Yeah I think I'm going to have to burn a few days researching better lighting and trying different things through trial and error. I've been using my rooms lighting which is rather terrible because the bulbs give off a yellowish tinge that becomes quite apparent when I shoot a video. When I try opening the rooms window to let in sunlight during the day and shoot video then there's just to much of it and everything looks overexposed.
As for your cable question, I've been quietly researching cables and I've experimented with a couple of things and I've kept quiet involving my findings so as not to stir up trouble on here. Cable believers are a rather touchy kind of tribe. I have some fancy ALO copper with silver plating interconnects on my CLAS rig and my findings after using them for months is save your money because no matter what people say on here they make absolutely no difference whatsoever. As for headphone cables, I haven't done anything with headphone cables but I have played around a little with IEM cables. My 4A custom I ordered with a Magnus upgrade cable. It's a good cable I guess. Besides that I can't say to much about it because I don't have the standard cable the 4A usually ships with. I did get a chance to swap out its cable when I had the 1Plus2 for review. I was a complete nonbeliever until I started trying out Gavins cables. When I swapped my Magnus cable for the silver 1Plus2 cable the 4A's PRAT increased and the general sound sig seemed very slightly more leaned out and notes very slightly more well defined. The differences were very very subtle so they were far from night and day.
Also, recently I had a chance to get the 1Plus2 back and hear Gavins upper tier cable which was a silver and gold cable. Again, I have to stress traditionally I thought cable science was for the loons. The silver/gold cable from Gavin made a noticeable difference to the 1plus2 and my 4A. The differences were still not night and day but nevertheless I picked up on them immediately. On the 1Plus2, compared to the original silver cable, the treble was still energetic but no longer as peaky or harsh sounding. The mids sere smoother while still maintaining as much detail as before. The bass, well from what I've read silver leans out the sig making the bass leaner. With the silver gold cable the bass was as great sounding as it ever was. Don't ask me how but the bass still had body and rumbled and hit as good as it ever did. something else I noticed, everything sounded more realistic and natural. A bird chirping sounded like a real bird, a trumpet sounded that one step closer to a real trumpet and a clarinet sounded like a real clarinet.
On my 4A's, PRAT again was increased and the sig was again leaned out a bit next to the Magnus cable. Here's the crazy thing, the 4A bass could now kick harder then with the Magnus cable. Also, the sig seemed to have a slightly airier sound so I think the highs were effected for the better. They seemed to have a touch more energy so I'm thinking I guessed right. Again, don't ask me to explain it I'm just writing what I heard.
Getting back to interconnects, although my ALO silver plated interconnects were a miserable failure I have to say connecting my CLAS-db and RX MKIII-B together via a balanced ALO connector made an audible difference. The sig was cleaned up and the bass reached a small bit lower and seems to be able to hit a bit harder. Also the soundstage seems to be more well defined and very slightly larger with a slightly better 3D like presentation.
Again, I have to clarify, I've traditionally never been a cable believer. You asked for my findings and I truthfully wrote them down for you. i don't know, maybe it was placebo. The truth is I believe I heard a difference using Gavin's cables. I haven't said much to anyone because A I didn't want to start an argument on any threads concerning cables, it seems way to easy to get into a fight or get trolled when cables get mentioned, an B I didn't think anyone on this thread was interested in talking about boutique cables so I said nothing.
Edited by DigitalFreak - 7/3/13 at 1:35am