Alright, I was a little skeptical about a digital cable making a difference...ok, really skeptical. I understand the theory of transferring data digitally over cables (as much as a Chemical Engineer who has worked in the electronics manufacturing/design industry for more than 15 years) and I just don't get what I am hearing.
Being the "digital skeptic" that I was, I went out and picked up a 1M Monster Optical cable on sale at Bestbuy and never thought about it until I read leeperry's post. Since I seem to agree with him and his ears on many previous subjects, I thought for $35, why not.
So that brings us to right now and I am no longer a skeptic. Listening to the SACD version of Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits (remaster), using the CD layer through to my PS Audio DLIII Dac via optical (and my HD800s), I can certainly here an improvement.
On the very first track, "So Far Away", the cymbal hits on the drums seemed two dimensional, bright and lifeless. The bass was good, but seemed a little weak and not very taught. So I swapped out the 1M Monster cable with the 1M Dayton GOC-3 Glass Toslink cable and viola!
The cymbal smashes became three dimensional with a better sense of space, they were better located in the sound stage and no longer too bright and came to life. The bass surprisingly tightened up even further with better definition.
So being an engineer, I am back to doing some more A-B comparisons to collect more data, but so far I am very surprised and a little humbled.
Thanks leeperry for the recommendation!
BTW, the construction of the cable is just fantastic and very similar to many of my Kimber Kables. So far a happy skeptic...er customer.