Is there a concensus out there for which may be the best rca digital cable in this price range? This will be used with my Stello DA220 DAC. Thanks.
Almost any S/PDIF 75 ohm cable terminated in RCA is going to offer compromised performance; nearly all RCA connectors are incapable of maintaining the correct 2:1 ratio necessary for correct impedance. Ideally, your termination should be a 75 ohm BNC (there is also a 50 ohm BNC -- its inner wall is thicker.) To reduce cable reflections, some people recommend a minimum length of 1.5 metres... others feel 1 metre works.
The Apogee Wyde Eye is a very affordable digital cable (about or under $50 a metre) that offers excellent sound/performance, especially given the price. The mids and treble are not as smooth as the Kimber D-60 (formerly Illuminati), but, the Apogee is a fraction of the cost. However, you can get a 1/2 metre of D-60 for about $199.00, so, it's within your budget. The Kimber is a better cable, but, the short length might not be ideal. If you can audition them, it would be best to let your ears be the judge. Make sure to burn them in a couple hundred hours -- the sound changes with use.
Thanks for the feedback Jeff. How about stereovox? are they any good?
I haven't been in the market for a digital cable in a long time, so, can't say for sure since I haven't heard them in my own system. However, I suspect Stereovox would be a good option, especially since the designer is Chris Sommovigo, who designed the original Illuminati digital cables (which I like very much and still use in my headphone rig.)
Jeff, I bought a stereovox xv-2 1 meter cable. Smooth as a baby's bottom, I really didn't think it'd make such a difference. I was using a $100 monster digital cable, which, by direct comparison sounded harsh, very aggresive and emphasized leading edges too much. I've never been a fan of 'exotic' cable manufacturers with astronomic prices; some of them with very little science behind their claims. In this particular case, it's not even close.
Cool! I'm glad it worked out for you. Funny, isn't it? At first it seems counterintuitive that a digital cable could make such a difference. Years ago, when I was first checking out cables for one of my DACs, it took virtually no time at all to hear the difference in the smeary, bloated sound an Audioquest AES/EBU offered and the clarity of an Apogee and Illuminati.
You guys are just trying to get Dup's blood pressure up. Cables don't make no stinkin' difference.
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Explain what you talkin' bout, "emphasized leading edges". Leading edge of which pulse? you gotta be halucinating really? If it's all the critical why does the BenchMark DAC give me adaptors to use RCA to BNC and vice versa...if there was such a dramatic influnce in sound due to this impedance mismatch, don't ya think they would disallow it to be used? BenchMark is supposed to be such a super duper DAC, now why would they comprimise it's excellence by allowing it? Perhaps it don't matter?
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I just bought a (NOS) 1.5 meter Nordost Moonglow 2 from Upscale for $139, delivered. Smooth, detailed, non-fatiguing. It may not be the last word in hyped-up resolution, but I think it sounds great.
I think you will be suprised at just how good the Acoustic Zen Mc2 digital cable performs. Here is one for $180 obo.