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post #586 of 1678
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Gorgeous faceplate of #0017.

 

Finally got my Q-Audio cable for the HD800.

 

Finally, the HD800 the way it's meant to sound! It's been a long climb. :D

I've been considering a recable on my HD800, any differences with the Q and the stock through the Stratus?

post #587 of 1678

I'm going from single-ended stock to Q-Audio's 4-pin balanced cable. I'm getting smoother treble, slightly more dimensional depth and a hint more warmth on the Q-Audio. Bye, bye, stock cable!
 

post #588 of 1678

New toy syndrome? I have both HD800 stock cable and the Q cable (terminated in 4pin XLR). On the Stratus, I don't notice much difference. I'm fond of both. And it was really pleasant doing business with Steve. Below is my earlier post on this. But of course YMMV.


Originally Posted by econparanoia View Post

For my HD800, I have both the stock cable and a French Silk balanced (4 pin XLR) cable from Q Audio. I don't hear any noticeable difference between them on the Stratus. ( There could be subtle differences, but I have yet to carefully AB them.) With that being said, the Q cable is lighter, more manageable, and has better build quality.


Edited by econparanoia - 3/16/13 at 6:31pm
post #589 of 1678
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New toy syndrome? I have both HD800 stock cable and the Q cable (terminated in 4pin XLR). On the Stratus, I don't notice much difference

 

Placebo effect could come into play as well. It's hard to eliminate the human factor. I'm also not talking a huge difference. Maybe not even a 1 percent difference. A hair-like nudge or tilt. Listening to a CD of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme", the cymbals seem less harsh on Q-Audio cable. I'm getting a hint better articulation and instruments seem fuller, warmer, smoother in sound. It may be because of the slightly tamed HD800 treble on the Q-Audio cable. I'm definitely less bothered by the treble on the Q cable.


Edited by drheadphone - 3/16/13 at 7:18pm
post #590 of 1678
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Placebo effect could come into play as well. It's hard to eliminate the human factor. I'm also not talking a huge difference. Maybe not even a 1 percent difference. A hair-like nudge or tilt. Listening to a CD of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme", the cymbals seem less harsh on Q-Audio cable. I'm getting a hint better articulation and instruments seem fuller, warmer, smoother in sound. It may be because of the slightly tamed HD800 treble on the Q-Audio cable. I'm definitely less bothered by the treble on the Q cable.

This is fair enough :)  And thanks for the more specific impressions. Enjoysmily_headphones1.gif

post #591 of 1678

I won't get into the cable debate - but it sounds like you're hearing a difference so congrats.

 

And congrats to the new Stratus recipients - you will never look back!!

 

And +1 on the Stratus/LCD-3 combination - especially for rock and funk...

 

Now, in terms of rectifiers:  the 5T4 will most likely not work in the Stratus.  Here's part of a private email exchange with Donald (reprinted without his direct permission so I would urge you to contact him with specific questions).  I was asking about the 5V4G/GZ32:

 

The 5V4G has a separate heater and cathode, with the cathode connected to one of the heater pins, similar to how the 5AR4 is configured. I have the Stratus configured for directly heated rectifiers like the 5U4G and take the output from the center tap of the filament winding. So I don't believe the 5V4G will work properly in the Stratus  without a soldering change.

 

And since I believe the 5T4 is wired like the 5AR4, I would not use it.  Although Solude is of course right that loose particles inside a tube usually make no difference in sound and are not dangerous...

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And since I believe the 5T4 is wired like the 5AR4, I would not use it.  Although Solude is of course right that loose particles inside a tube usually make no difference in sound and are not dangerous...

Thanks a lot for the tips. I've contacted the Tube Depot for a refund.

post #593 of 1678
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I won't get into the cable debate - but it sounds like you're hearing a difference so congrats.

 

There's an actual debate? C'mon! I'm listening to my newly received Silver Dragon V3 cable for the LCD2 right now and I feel like I'm being attacked by icicles! Ouchie! basshead.gif

 

Just ordered some EML tubes. Thanks for the recommendation.


Edited by drheadphone - 3/18/13 at 2:23pm
post #594 of 1678

I have many scars from the cable wars, my friend.  I am firmly and forever in the camp of the believers but there are those who will never come around because their heads are too deeply embedded in math and science and not open to the music or their bodies...

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I have many scars from the cable wars, my friend.  I am firmly and forever in the camp of the believers but there are those who will never come around because their heads are too deeply embedded in math and science and not open to the music or their bodies...

 

+1

 

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post #596 of 1678
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I have many scars from the cable wars, my friend.  I am firmly and forever in the camp of the believers but there are those who will never come around because their heads are too deeply embedded in math and science and not open to the music or their bodies...

+2  

post #597 of 1678

I wish I could not hear a difference.....tongue.gif
 

post #598 of 1678

The blessing and the curse of this hobby.

post #599 of 1678

Haha, we have not even got into the benefits of USB cable upgrades yet tongue_smile.gif


Edited by third_eye - 3/18/13 at 6:20pm
post #600 of 1678

Woohoo!

 

http://www.audioquest.com/usb-digital-audio/diamond

 

Better Voodoo! A live chicken in every cable.....very_evil_smiley.gif

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