Originally Posted by GeorgeGoodman
That is a really nice setup, Warp. It is a great testament to the Ibasso's value that they are a fraction of the price of the Sony Qualia, but work with them very well. I do not know much about cables, but I am inclined to think there has to be some difference with better cables. My question is, how much of a difference is there between the stock Ibasso interconnect for the Boomslang/Toucan and the Twag one? How much more performance are you getting for three and a half times the price? This knowledge may come in handy if I decide to get a Boomslang later (right now I am just trying to get a Toucan). I am not knocking your choice of the interconnect at all, in fact I rather admire that you like to go to the peak of things equipment wise.
Thanks, George. My iBasso IC hasn't arrived yet, but it's on the way. The retail price on the Whiplash Hirose ICl is $120 vs. $39 of the iBasso model, but the iBasso uses OCC, so I would expect it to be cheaper. I will wrap my impressions of that into the review, as well as the Locus Design Polestar USB-B to USB-mini cable vs. my existing Virtue Audio USB cable, which I thought was good enough up until now.
Yes, not even digital cables are alike when it comes to sound and that was my last bastion of skepticism. This hobby is killing me financially, but I enjoy every moment of it.
The Qualias are so revealing and detailed--the stock cable is horribly bad--that it's easy to hear every sliver of difference in how the sound spectrum is presented and a great revealer of an enormous, spherical headstage. This is unique to them, no other cans can do this type of imaging. So it's like the sonic equivalent of an MRI diagnostic scanner, in a way.
I'm listening to my HD600s now, which require a lot more juice (this isn't the one for sale). Drives them easily even at the lowest gain setting. I'm having an XLR4 to Hirose adapter made also, so I can test this gear with the mighty AKG K1000s and my balanced R10s. It should be cool. It'll take me a 2-3 more weeks until I finish my tests on this thing. But I don't see anyone going wrong with them, especially at this price. It's a bargain for sure.