Depends on length but you could probably get into a AQ Firebird for under $1k wire world platinum starlight 48 $800-$1000. Inakustik is well regarded but if you are willing to go to $1k and can use .75m a used dragon 48 could be found in the $1200 range a new $1500. Good luck with your search!
By the way, if you are looking for a 0.75 used Firebird 48, I have one advertised on USAudiomart and AudiophileStyle for $900
Is the “48” version THE Dragon HDMI cable to have?
Yes. The Dragon 48 is the only one that will play I2S. The eArc doesn’t pass I2S. Call Nick at TMR if you don’t want to pay MSRP.
Well that’s some good information. Wouldn’t think it wouldn’t pass a signal at all. Thanks.
Thank you Paul.
Hi Scotte, I have 100 hours on the Dragon going from my streamer to DS JR and it is a very special cable indeed. I’ve heard that it will even sound better up to 500 hours of use.