Category: Cables

The Audiophile’s Short List – The Best Digital Coaxial Cables

With the release of the Chord Electronics Blu Mk.2 and recently announced Chord Electronics Hugo M Scaler, I’ve gotten many inquiries about the best digital BNC cables to use. These digital products still sound great with stock cables but, as you’ll see, there are huge gains with a better digital cable. With a more affordable M…


Synergistic Research Excite Interconnects and Speaker Cables, MiGs, and Tranquility Base UEF

We’re finally here! The last piece of our full loom series for Synergistic Research.  We’ll also be closing it out with a Synergistic Research factory tour. We’ve had quite the adventure– starting with the Active Ground Block SE and accessories like their fuses, moving onto their power products, and room acoustic products. In addition to going…


In the Frying Pan: Audience Au24 SX – Full Loom Edition

The ‘In the Frying Pan’ series is our way of giving our readers a preview of what’s coming up and some of the things we’re working on lately, some initial impressions, and thoughts.  Look for the full piece soon! Most of us approach our systems in a piecemeal fashion – we hear a single component…


Totaldac d1 USB Gigafilter Cable Review

You’ve seen the award-winning Totaldac DACs and servers at many high-end shows. They’re difficult to miss due to their elegant boxy, glossy, black and yellow-lit appearance. Vincent Brient, the founder of Totaldac, had his beginnings as a telecommunication technician in the French Silicon Valley. Due to the cost of some high-end DACS, he started building active…


ZenWave Audio D5 RCA Interconnect Review – A Solid-State Dream

When I first saw the prices of some of these brand-name audiophile interconnects, I immediately thought “Forget it, I’ll just make one myself. It can’t be that difficult or expensive.” After a few DIY projects of my own, I’ve quickly realized how time-consuming and costly developing a cable (that’s synergistic to your system) could be. One…


Danacable Lazuli Ultra Headphone Cable Review – A Lazuli Shootout with my Abyss Phi

I have been using the Dana Cable Lazuli on my stock Sennheiser HD800 and Lazuli Reference on my Focal Utopia since early fall 2016 and early spring 2017 respectively. Both are pure copper designs and I found the Lazuli Reference sound signature a very good sounding compliment with my Utopia (a solid performer up and…


Danacable TruStream USB Cable – An Audiophile Champion

As reviewers, we’re blessed with the opportunity to audition a large variety of cables from the industry’s top designers. I’ve dedicated most of 2017 to cable listening and, at this point, I’ve heard at least a couple hundred audiophile cables of all sorts. This includes RCA interconnects, USB cables, power cables, and ethernet cables. My biggest…