Having read great things about the better sound from an upgrade silver amp interconnect cable, I decided to forgo the cheap interconnect that came with my BH2 amp and replace it with a pure silver cable from ebay seller onest11. I was delighted with the sound and especially the improved looks and thought nothing more about it. Jealous of sorensiim’s new mini DIY minimalistic cable I decided to upgrade again to a right angle plug to eliminate the snag issue from having the cord stick straight out. This time I purchased a Mundorf silver/gold right angle interconnect from the same seller. Then it occurred to me that I would have loved to have found a review of the three before I purchase them. So here is a simple review for the forum.
This is what I am comparing:
- C&C BH2 Portable Headphone AMP – included interconnect cable ($3?)
- Pure Silver stereo cable 3.5mm jack to jack ($40.88):
- MUNDORF Silver/Gold jack to jack stereo cable ($57.23):
My go to portable setup is my DX50/BH2 combo powering my Hidition NT6 Pros. The NT6 Pros are detail monsters that are very transparent and will showcase the differences well. To keep the review short and simple, I simply used my audiophile playlist of my best known songs to play a dozen songs while switching randomly between the interconnects to see if I could hear any differences.
Here are my conclusions:
- One is not like the others: While it is not a day and night difference, the basic cable didn’t sound as good as the others. To be fair, I could be quite happy playing the basic cable until I hear it compared, but when compared it sounded thin and constricted. The bass notes lost their meatiness, the notes sounded thinner, and the sound stage collapsed. The others just seemed to transmit the sound much more effortlessly.
- Splitting hairs: The differences between the silver and the silver/gold is down to splitting hairs. There are no obvious differences. If forced to find a difference, it might be that the gold adds some warmth as mentioned elsewhere, but it could just be the power of suggestion.
- It’s all about the looks: The upgrade in looks justifies the additional money by itself while the little better sound makes you feel a little better about spending it. No, I wouldn’t ever go back to the included stock cable, but that is mostly ego talking. But yes, it does sound 15 to 25% better with the upgrade from stock. I’m sure mileage will vary depending on your stock cable.
- Finally got it right: The right angle plug is much more practical than the straight plugs. Not only do they look cleaner and better, they could end the accidental disconnect headache and allow a better fit into any carrying case.
- More is not better: With this review, I highly doubt that spending $300 more on a similar short cable will obtain better results - unless it is sprinkled with pixy dust or made from unobtainium of course, but that is highly unlikely.
Please don’t forget that everything that I just wrote is merely my opinion. Others may see it differently.