Originally Posted by zazex I've tried about 7, 8 cables with my 7520's and Z1000's and have found them all to be overly microphonic. ... Any suggestions? ... I even phoned audioquest in California...
Thanks for the Audioquest anecdote, that's helpful because I had been looking at their cables. I guess you tried one of their models, and it's good to know the microphonic thing seems to be exaggerated with the 7520s. In the meantime I'm using the same StarTec cable GD references:
I think prioritizing something that "does the job" is right, and at this point it's probably more about the pleasure of problem-solving than anything else! That StarTec cable definitely does the job, even if 3 feet is slightly short for my taste.
I'm still researching parts, wiring techniques, etc., including at the HeadFi DIY cable threads. Any other cable experiences with the 7520s is helpful information.
By the way, Sony doesn't seem to be making the 1.2m Z1000 cable anymore. I got the part number from them and searched around, and a few months ago it was available here and there, but now only from one Japanese website, and it's $100 and needs special shipping arrangements:
The Z1000 itself is listed as discontinued.