As my reference, I’m currently using the Iconoclast UPOCC XLR from my DAVE and TToby and the Iconoclast OFE speaker cables. Admittedly, I do lose a little bit of transparency and detail via DAVE’s XLR output. However, when volume matched, I get a much larger and fuller sound with XLR. The tonal color is also slightly more natural.
Certainly, a cable could measure the same and still sound different. Iconoclast puts a nail in the coffin on this debate. The kicker? The Iconoclast cables sound great – and measures well.
Objective vs. Subjective
The merits of subjectively are obvious. But what were the benefit of having optimal materials, geometry, and low LCR values?
Well, unless I have these crazy expensive measurement devices to do listening tests, I won’t know for certain. I’m sure Galen would have some insight. But the one thing I’ve realized when listening to all the variants – there’s always a “rightness” to each of these cables.
Whether it be in resolution, body, or warmth. The theme seemed to be “unimpeded.” The UPOCC obviously has all of those qualities in spades, but my point is that these qualities usually come with glaring faults. Perhaps some grain, sharpness, or spectral imbalance. But all of the Iconoclast cables have confidence, smoothness, and control in how it presents music. It’s possible your search may end with Iconoclast cables. I highly, highly recommend a listen.
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