Right, it's been a while and I have held back on a big secret...
Remember Michael Mercer with his prototype Molecule Elite Audeze EL8 DHC 4-wire Fusion cable that he used when reviewing the EL8 for EnjoytheMusic.com?
Well that cable was a prototype as the Zync connector's that Audeze use on the EL8 line were not available in the aftermarket area, nor where the schematics.
Even so, Peter from DHC has been working with Audeze regarding the Zync connector's, and wanted to use 3D printing to develop a commercial way of making such connector's available to his headphone cable series (Molecule predominantly; the Zync conncetor's are tuff to work with, so Comp4 and Spore lines are most likely unsuitable for the EL8 series).
Now, Peter and I are friends, and we often tall to each other. It had been a while since we spoke from last year but in May I decided to, as part of my birthday (late May), go out and get the Molecule Elite 4-wire Fusion silver/copper cable.
Peter, in his true awesomeness, decided to be a bit cheeky, and built and sent out my cable so that I could receive it BEFORE my birthday!
I've been on a gentleman's embargo about my cable , but sneakily posted stuff on Twitter...he he he...
So, yes,...er...sorry to everyone else regarding that, or for waiting for their DHC EL8 cables... '^^
And yes, I do know of hidden projects and TOTL cables that Peter has been up to, and his most recent audio purchases. He makes me so envious... Oh, and sorry, can't tell you anything guys muhahahahaha :P
Anyway, the cables did indeed get to the UK, on my BIRTHDAY, but stuck at custom's. HMRC decided to slap on a hefty custom's charge, and ParcelForce were set to deliver it soon after. Even after paying the charge ParcelForce, in their infinite wisdom, decided that rather than delivering it to my address but to THE LOCAL POST OFFICE INSTEAD >_<
The Post Office in question was a 20 min drive but this was an unnecessary journey.
No matter, got the cable (first week of July), and this started my true addiction to Audeze and DHC... <3
Oh, btw, the DHC FB page had a pic of an Molecule Elite EL8 cable with a stainless steel Helix Y-splitter...that was MY cable! The splitter was to give my cable a steampunk look, and to better match my EL8's, and the Eidolic Rhodium 3.5mm termination (with a carbon/metal alloy barrel) was for use in both my iFi Audio Stereo 50 DAC/amp and CEntrance HiFi-M8 (for portable use).
Pic's below are of the original unboxing and thereafter. There are more pics over on my @TheOneInYellow, page so go have a look if you like!
Lot's of pics! (Click to show)
And here are my favourite pics!
As for sound, in a big 'ol summary, THEY ARE FAR, FAR BETTER THAN STOCK CABLES. Soundstage, dynamics, resolution, extension on low and high frequencies, holographic sonic picture, so on and so forth, are what you can expect to increase over the stock cable, and these changes are certainly not subtle.
The cable is also shorter, far more manageable, and very flexible.
I seriously wish I went for a full Silver version, or even go for the Molecule Extreme, but I am very happy with my Molecule Elite.
Anyway, hope you all enjoyed this!