Bad news I didn't get my Onkyo phones. Good news I did get my Zu cable. Gotta give props to our good buddy ericp10 for helping us discover this one.
I know it is difficult to believe that a simple cable can bring a sound level that was already on point on the X1 but that is exactly what these cables do..Sure it is a bit more costly than your average cheapo good looking cable you can buy from monoprice/mediabridge and such. But excellence never comes cheap. To put it simply what I was hearing from my X1 using these Zu cables was a new spin on the X1. Basically a new level.. I was perfectly happy with just using my Media bridge cables until I heard what these cables do to the sound on the X1.
Guys that own the X1..These are it..I can't possibly see how anything can sound better on the X1. If you guys thought the X1 was not capable of higher end sound. You are wrong. Just get a pair of these. I knew this cable was gonna make my X1 sound better but what I heard last night is not just better..I have never heard my X1 sound this nice.. The sound is lusher. A much cleaner blacker background..Distinct instrument separation. Sound is more refined all of it from the treble sparkle to the bass extension. .
Look at it this way for you guys that own the X1. If I was to tell you there is a new version of the X1 called the X1-Zu.. Where you get even a higher resolution sound from your X1. How much would you pay? $150? $100? Nope it is $35 from ebay.. (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and completely worth the $35 asking price).. Guys that don't believe in what a cable can do for your sound..Be prepared for a revelation..My X1 has completely separated itself from my humble collection with the addition of this cable. Sell off one of your cheapo earphones and get the cable. Guaranteed to get your stupid grin happening.
Thanks guys! ... This is why we're such a cohesive splinter group in the head-fi world. Some call us hype-train members, but in actuality we just go about pointing out great gear for fellow head-fiers that give you the most bang-for-your-buck. You don't have to spend $1,000 to get sound that in some cases is 80 percent to 90 percent of that $1k product at a fraction of the cost.
And you would be surprised at the number of earphones, headphones, and other audio products that Dsnuts and DannyBai (and even I) are asked to review but they won't even write about it because it sucks. My parents always taught me that if you don't anything nice to say don't say it at all. I try to live up to that most of the times (I don't always succeed ... lol).
The Zu is incredible, but I've found cables that use pure silver to usually step up the sound quality of earphones/headphones. Dsnuts forgot to mention that these cables need a good burn-in before they start shining. I would say it will reveal what it can do in enhancing your headphone after 50 hours (but the company actually recommends 400 hours for it to shine completely). All of my phones have to fight harder for listening time at home when I have my X1 on my ears with the Zu. Happy listening!!