
I ask because I'll be sending in my iPod photo for a redwine mod. Thus, I'd only ever use the audiolineout all-nude silver dock with my present 3G or whatever newPod I bought in a moment of materialusticism (please allow me to wipe off that neologism stain on your lapel).
2. Is it likely that your misgivings about the silver dock's highs might have something to do with being of a certain age? I'm not quite there yet, but I will be, of course, and have been told by an audioloiogist that certain highs grow more distasteful, that the ringing quality of which you complain can become more evident.
This might not be true at all in your case, of course; nor should it imply some sort of arbitrary prejudice, which would be inhumane as well as idiotic:-- age discrimination is self-hatred in a time machine. Only, I'm trying to determine whether the brightness and "ringing" which give you pause would sound so abrasive as to render an upgrade unnecessary. After all, I own a Turbodock already and, for the mome, am putting the scarlet springing member cap on higher priced cables.
To my ears, from memory, the silver dock sounds very similar to the Qables line out dock. They both strike me as missing the bottom end fullness and as having a tendency to sound "ringy" at the top end.
With regard to a correlation between age related hearing loss and the characteristic sound of silver interconnects, I would say no, because if any such correlation were to exist, I would expect it to be a reverse correlation. That is to say, as one ages, one looses the ability to hear the highest frequencies, therefore lessening one's sensitivity to high frequency anomalies. I don't know where your audiologist got their information, but I've never heard of any phenomenon like that before, unless it was related to some sort of auditory nerve or inner ear cilia damageFurther musings on the sound of silver...
I had always thought that the published articles decrying the "badness" of silver for audio interconnects was suspect. In my mind, I could never rationalize that thought. From my own revelations from listening to the ALO products I have to say, that there were certainly unpleasant zingy/ringy and thinness qualities, albeit subtle, to the silver interconnects when compared to the copper ones.
How does one explain then, the complete lack of that ringy/zingy character in the cotton and silk docks which use identical conductors and geometry, but different insulators and conductor to conductor spacing? My only conclusion can be that the dielectric constant characteristics and physical spacing between conductors and those concomitant effects upon the electromagnetic field interference and electrostatic energy storage between and by the conductors themselves is responsible.
So, my friend, FWIW, my crackpot theory $0.02.
No umbrage taken WRT age related hearing loss. I will freely admit, mine is not what it used to be.
The 15750Hz horizontal oscillator frequency of a typical TV used to drive my nutz if I was in a room with one, but now, if I could find a conventional CRT based TV with a conventional horizontal flyback xformer and yoke, I'm sure it wouldn't bother me nearly as much.