Originally Posted by pompon
I have the prior version of the XV2 and have the DB-510.
I prefer the Stereovox, more details and more laidback and better soundstage (depth).
Stereovox seem to have a thin bass when doing A/B with the Stereovox.
Best soundstage (more details, more space) = better for me.
WHile the coax cable need to be matched with the DAC/AMP/Headphone ... I keep them all the time my B22 will be finished. On my actual gear (SinglePower Dragon, Hiface, Behringer SRC2496 modded, HD800), the Stereovox fit better.
* I hope will prefer the DB-510 at the end ... because I have it already .. the Stereovox is not mine and pay 600$ for Stereovox Ultra is insane price for just a coax cable. My B22 cost that price for the parts ...
I am not sure to understand which version of the Stereovox you tried. When you say "prior" do you mean the HDXV? Or maybe you meant "subsequent" since you mention the "Ultra" later.
Concerning the Ultra vs XV2, it seems that they have made a lot of improvements to the sound:
- cryogenic treatment for the cable and connectors
- RF absorbing layer of pure woven carbon fiber
- an external jacket with lower dielectric effect
However what botters me with a cable that is selling for the price of the Ultra is the use of a silver plated copper instead of high purity silver or high purity copper. Mil Spec Wire is just another way to say cheap silver plated copper.
However, I have to admit that from a listening point of view it doesn't directly relate to the sound. In my experience, 3 high-end cables sounded natural to me: the Oyaide (pure silver), the very expensive Actinote (pure copper), and the hifi cables Sobek (SPC). The weird thing is that the XV2 was significantly different than the other ones: it was leaner and brighter. It was more upfront with the details but in reality it didn't have more low level details: it was simply voiced to sound more detailed.
I have also listened to the XV2 against a high end Audioquest (I don't remember the reference) on a speaker system and had the same feeling about the XV2 which also sounded harsher and more artificial in that system.
My advice is to hold on to the Oyaide maybe until you can try your new B22. Depending on the sound of your system, you will see if the Oyaide or the Stereovox better suits your tastes.
BTW, I agree that $600 is an insane amount to pay for a digital cable. With that amount you can buy yourself a proper DAC which has good reclocking such as the dac19dsp (see here: ÐÂ½¨ÍøÒ³ 1
). It has good jitter rejection (less sensitive to the transport and the digital cable), it uses multibit PCM1704uk dac chips, and it is an all discrete design with zero negative feedback.
Edit -- Did you try the XV2? If you can get your hands on a used one (since it is discontinued), it might be a cheaper alternative to the Ultra and better suited for you system than the oyaide.