I just use a 3ft Blue Rigger HDMI cable I got from Amazon, it's thick and inflexible but short enough for my needs. It's shielded, sturdy and quite cheap. I got the rest of my interconnects from Ghent Audio, which was also incredibly cheap, and now all my cables are terminated at the right length and it keeps my setup tidy. The new cables also fixed a crackling and popping problem that no amount of messing with buffer sizes would fix, so take that for what you will.
There's a sweet spot for everything though, I spent very little money on interconnects, and had no interest in bespoke Gucci cables. A shielded USB cable with a ferrite core, terminated at the right length was good enough for me, I think Ghent used a Belden cable which is very respectable. I chose Choseal instead of Mogami for the RCA as it was a few dollars cheaper, and I can tell you it was high quality, and loses nothing to the Mogami.
Back 2 Gustard stuff,
I hope they use something better than a volume pot on the H20. If they put a volume pot on it, I'm probably going to go Audio-GD or get off my lazy bum and start building my wire amp. It should be pure class A, and remain in class A up to a decent level of power, with a stepped attenuator. I think I'll definitely get the X20 despite getting the X12 only two months earlier LOL. But given that the analog section is very similar between the X20 and the X12, I wonder how different the two DACs would sound since it's really the analog section that provides most of the flavor differences between DACs. The X20 should have better channel separation though, which should give dat soundstage magic.
Originally Posted by Amleth
If they come out with a matching dual-mono amp like rumoured (H20, I'd assume?), and it's proportionately as good as the H10 seems to be plus has a 4-pin XLR true dual mono out, it sounds like they'll have a pretty compelling budget-high-end option on their hands.
I just wish they'd consulted with native English speakers over their brand name. Ideally, I prefer my Hi-Fi equipment not to evoke thoughts of goose and custard. They don't even go together, let alone have anything to do with Hi-Fi or any positive associations with it, either. Mmmn, love those custardy mids on the X20. I find the competing Yulong options to be more like créme Anglais, and the price-matched Schiit options are downright pudding-ey. See? No good.
(And that's going Euro-style and pronouncing it "Goostard" to try and summon at least a little gravitas, because making it rhyme with "custard" is an even worse option. :/ )
Lol the Euro-style sounds so nouveau riche, I'm just a dirty peasant tho so I pronounce it like custard. I like the Gustard name tho, its got Gusto man, you got to respect that hustle.