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post #46 of 127

AES/EBU is a 110 Ohm balanced line that typically has lower noise due to common mode rejection.

 

S/PDIF is 75 Ohm single ended with less noise immunity.

 

I have used both connections on my previous DACs with little sonic difference (unless you are running long cables). Then there is USB... :).

post #47 of 127

order of my preference on my Magnepan system with ExaSound E20 > XPA-1s>Storatos Speaker Cable:

 

1. Tara Labs 0.8EX RCA

2. HiDiamond 8 RCA, High Fidelity CT-1 RCA(tie)

3. JPS labs Superconductor 3 XLR

4. Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 RCA

5. Cardas Clear XLR

6. Supra Sword IXLR 

7. ClearDay Silver RCA

8. DH Labs Revelation RCA silver

9. Kimber Hero RCA

10. anti-cable


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post #48 of 127
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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post
 

My entire A/V system is wired up with Signal Cable (power, analog, Coax, HDMI, Optical) end to end.  Tried everything else including Nordost and Signal suits the bill for me.  Very pleased. Seems to be best bang for the buck along with Blue Jean Cables. Service has always been incredible.

http://www.signalcable.com

 

I've also dealt with Signal Cable, and agree that they make a great product, no hype, and with great service.  They are definitely worth a look in the very least.

post #49 of 127

Best I've ever had (and still do) Deltec Black Slink. A rare vintage set but nothing sounds quite like them.

post #50 of 127

I have owned or demo'd a lot of interconnects and power corrds in both my headphone and speaker rigs.  The best sounding interconnects I have used are Crimson Music Links.  Austin Hi Fi sends out demos and they are not ridiculously expensive.  The second best were WyWires, which are more expensive than the Crimson Music Links.  If you want something cheaper, Clear Day Cables interconnects are quite good for the money (~$150).  I have owned Purist Audio Design, Tara Labs, Gabriel Gold, Cardas -- none were nearly as good as the Crimsons.

 

The best power cords I have owned are Mojo Audio Enigmas. I also own a few Triode Wire Labs cords, which are somewhat warmer sounding but don't sound as extended as the Mojo cords. (Overall, I have found that power cords make a bigger difference to sound quality per dollar spent than interconnects, where differences between good and great are usually fairly subtle.)

 

Hands down, the best speaker cable I have owned are the Clear Day Cables Double Shotguns.  The owner of Clear Day, Paul Laudati, is a really great guy who lends out his cables without even taking a credit card or deposit from customers.

post #51 of 127
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Originally Posted by HI-BIT View Post
 

AES/EBU is a 110 Ohm balanced line that typically has lower noise due to common mode rejection.

 

S/PDIF is 75 Ohm single ended with less noise immunity.

 

I have used both connections on my previous DACs with little sonic difference (unless you are running long cables). Then there is USB... :).

 

I have tried both the S/PDIF and AES/EBU inputs from the same output on my Perfect Wave DAC and like the AES/EBU connection better -- resolution is a little better than through the S/PDIF input.

 

I demo'd quite a few digital cables from the Cable Company, including Shunyata Zitron, Analysis Plus, Harmonic Technology, and Wireworld.  The best (by far) was also the least expensive -- the DH Labs Silver Sonic D-110.  Much better than the others.

post #52 of 127

Question for you guys that have your rigs in a stack.  Where can one get cables that are short, like, 9" or so (balanced)?  

I noticed the companies that are mentioned here don't offer anything shorter than 2 ft  :(

post #53 of 127
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Originally Posted by Viper2005 View Post
 

Question for you guys that have your rigs in a stack.  Where can one get cables that are short, like, 9" or so (balanced)?  

I noticed the companies that are mentioned here don't offer anything shorter than 2 ft  :(

 

http://schiit.com/products/pyst-cables

post #54 of 127
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Originally Posted by Viper2005 View Post
 

Question for you guys that have your rigs in a stack.  Where can one get cables that are short, like, 9" or so (balanced)?  

I noticed the companies that are mentioned here don't offer anything shorter than 2 ft  :(

 

A lot of times, these smaller companies will accommodate custom lengths if you just contact them directly. I've ordered custom lengths from a variety of companies mentioned here. I've also had luck contacting some of the headphone cable companies popular here that can do custom length interconnects using similar or even the same wire, geometry, design, etc. as their headphone cables. 

post #55 of 127
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Originally Posted by minimus View Post
 

 

I have tried both the S/PDIF and AES/EBU inputs from the same output on my Perfect Wave DAC and like the AES/EBU connection better -- resolution is a little better than through the S/PDIF input.

 

I demo'd quite a few digital cables from the Cable Company, including Shunyata Zitron, Analysis Plus, Harmonic Technology, and Wireworld.  The best (by far) was also the least expensive -- the DH Labs Silver Sonic D-110.  Much better than the others.

 

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Originally Posted by minimus View Post
 

I have owned or demo'd a lot of interconnects and power corrds in both my headphone and speaker rigs.  The best sounding interconnects I have used are Crimson Music Links.  Austin Hi Fi sends out demos and they are not ridiculously expensive.  The second best were WyWires, which are more expensive than the Crimson Music Links.  If you want something cheaper, Clear Day Cables interconnects are quite good for the money (~$150).  I have owned Purist Audio Design, Tara Labs, Gabriel Gold, Cardas -- none were nearly as good as the Crimsons.

 

The best power cords I have owned are Mojo Audio Enigmas. I also own a few Triode Wire Labs cords, which are somewhat warmer sounding but don't sound as extended as the Mojo cords. (Overall, I have found that power cords make a bigger difference to sound quality per dollar spent than interconnects, where differences between good and great are usually fairly subtle.)

 

Hands down, the best speaker cable I have owned are the Clear Day Cables Double Shotguns.  The owner of Clear Day, Paul Laudati, is a really great guy who lends out his cables without even taking a credit card or deposit from customers.

 

 

Good stuff here....   I will look into the Crimson Music Links..

post #56 of 127

Cullen Cable  Gold or Crossover series  both worth every cent

post #57 of 127

I just stumbled across this website hplaudio.com which looks to have some nice custom interconnects.  

"HPL Audio is exclusively Chris_Himself from Head-Fi, all cables are now produced in-house!"

 

I wonder if these are any good?  The pure silver ones are enticing.

post #58 of 127
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Originally Posted by blasjw View Post

I just stumbled across this website hplaudio.com which looks to have some nice custom interconnects.  
"HPL Audio is exclusively Chris_Himself from Head-Fi, all cables are now produced in-house!"

I wonder if these are any good?  The pure silver ones are enticing.

I have some silver plated copper wire on order from him right now to build myself an interconnect, I'm looking forward to it arriving. He's been great to deal with so far.
post #59 of 127

refer permission. cause in world of audio... i like interconnect. where i make test and DIY audio cable by my self and sometimes with my team.

post #60 of 127
Hey prepro,

Silver-Fi may be bringing their ICs (balanced) back through the US for review if your interested. I'd highly recommend trying them. He also has a prototype USB done in pure silver that may be ready now.
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