Originally Posted by BrainFood
Mine just arrived and plugging it in now. If it compares well to the $300+ cables, it will be a bargain. It's replacing a very basic one though.
TBH, I didn't like it on the Firestone Bravo(+Supplier PSU), but neither did I like the WW Starlight and Ultraviolet...my best sounding cable on this combo was a freebie that came w/ an ebay DAC, the DAC sounded like **** but the cable was most excellent on the Bravo(far less colored SS). I think there are too many factors into play:
-accepting to get robbed by greedy OEM sellers who buy the cables for a few bucks in Shenzhen, make stellar markups and bribe all (UK) magazines and websites to sing along that it's teh best cable EVR and that you need it so badly
-USB chipset tolerances to jitter, rise times yada yada...they can't possibly be all equal. You get what you pay for IMO...I see the TE7022L chip as a slightly more advanced Realtek, when the XMOS seems far more advanced, with two discrete clocks, truly async operations etc.
-whether the USB power is in use, it wasn't on the Bravo and it very much is on the U3
so we got the usual infamous synergy matter between cable inner and outer interferences/USB chipset tolerances/etc etc, the subjective bias and so on...all I know is that this $6 Lacie cable provides a very clear soundstage and a highly refined subjective SQ to my ears on the U3. I just find it sad when ppl spend twice more on the coax cable than on their hiface, or up to 50% of the price of their V-DAC in a WW cable.
But it's the same story w/ everything, how much does a LCD-3 cost to manufacture? 3K on an ortho phone sounds just as silly as $300 on a mere silver plated copper cable
moonboy told me a long time ago that he would prefer a cheap phone off a killer source/amp combo than the opposite, and I tend to agree. Spend the money on your source/amp more than on overpriced cables or phones.
Edited by leeperry - 1/6/12 at 10:12am