I’ve currently got a system I use for referencing music and it sounds a bit bright sometimes and know this isn’t the quality of some recordings.
The current system is computer based. The computer and all audio components are plugged in with Wireworld Electra 7 power cables, that plug into an IFI PowerStation Conditoner and every power product uses QSA Yellow Fuses in the right direction.
So far i’ve tested a different USB cable which is the Analysis Plus Pure Silver which makes the balance even worse.
I am looking to retain the same amount of sound stage and detail or increase it whilst fixing the tonality.
At the moment, the only USB cables I have in mind are the Curious Evolved and Audioquest Coffee.
For the XLR Cables, i’m looking at OCC grade copper as the minimum requirement, air dielectric, and higher quality connectors than Neutrik. The only options I can think of at the moment are Curious XLR and Analysis Plus Crystal Apex.
Would anyone be able to recommend the next steps, comment on the mentioned products or name any other products that could assist me in my sound goal?
Knowing your speakers and speaker cable would help. I’m not familiar with your electronics so my suggestion is just that. I had both the Curious and Curios Evolved USB cables and did not care for either. Thin sounding with an over emphasis on leading edge and transients in my system. They ran from an Innuos ZENith MK3 to a PSA DSD Mk 1. I changed to Wire World Platinum Starlight 7 (WWPS7 USB) problem solved. The WWPS7 is supposedly a step up. As I am content with the WWPS7 I have not upgraded.
It will be a matter of picking the correct streamer, within one’s budget, but stepping up from a PC streamer could result in a significant improvement. Not familiar with the Topping D90 DAC hard to say if it is part of the concern as well. Same for the Topping A90 amplifier, it’s a hard call not being familiar with the Topping house sound.
Many thanks for your recommendation, I currently use this setup to monitor music in DAWs for music mastering so I won’t be able to move from my PC as the file source in this case.
Topping Audio more or less go for a perfect neutrality sound which is one of the main brands for mastering music. Due to this sound, if a cable doesn’t have the right balance it will make the setup sound like it has a bit of edge to it.
You would be correct in that regard, its meant to be tuned in a cold way so mastering engineers can point out flaws in tracks to correct.
The problem is getting the right balance on this setup to make it sound neutral. I’ve gotten closer with the recent change to a Wireworld USB but its still a bit off so i’m thinking the XLRs may be the next bet.
Where are your speakers located in relation to items/walls close by? Are your speakers aimed directly at you? Aimed 3 feet behind the listening chair? Straight ahead?
The 1st thing to try is less toe-in, and is free to try.
If adjusting for less toe-in does not work, you might want to look into Cardas Cross hdmi cable and Cardas Parsec XLR
I should have been more specific in my post, I do use speakers but they aren’t currently the main units used in my setup.
This setup is for picking out flaws in music to correct for clients so I tend to use a pair of Audeze LCD-X/LCD-4Z headphones for their Translation qualities that allow music to be converted to speakers seamlessly.
I would personally try to borrow either a different DAC or Amp. Chasing cables at this point isn’t going to buy you much. Given the choice I would start with the DAC. You can find used DAC’s like the Benchmark DAC3 HGC, Schiit Yggdrasil, RME ADI-2 DAC FS, and the Chord Electronics Qutest for very good prices.
I stumbled across the Pink Faun brand recently, and was wondering what people thought about the digital cables; thanks for mentioning that cable as a suggestion.
I’m wondering if there are any other cheaper options than this cable that can get me a similar result.
I’ve bumped into a couple of other brands such as Ricable, Tubulus and Revelation Audio Labs for digital cables. Do you happen to have any experience with these brands or know anyone else who could comment on this?