Best cable when connected to PS Audio Memory Player?


#1

Hello guys,

I’m a new owner of PS Audio DirectStream and PS Audio Memory Player. I’m wondering which type of cable (I2S, Coax, Optical, etc.) is the best to connect them. Plus, shall I buy an expensive cable, or a general cable is enough for them?

Thanks,

James Yu


#2

Welcome, James!

I2S has a clock on a separate wire. It thus can be less jitter sensitive than AES/EBU, S/PDIF or TOSLink. On the DirectStream this is less of an issue than with many DACs, but it is nice to take advantage of every possible improvement. I place AES/EBU as second best.

I would start with a basic HDMI cable, get accustomed to the sound, and then try something audiophile approved to see if you hear a difference.


#3
Elk said Welcome, James!

I2S has a clock on a separate wire. It thus can be less jitter sensitive than AES/EBU, S/PDIF or TOSLink. On the DirectStream this is less of an issue than with many DACs, but it is nice to take advantage of every possible improvement. I place AES/EBU as second best.

I would start with a basic HDMI cable, get accustomed to the sound, and then try something audiophile approved to see if you hear a difference.


Thanks for the help! How much difference can you tell between a basic HDMI cable and an audiophile approved cable?

#4

Try a good short hdmi the shorter the better.

There is improvement to be heard with better shorter cables. Ps audio sells them as well


#5

More accurate to say “PS Audio sold them.” For some time they were not selling any lengths shorter than 3M (and only the AC10 silver-coated copper wire version). At the moment they may have run out of those, none seem available.

I use the PS Audio top of the line silver one, the AC-12 HDMI cable, which I have in both 1M and .5M lengths. Both lengths sound the same to me with the DS. These are the best sounding HDMI cables I’ve used in this application.