While I’ve had a highly resolving system for more than ten years now, I’ve only added exotic cables begrudgingly. They’re of course expensive and to my thinking, only offer improvements in the single digits of percentages. So, a Moon Audio Silver Dragon SPDIF coax and Audience Ohno Single ended interconnects and Mogami Gold XLR balanced were good enough. For speaker cables, until today 12ga oxygen free copper with stinger banana plugs were also good enough.
In anticipation of replacing my Focal Chorus 807V speakers in the next month, I finally broke down and bought Audience Ohno XLR, SPDIF Coax, and speaker cables. Luckily, most of it was significantly discounted as “Show Samples”(30% off) at thecableco.com. I honestly thought I’d have to listen for hours to hear a slight improvement here and there in some favorite songs but no. From the first song(DeBussy Suite Bergamasque) onward there was this wonderful black background and a huge increase in detail that was clearly present in every song I played. I’m embarrassed now. In this context at least, the change was akin to buying a new component, like a DAC or an Amp. I can’t believe cabling can have THIS much impact on the sound quality.
The system consists of an Allo Digione Signature streamer, a Chord 2Qute DAC, a PS Audio GDAC(preamp only) and a Bel Canto REF500S amp.