I reticently picked a new DAC and ADC processors. Not that I needed but they were the brand that I for years was trying to test but never had a chance, now I do. The processors use AES/EBU connectors. So, not I need to find reasonably sounding AES/EBU cables….
This subject kind of put me back to few years when I was trying and trying all of this. The great debates of AES/EBU vs. S/PDIF, the levels of AES/EBU and S/PDIF implementations and which cable is “better” were played years back. I use to own 7-8 of “better sounding” digital cables and tried perhaps a two dozens more, not to mention 5-6 different optical brands. Unfortunately the beloved by me Dominos did not sound well at all; in fact Purist never had good digital cables. During that time the insanely expansive new Kharma’s top of the line digital cable (I do not remember how they call it) among all that I tried was the very best sounding – a reasonably elastic sonically, with very proper harmonically (if is it applicable to say about a digital cable) and without any typical for most of the d-cables glitz, After the try I was considering getting the Kharma. Then the Synopse cables come to my attention. It was S/PDIF cable, ugly looking and dirt cheap ($24 or something like that) that was so insultingly good that closed since then my interest for any digital cables. The Synopse has the effect of 6db filter vs. 48db filter – it was so reacher then any other cables that some of friends of mine who got Synopse those years (now the cable is absolutely no available) were lounging when we mention the Synopse Sound. The Synopse however was just 75R S/PDIF but I need a new cable of 110R…
I was looking recently what the cable companies do, those who do the 110R cables: Siltech, Nordost, Transperent, Aural Symphonics, Jena Labs, Tara Labs, Synergistic, MIT, Harmonic Tech, LAT, HMS, Cardas, XLO… In some cases what they say makes me scare: “we promise the extended bandwidth” …brrrrrr!!!!
I really did not paid attention for a few years what is going on in the cable world. So if any interestingly sounding AES/EBU cables out there then let me know. I would prefer them to be cupper-made and made by a large company where the cable will be soldered my machine but not a human. Companies like Apogee, Belkin, Tektronix, Hewlett Packard are preferable. I hope their production line still do cables and do not outsource everything outsourcabvle…
From another perspective something like Belden 1874A has a high purity copper, Teflon insulation and low capacitance. If I have it 110R then is anything else that would be necessary?Rgs, Romy the Cat
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