DH Labs Silver Sonic USB Cables

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Has anyone tried these? I just ordered their HP cables in 3m length because they had a black friday sale and I've been wanting to see if there is a difference between digital cables (I was skeptical). First impression was they seemed quieter than the $19.99 Staples printer cable I've been using. By the 4th song in my reference collection I had this sickening feeling that something was terribly wrong. EGADS! They were sucking the life out of my music! I put in my cheapie printer cable (was actually an expensive cable for printers if there is such a thing :D ) and the music came back to life! Soundstage came back to it's awesome glory and vocals moved forward about 3 feet. Should I send these back as defective?
Gustard X26 Pro DAC
Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables
Harman Kardon T65C w/Grado Gold. (Don't laugh. It sounds great!)


There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January. by Dr. Sardonicus

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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,598
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    Maybe you're more of an inkjet printer vs a laser printer type of guy.
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 5,432
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    Clipdat wrote: »
    Maybe you're more of an inkjet printer vs a laser printer type of guy.

    You may be onto something there! :D
    Gustard X26 Pro DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables
    Harman Kardon T65C w/Grado Gold. (Don't laugh. It sounds great!)


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January. by Dr. Sardonicus
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,598
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    Obligatory "it needs to break-in" comment!
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,598
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    Doesn't really help you and not really related to your original post, but I ordered a few of these a while back and thought they sounded good for the price: https://www.ebay.com/itm/265155084250
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 5,432
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    So I, out of sheer luck, was looking for other cables when I remembered another thread about Revelation Audio Labs cables being crazy good and came across this.
    http://www.revelationaudiolabs.com/cables-digital/#USB
    Regarding their Prophecy CryoSilver Reference DualConduit USB 2.0 Digital Link cable which separates the power portion of the USB to eliminate unwanted noise and distortion. So I started doing some sleuthing on who else does this and what, if possible, this does to the sound. Apparently this makes a HUGE difference. So, WTH, I'm testing my cables and my printer cable that I'm using has NO 5v continuity on it's pin! @Clipdat, you are a genius! Some printers do not need the 5v hand shake as they are internally powered. They only need the ground for clocking (or something) whatever that means.

    Also found a cheap way of testing if your DAC is internally powered.

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    Gustard X26 Pro DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables
    Harman Kardon T65C w/Grado Gold. (Don't laugh. It sounds great!)


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January. by Dr. Sardonicus
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,598
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    Interesting. Right now I'm using the Audience Au24 SE+ USB cable which has a separate physical wire for power which then re-joins at the connector. The concept is the same though, getting the power physically distanced from the data.
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,554
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    Clipdat wrote: »
    Interesting. Right now I'm using the Audience Au24 SE+ USB cable which has a separate physical wire for power which then re-joins at the connector. The concept is the same though, getting the power physically distanced from the data.

    There are several maker of cable doing that now. I first seen it with a Pangea cable.