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In Reply to: RE: For what application? posted by Duster on February 01, 2012 at 16:23:17
The cable will go between a Wavelength Proton USB DAC and Sound Matters foxLv2 speakers. The length could be .5 or 1 meter. I guess I'd like to spend less than $100 on the cable but I could spend a little more if necessary. The cable will be frequently folded up and unfolded.
Have you considered using the line-level rca outputs of the DAC instead of the 1/8" headphone output jack of the DAC to connect it to the powered speakers input (via an interconnect cable with rca plugs at one end, and a 1/8" mini-plug at the other)? However, I don't know if the special software driven analog volume control function will work for the line-level rca outputs of the DAC, nor if the input impedance of the powered speakers 1/8" stereo input is suitable for a line-level signal source (or if there's enough gain for that matter). In any event, while I have no direct experience of them, AudioQuest's Golden Gate Interconnects have piqued my interest as a modest-cost level option:
The Proton's volume control does in fact work via the RCA plugs (I plug the Proton directly into my Bryston amp) so I should be looking into a cable like that. Is this the way to go?
Any other suggestions?
You can always make your own. Canare Quad is a good cable and works well for the application. You can spend whatever you like on a pair of RCA plugs and a 3.5mm (1/8") TRS plug plus whatever you wish to dress the cable with if you want it to look purdy. The Canare comes in a smaller diameter as well. Both are very flexible, the mini even moreso.
That link to the AudioQuest Golden Gate Interconnect cable would be correct.
Another option would be to obtain a 3.5mm stereo mini-plug to stereo rca jacks adapter and use a pair of conventional high-quality rca interconnect cables in order to implement separate cables for right and left channels to avoid potential crosstalk. A bit more bulky to carry around, though. If the combined diameter is not too large, a pair of rca interconnect cables may be re-terminated with a 3.5mm stereo mini-plug that can accommodate larger diameter cables (such as those from Canare and Valab).
I do think I'd like to get an all-in-one cable. Any other suggestions for RCA-> 1/8" besides AudioQuest's Golden Gate?
The Cardas Fat Pipe iLink is what I would opt for -- I've found nothing but high praise via Google. See link:
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