I have been thinking and searching a while and also wondering what affects sound. So in a setup you would have a Dac, Amp, and headphones and all those produce a sound but what about whats in between. Recently a friend of mine purchased Norse audio cables for his lcd2 and it made, what i thought a great pair of headphones even better, the mids stood out and sound stage was noticeably "cleaner" it sounded like a different pair of phones.
I do believe the quality of the cables make a difference because its pure, so in a "clean setup" you would have a
flac/lossless files ->
upgraded usb cable ->
upgraded rca cables ->
upgraded headphone cables ->
all running with upgraded power cables.
But some of us arnt made of money, so ideally what would give the most percentage of cleanness at the least price?
i have some speculation about the digital cables where they are all the same because it it digital content, where as analog matters, but is more noticeable after it is Amped. Just ideas.
i currently own
music streamer 2+
matrix m-stage with burr brown mod