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    I'm looking for something in the $200-300 price range for 1.5m cable. I am moving my laptop closer to DAC so I can get away with shorter length. Thinking about Cardas Clear, Audioquest Coffee, DH Labs Silver Sonic Mirage, Clarus Cable Crimson. New or used ok. Either no sonic color added, or if any, slightly towards the warm side is ok. Thanks
    SOURCE: VINYL -NO TABLE, NO ARM, - (Air Tight PC-1 Supreme Is For Sale), Benz LPS-mr. DIGITAL - Marantz SA-11S3 sacd/cd/dac. PHONOSTAGE: AudioNet PAM G2 with AudioNet EPS G2 power supply. PREAMP: Audionet PRE G2. AMPLIFIER: Audionet AMP monoblocks. SPEAKERS: YG Acoustics Anat III Signatures (passive) w/ YG binding posts. CABLES: Kubala-Sosna.....Audio Desk Systeme RCM, Adona Rack, GIK room treatment

  • #2
    Tom, I would recommend finding a used TotalDac cable or maybe s used Sablon Audio one.
    Speakers: Vandersteen Model 7s, 4 M&K ST-150Ts, 1 VCC-5; Amplification: 2 Vandersteen M7-HPAs, CI Audio D200 MKII, Ayre V-6xe; Preamp: Doshi Audio Line Stage v3.0; Phono Pre: Doshi Audio V3 Phono Pre; Analog: Basis 2200 Signature with Calibration Base, Vector 4 Tonearm, Lyra Etna SL; Reel to Reel: Technics RS-1500; Doshi Tape Pre-Amp; Studer A810; Tascam BR-20; Multi-channel: Bryston SP-3; Digital: Custom PC> Lampizator Big 7 DAC, Oppo BDP-105;

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    • #3
      Originally posted by dminches View Post
      Tom, I would recommend finding a used TotalDac cable or maybe s used Sablon Audio one.
      The totaldac cable reviews look great. So the price shipped for a 2m to me is $441 total. That is the D1 cable without filter. I'm guessing that's what you mean? He offers a filter for almost $2k.
      SOURCE: VINYL -NO TABLE, NO ARM, - (Air Tight PC-1 Supreme Is For Sale), Benz LPS-mr. DIGITAL - Marantz SA-11S3 sacd/cd/dac. PHONOSTAGE: AudioNet PAM G2 with AudioNet EPS G2 power supply. PREAMP: Audionet PRE G2. AMPLIFIER: Audionet AMP monoblocks. SPEAKERS: YG Acoustics Anat III Signatures (passive) w/ YG binding posts. CABLES: Kubala-Sosna.....Audio Desk Systeme RCM, Adona Rack, GIK room treatment

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      • #4
        Originally posted by tom_hankins View Post

        The totaldac cable reviews look great. So the price shipped for a 2m to me is $441 total. That is the D1 cable without filter. I'm guessing that's what you mean? He offers a filter for almost $2k.
        I am not sure what the filter is. The cable I bought has the box attached. That can't be the filter since I paid $300 for it used.
        Speakers: Vandersteen Model 7s, 4 M&K ST-150Ts, 1 VCC-5; Amplification: 2 Vandersteen M7-HPAs, CI Audio D200 MKII, Ayre V-6xe; Preamp: Doshi Audio Line Stage v3.0; Phono Pre: Doshi Audio V3 Phono Pre; Analog: Basis 2200 Signature with Calibration Base, Vector 4 Tonearm, Lyra Etna SL; Reel to Reel: Technics RS-1500; Doshi Tape Pre-Amp; Studer A810; Tascam BR-20; Multi-channel: Bryston SP-3; Digital: Custom PC> Lampizator Big 7 DAC, Oppo BDP-105;

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        • #5
          It comes with attached small box. Says D1 on top.
          SOURCE: VINYL -NO TABLE, NO ARM, - (Air Tight PC-1 Supreme Is For Sale), Benz LPS-mr. DIGITAL - Marantz SA-11S3 sacd/cd/dac. PHONOSTAGE: AudioNet PAM G2 with AudioNet EPS G2 power supply. PREAMP: Audionet PRE G2. AMPLIFIER: Audionet AMP monoblocks. SPEAKERS: YG Acoustics Anat III Signatures (passive) w/ YG binding posts. CABLES: Kubala-Sosna.....Audio Desk Systeme RCM, Adona Rack, GIK room treatment

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          • #6
            I have 4 modestly priced USB's, of which my favorite on the MSB Select II is the Curious Cable. the Lightspeed was close to the Curious Cable but the Curious was a bit more fleshed out. the Lush is not compatible with my MSB so cannot say how it performs.

            I have the Lush, DaVinci Lightspeed ($600) and the older Totaldac.

            I would reasonably sell any/all of those three. PM me if interested.

            I plan on maybe stepping up to an 'uber' USB when I determine whether I will be switching to Ethernet or not with the new MSB Renderer. right now i'm USB with the SGM server.

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            • #7
              Since you are using a laptop have you tried a simple usb 3.0 usb cAble from beldon ?
              A spect grade use cable is fine to try and most all Audio grade usb cables are not to a correct spec.
              The output imp and input imp of your dac too cause some jitter that effects the sound. Reading reviews of usb cables maybe helpful but be aware the resultant sound in our own use varies greatly at times due to the above mentioned.
              Another option is does your fact need the 5 volt dc power in your cable ? If not try a power cut adaptor cheap and does a very notible Inprovemt. Usb cables do change the sound no doubt but you would be surprised how a dirt cheap name brand spect cable sound. I say name brand as in beldon or other reputable wire manufacturers. Exotic brands while exceptional at times are not spect grade.
              If used to program any input board by usb it’s always reccomnded by manufactur to use a simple spec grade cable wonder why lol.

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              • Kingrex
                Kingrex commented
                Editing a comment
                I have heard a couple ferrite magnet rings with the plastic case that wrap around a cable really close the gap on sonic performance between a $15 usb and an expensive one. I think someone said the sonic gains did not improve much more after about 8 per cable. A 10 pack on amazon is about $5.

            • #8
              Although it’s substantially more expensive than your indicated price range, the best USB cable I have yet to hear is the most basic of the three USB cables offered by Stealth Audio. Closer to your price range, my choice woukf be the AudioQuest Carbon.
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              • tom_hankins
                tom_hankins commented
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                I just sold my 5m Carbon. Was thinking of moving up to the Coffee, but have been told it can be a little bright compared to the carbon.

            • #9
              The SR Core is just a little over Budget but worth it. Also, Purist audio makes some amazing Digital cables. Mainly because they sound about as un-digital as you can get...
              Core Digital UEF USB Cable - The Cable Company carries Synergistic Research audio cables and accessories.

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              • #10
                Tom if you are coming from the AQ Carbon and want a upgrade that still has the same strengths and much more, you need to check that SR Core cable...

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                • #11
                  Thanks for all the help!
                  SOURCE: VINYL -NO TABLE, NO ARM, - (Air Tight PC-1 Supreme Is For Sale), Benz LPS-mr. DIGITAL - Marantz SA-11S3 sacd/cd/dac. PHONOSTAGE: AudioNet PAM G2 with AudioNet EPS G2 power supply. PREAMP: Audionet PRE G2. AMPLIFIER: Audionet AMP monoblocks. SPEAKERS: YG Acoustics Anat III Signatures (passive) w/ YG binding posts. CABLES: Kubala-Sosna.....Audio Desk Systeme RCM, Adona Rack, GIK room treatment

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