- Jun 5, 2003
Yanyin did a great job in matching up its cable for the Moonlights. I dont find other cables to actually enhance the Moonlight but more of a subtle effect on its base tuning than anything. Cadmus brings out a bit more neutralty on the Moonlghts, enhances their stage perception a touch with increased black space which is the effect of UPOCC used for the Cadmus cores. It sounds fantastic with the IFI Grphon which is a slightly warmer sunding source.
Man, you ain't kidding... they really did. The main thing I hear negatively with the other two cables is a compression of soundstage space, everything gets noticeably more boxed in compared to the airiness of the stock one. The LC-RE cable doesn't have this sense, and keeps up with the stock one sonically. I had to do a lot of back and forth to get to this observation though, and I don't like doing that very long with 2-pin IEMs as the sockets can loosen up too much. So I try to quickly decide which sounds the best to my ears then stick with it and leave that cable on. If the Cadmus doesn't seem to help sonically over the LC-RE, I may try it on the Vortex.
As an aside, music speaking, I was just listening to Karma Police on OK Computer with the Moonlight, and it sounded so damn good. I haven't enjoyed a song on OK Computer like that in a long time. That album is one of the ones I use to test how fleshed out midrange is (or lack of, in poorer tunings) because the recording can come across as really thin and flat sounding on the wrong earphone. Moonlight gets it very right, and I can enjoy the album and its brilliance in a bigger scale than many IEMs are able to portray.