I have a Cyrus 8 box system CDXT se2, DacXP+ and 2 X powers in mono (all with psxr's) to Kef R500's and originally bought a Chord Signature Co-ax, well I found it to be a bit dull, so bought a W/W Starlight 6, better detailed but a bit bright, so decided on this before possibly buying the Nordost Silver shadow.
Well, in my honest opinion it is the best interconnect, cable upgrade/ swop, I've ever made, oodles of detail, great airyness, which gives better seperation and definition, and the bass goes deeper and is more controlled, for the money an absolute brilliant buy.
People who say cables make no difference must have impaired hearing !!
This is as significant an upgrade I've ever made, even component wise, a great cable which is beautifully crafted and a shame it is never seen, well worth the money, and definitely warrants five stars.
Google Jitter, and then re-read your post.
The well tempered computer is a good place to start, it will explain in fact why optical transmission can indeed introduce errors in the D/A conversion process, it's not as simple as you think.
Just took delivery and spent all weekend enjoying the upgrade over my €25 optical cable. I found myself finding detail I hadn't heard in well known tracks and also found the volume creeping up as instead of just load I was getting more information.
Fantastic cable - thanks WHF for the recommendation.
This cable is 'waisted' on just DVD-audio output.
I use it for CD-audio output from a Denon DVD-3930 player, to a Denon AVR-4308 receiver.
The sound is stunningly good. Deep, full and tight bass, with a totally clear soundstage which is wide and deep.
I tested it against the analogue: Chord Chameleon Silver Plus 1 mtr. - RCA, and this Clearer Audio is with ease a clear winner.
Maybe it's not a cable for analogue (distortion) sound lovers, because they might find this signal 'clinical', but I'll add an extra star to the 5* that What Hi-Fi gave.
Whilst nobody to date has been able to demonstrate in a double blind study that they can consistently identify an analogue interconnect, I can give some credit to the idea that analogue cables can make a difference. There are three possible effects, Resistive, Inductive or Capacitive. For a digital cable however, which carries an audio bit-stream perhaps 1 meter - this is not exactly pushing the boundaries. At those frequencies (44.1KHz), there are NO signal integrity issues, period. A digital 1 is received as a 1, a 0 is received as a 0. You can even connect it to an oscilloscope and see that the waveform is exactly the same whether you use a 10p digital cable or a 150 pound one. To claim that you can hear the difference may be well intentioned ,like people who think they can find water with a dousing rod, but it is equally absurd. Get one of your mates to switch the digital cables around, and then see if you could tell them apart. If we see the cable, it affects our expectations and hence our subjective perceptions. for example, when people saw a speaker painted red, they felt it sounded warm. When the same speaker was painted blue, they felt it sounded cold.
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