- Oct 26, 2008
IMO there's no arguing about cables, balanced or other. No, I didn't try the one you used but to me a cable is a cable...a conductor and a connector on both ends. Signal in-->Signal out. Hook it to a scope and observe. With interconnects, I tried a couple of el cheapo (but decent) ones and compared them at his place to a couple owned by a friend who freely admits that he makes more money than what's healthy for him and hence he blows thousands on gear such as interconnects that cost a couple k EUR for a 1 meter pair. He switched, I listened, then the other way around. Result after 25 iterations: no significant difference. For honesty's sake: while we were doing this we were also enjoying a bottle of excellent scotch (liquor wise there does seem to be a positive correlation between price and quality). This was with my HD-800, I don't recall the amp used at the time but the dac was an MSB diamond dac, the music a high resolution version of Beethoven's Kreutzer sonata. Some people believe cables make a difference, I don't* and haven't ever seen a technical explanation as to why they should differ so let's leave it at that. Nothing personal but I wasn't really impressed with the review and again, nothing personal and the following is not aimed at you per se so don't take it wrong but I have a hard time believing that any site that derives a portion of its income from sponsoring or advertising can afford to post negative reviews of gear. To name one: on 6moons I sometimes read stuff that is beyond fanciful. I do, however, agree with your assessment of the USB module that Violectric uses.
*For signals in the audible frequency domain.
You said no arguing about cables but your wrote a lot arguing about cables. LOL