Don't mess with the hi-fi! Or Pandora's box got reopened
I'm tempted to blame @29mile who, a few weeks ago, asked me which digital interconnect I was using But I'm not going to blame him. This is a story of 'best keep your hands off the hi-fi' if ever there was one. And they're my hands.
I didn't know what the interconnect was then. I still don't, as it seems unbranded. I suppose it may even be half a stereo set from somewhere, god forbid.
Anyhow, I've been rummaging around in my bag of interconnects and found a similarly unbranded RCA S/PDIF cable, but with some nice Neutrik terminations. The cable is sheathed in red and is some kind of solid core construction.
I have a theory of what it is, but I won't mention its possible identity because I never mention that brand. Maybe someone who sold me it or gave me such a lead to try out could put me out of my misery and allow me to relax that it's not the brand I prefer not to mention.
So, what's it sound like, Dave? Very different from what was in place. It would have to, or there would be no point in this post!
My wife loves it. To her mind, there's no competition. That's because singers are so realistic we couldn't believe it. But I mainly listen to instrumental music. So the singer thing doesn't cut too much ice.
But the red lead (let's call it that for now) does texture and detail much better than the dark green lead (similar rationale to the other's nomenclature). And the red lead seems to restore the drive that had been lost with the Allo Digione Signature (not a big thing, but I can convince myself that a bit is missing).
The problem is that a lot of the wonderful warm acoustic and front-to-back sound stage has gone. What a disappointment! And, together, they're a big plus for the dark green lead.
I'm sticking with the red lead for the moment. It's clearly the better lead, but I'm not sure I can do without the sound stage stuff that comes with the green lead.
Any recommendations for S/PDIF RCA interconnects?