So I have been using XLR forever and prefer it. However I got a great deal on a nice DAC w/ a different topology (tube) and I really am enjoying it so far. These are made to order, I got it from a friend on AGon and it is RCA only. So this weekend I thought I would try a shootout with what meager cables I do have and see if I can hear any difference before I spend $$ on “new” cables (will look used and new of course). My stuff is pretty old:
Auricle Audio Kapton Teflon with twisted design and silver/copper wire.
“High end” (lol) Monster cables that look and feel good but may suck…
AudioQuest Red River & Carbon and other various unknowns
My questions are:
- What RCAs do you recommend/use between DAC and amp?
- What music do you play to try and discern differences when you add cables?
My guess is there is room for improvement over the “stellar” choices I have on hand. Price range is sub 500 which I certainly hope would do it. I would rather they be a bit bright than dark and would love to preserve the detail and image I am hearing, maybe improve on it.
Here are my test tracks (HD). Additions or thoughts?
Sara Bareilles - Kaleidoscope Heart
Boz Skaggs Thanks to You
ZZ Top- Blue Jean Blues
Thanks for any input…!!! I’ll research all suggestions…