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I recently bought a used Wadia 151 PowerDAC Mini and, among the other things that came with it, was a Wadia digital coax cable. It appears to be a solid conductor thin dielectric cable reminiscent of Black Cat or Nordost digital wires.
Is this a decent cable for an upper-mid desktop setup?
Opinions on double blind testing, confirmation bias, and binary "it either works or it doesn't" are not what I'm after. Thanks all.
Generally imo solid core makes for a better digital cable. However all bets are off when you let your ears decide what sounds best.
I say, plug it in, use it for a few hundred hours and let your ears tell you the truth as they see [hear] it.
Since I am not familiar with the particular cable, I can only comment on its appearance. The cable may or may not be what it seems, but the rca connectors are nothing special, especially for a 75 ohm digital application, so if it were mine to do, I would experiment by re-terminating the coaxial cable with a high-performance 75 ohm friendly rca connector and termination method. Otherwise, I suggest also investing in a digital cable upgrade, even if you re-terminate the Wadia digital cable, since a reference-quality cable for comparison could be a vital way to evaluate its performance level.
I have some cables I will compare the Wadia to, including Black Cat, Straightwire (Info-Link), Transparent Premium, Nordost Moon-Glo II, Wireworld (several), Cullen Cable, Blue Jeans, Stereovox, Goldmund Lineal, Supra Trico, Kimber Illuminati, and probably others I'm forgetting.
I'm intrigued with this cable because Wadia knows what they're doing when it comes to digital and this is the first I've ever heard about them making a cable.
After comparison with the others, how does it sound?
Since you have many other digital coaxial cables for your evaluation, I'm sure you will have a good handle to compare it with. As for Wadia knowing what they are doing when it comes to digital, not all audio component manufactures believe in esoteric audiophile notions about audio cables and power cords, so I would not expect Wadia to be on top of things as much as one might hope for in this regard. Not to say they don't care about such things, but if the Wadia digital cable was included with the Wadia component, it could be that they intended it to be a better sounding option than a typical freebee cable that is sometimes included in the box, but not quite as high-performance as what a more expensive design might offer. I'd be curious to know how you might find the Wadia digital cable to sound vs. the Kimber Illuminati digital cable in your system.
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