Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict
I would have never believed it if I hadn't heard it myself, but the APS V3 cables arrive sounding bright and tipped up and after 100 hours of burn-in are neutral/balanced, transparent and very detailed. Even 50 hours makes a difference. I have APS V3 on my HD600, HF-1, RS-1, and Edition 9 and I heard the changes with burn-in each time (except for the 1st HD600 cable which I bought used and burned-in already).
I've had three different HD600 cables from APS (still have two of them, one I sold was to connect to the back of a DAC) and the connectors have always fit properly.
After some trial and error with Silver/Copper hybrid IC's and HP cable I have decided Silver cables are absolutely not for me, just don't like the sound I get with them, this is purely a matter of taste. As for the dropouts in the cable, I don't have it anymore and so I guess you can decide if you believe me or not. It is Alex's policy to fix problems and he was unable to reproduce it with his headphones and after a long period of time with him sitting and listening to my cable I contacted him and said hey, can it be fixed or not? He said it was probably the springs in the cable recepticles and I said this was not a problem with the OEM cable, and it wasn't because the entire time he had my cable I was using the stock cable and the problem disapeared. I don't have this problem with the Equinox and need to say the connectors on the SAA cable are different than the ones Apure is using and they physically fit better and seat in the headphone uniformly and with the proper amount of pressure. I know Alex does good work but in my case I had a 330 dollar cable that did not function properly and frankly I did not like the sound I got from using it. Alex was nice enough to offer a refund as I waited for a month to hear him say, "Its the springs in your headphone". I thank him for that and im sorry it didn't work out better, it was my intention to keep it after the repair but since none was available what was I to do? I will say it sounded much better than the OEM cable as it let the headphones become more forward, with no veil and the sound was mid centric and subtracted some bass weight and if I remember correctly it didn't add very much impact at all. It would make a great sound signature for someone with a taste for that type of sound or someone liking a genre that benefits from having the entire mid section brought forward.
BTW, I do want to say the problem with the connectors was not severe as it occurred several times a week and as far as im concerned it was just one of those freaky things that doesn't make sense. I also apologize if I seem to be knocking Apure but that is my excitement over the sound I get from the Equinox as it was exactly what I wanted and has enabled me to reach what I consider the pinnacle of my headphone system.