Going back to the whole digital coax cable sonic differences y'all were talking about earlier in this thread; I've been trying two different coax cables with my hiface so far... both are cheapos but designed VERY differently. They are:
1) A cheap Philips one I bought locally for $9, seen here: Amazon.com: Digital Coax Audio Cable: Electronics
2) "Legend Supreme" brand cable I bought recently at a warehouse sale for $20: Legend Supreme Series Composite Audio Cable 2M [LEGEHT-81] - $28.00 Canada : electronicsforless.ca : Always fast, always easy!
Even though both of these are cheapos, there is a big difference in their build quality; the Philips version looks VERY cheap, are terminated with cheap looking plugs and uses a basic thin shielding around the core (then covered by a very cheap looking clear rubber sheath). Meanwhile, the Legend Supreme one looks very respectable... it's got a VERY sturdy, thick plug, with apparently quad shielding around its core (consequently the cable itself is about 2 times thicker than the other one!). Upon trying both of these in my hiface -> DA100 -> Gilmore Lite -> RS1 setup, you can hear MUCH bigger and better soundstage, detail, bass, and separation with the Legend Supreme cable. The Philips meanwhile sound very thin, lacks detail and is harsher at the top, and sounds overall very cheap. I was surprised at the finding since I always believed that a digital cable like a coaxial would not have any sound quality differences between them... but I noticed here that even with two very cheap ones, a lot of differences could be heard with my mid-fi setup. This makes me wonder if other expensive coax cables would bring about even more differences, but I can't really imagine getting a much better built one than the Legend Supreme one, TBH... it seems to pretty much meet all the requirements I heard earlier in the thread of a "good" cable (multiple shielding, right impedence, good connectors, high purity) so I'm thinking there's really no point in going any further... what y'all think?
Anyways, yeah... very surprised at how much differences there were between them using the hiface.