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Linked below, this AES/EBU digital cable looks good on paper -- no? 5N OFC conductors and polyethylene foam dielectric. To be sure, I don't know how to assess the "Swift" XLR connectors. But, at $61/meter shipped, any reason not to give it a try?
If it's recommended, any advice on ideal cable length? (I could get away with 0.5m and could obviously go longer.)
Although the dielectric is foamed PE rather than Teflon, I liked the specs of the Supra DAC-XLR digital cable until I noticed that the conductor is stranded rather than solid core, but that's just my peccadillo. The Supra XLR connector features copper contacts and a Noryl insulator with a lower dielectric constant than the nylon insulator of a typical pro audio XLR connector, so it's possibly a good-sounding connector for the purpose. If you can buy the Supra DAC-XLR digital balanced interconnect with right of return, I would be curious to know what you think of it. The shortest length available is 1 meter according the Supra Cables website.
Supra's seemingly discontinued Supra Cat7+ FRHF Network Patch Cable features 22 AWG solid core bare copper conductors with foamed PE dielectric, and I find it to sound excellent when connected between my modem/router and iMac computer for streaming audio purposes; much better than typical stranded generic and Belkin Ethernet cables, IME. The newer Supra Ethernet cable features stranded conductors, but I have no experience of it.
A lot of Supra cables use tinned copper and sound very good. It will demonstrate that tinned copper can sound very good like the Western Electric and Dueland cables which are my favorites
I have not posted anything in opposition to the current trend in tin plated stranded copper Western Electric and Dueland cable builds. I've even posted good things about the tin plated Supra LoRad 2.5 power cord as a low-budget option vs. a typical 18 AWG stock power cord. If I sometimes opine against the notion of a silver or tin plated copper conductor, or a solid core vs. a stranded conductor, it should be seen as an IMO/IME, on my part. The important thing is whether or not a listener better enjoys their own audio system due to the use of any audio cable they have found to be of audiophile benefit for their own wants/needs. If I indicate that I prefer a pure copper or a pure silver, a solid core vs. a stranded conductor for any given application, it's based on my own findings, that like yourself we both enjoy sharing in the forum.
I never meant to imply that you have said anything against tin plated copper. I was just putting it out there as general information
I'm a fan of solid core too...especially for digital.
With that said, Supra cables seem to do a very good job.
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