Originally Posted by roy_jones
Done and done. I was trying to hold off on starting the daily harassment about how you're finding the Squeezebox...I wasn't sure that you'd got it up and running yet, but now, now you will know no peace until I'm able to check it out.
hehe... I was wondering why I hadn't heard from you. I have only ripped 10 albums or so, but am enjoying the radio features [more of a fun thing than a Hi-Fi thing]. If you want I can rip dream theater as I think the Wife has some of their CD's.
Originally Posted by heymaceo
Who makes this cable? Where can it be puchased? What was different about it than the other two coax's? By that I mean, what specifications were different (not how did it sound different) - helpful to know what about those cables made them not stand out versus the winning cable.
A friend of mine Renato [looser101] made it for me. You can read some scattered impressions of the digital cable shootout in the most recent Hamilton meet thread.
From what I remember, the highs were better resolved. Cymbals just sounded more 'right' with the winning cable. I also noticed it in the piano and bass guitar. Sort of a smearing of detail with the other cables. I suspect it has something to do with timing.
Winning cable 1 - Belden 75 ohm coax cable [standard stuff] with VERY CHEAP rca terminations.
Winning cable 2 - Though the first was great it somewhat offended my sensibilities, so Renato made me a second cable with the same belden 75 ohm coax cable and some nice looking BNC connectors with RCA adapters. It sounds identical to the first and gives me more versatility. I think I might replace the RCA jacks on the Squeezebox and Lavry with BNC at some point.
Losing cable 1 - Hand braided teflon coated silver, solid core, 4 22 AWG wires [two signal and two shield], nice looking vampire clone RCA's, around 6 inches in length. I made this myself a while back just to see if I could. Nice looking cable, though I should have reinforced the connectors better. Sounded the worst out of the coax digital cables.
Losing cable 2 - Off the shelf digital cable from Radio Shacks 'High End' line.
Losing cable 3 - The optical. Music sounded dead by comparison.