Can someone please tell me it's virtually IMPOSSIBLE for a USB cable to rob my DJ100 of treble?
I know it's all 1s and 0s and all that nonsense, but I discovered something beyond weird today. Technically impossible you'd think.
My DJ100 tonight was sounding really dark. Like everything wasn't too clear and kind of more congested than it should be.
I had the ODAC connected up with a Monoprice gold plated (as if that mattered!) USB cable with a ferrite bead on it. It actually is going to a powered USB hub.
I removed the two ferrite core cables and everything is back to normal. Not a subtle difference. I switched to ones the same size but with no gold plating and no ferrite bead. I know that USB cables can't alter the sound, but maybe it's just they're low quality or something.
I have no idea.
Before someone says i'm nuts, try it. Don't think about it. Try the ODAC with a Magni or O2 and a warm headphone that's slightly dark. Sometimes that's still sightly revealing and not open. On the DJ100 it's very audible.
My guess will be that it's just that the ones without a ferrite core are just higher quality...
Maybe this is why I'm having issues with the ODACs treble? I originally heard this previously, but passed it off as impossible and that I was hearing things...
Today my HD-650 was also sounding a bit too dark...I think in another post I mentioned the Ipod Touch 2G seemed to have more treble than the ODAC...now it's pretty close.
I guess that it doesn't matter much now that my DJ100 is sounding better.
Some things i'll never figure out I think...
NOTE: I didn't swap out any other cables or make any other changes.
EDIT: Found some good posts here on the subject:
Edited by tdockweiler - 2/8/13 at 10:10pm