Cables and even more cables
Skoll made me want to find the best cables possible for it...
A lot of this is based on the first cable comparison I did a while ago:
Hybrid XLR - Mundorf SGF for signal and tinned copper braid, both in cotton
My reference and likely the best cable I've made
Best resolution and notably also very dynamic sounding
Still, I'd describe the tonality as relaxed, somewhat midrangey, too
Also the transients are smooth, almost rounded, some might prefer a zippier cable
Test setup: Lyra Delos -Supra shielded tinned copper- Skoll XLR in - RCA comparison cables - Ragnarok
Want to find a replacement for the Supra cable I use for the Skoll XLR input:
ACW 105 in PTFE
Has that harder PTFE sound that I know some would prefer over the cotton cables
Still, it holds up incredibly well, seems really well tuned
Also quite resolving
SGW 105 in cotton
More resolving and more precise imaging than the ACWs
Also quite a bit softer sounding
Tonality is similar, though
SGW115 in cotton
Yes, this is one thick and stiff cable, has to be bent into shape!
Surprisingly not any more full-bodied than the thinner cables
Not really an advantage to using such a thick wire
The cotton does make it softer sounding, though. Maybe more boring as a result.
I do prefer tinned copper to regular copper...
Ugh, this is such a thick sounding cable, though
Transparency takes a notable hit
Eliminated almost immediately
Duelund AC 0.4 is interesting, though. It's what I use for my HD800 to tame the upper treble
I have some AC 0.4 left over, but I wouldn't use it for the turntable.
(Too warm sounding and I think SGW is technically better)
Silver in oversized Teflon tubing
Sounds somewhat unrestrained relative to the SGW in cotton
As a result I also find it somewhat u shaped sometimes, has some treble zing and upper bass smear
Depends on what you're used to. If you like copper this may be for you
Technicalities are somewhat worse than the SGW
I do enjoy the midrange tone and clarity, may sound too aggressive, though
Overall I think the treble is a dealbreaker for me on aggressive material (Nirvana, for example)
I think I even prefer the ACW
Skoll makes me questen if digital can be this good, it's that good.
AirPods Pro 2
SBAF-Serious FR Target for speaker measurements
SBAF-Serious FR Target for IF measurements