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In Reply to: RE: ESS Sabre Filter Settings posted by Duster on March 20, 2017 at 22:15:05
Hi Duster. When I got my X12 I must admit I didn't really give much thought to the Sharp and Slow settings; I just left it on the Sharp setting. But your post caught my interest and I began experimenting with the Slow setting. After playing a variety of music I'm very familiar with and switching back and forth between Sharp and Slow settings I can agree with what you found to be true. So now I have another useful tool at hand.
"With the 'Slow' setting, the subjective effect is not particularly "less relaxed", but the top-end is less spotlighted so the treble energy seems more subdued in comparison. This finding could contribute to a listener wanting to playback a particular track on the 'Slow" setting in order to have a more immersive soundstage presentation for example; a bit less front row perspective."
Another interesting finding is that the Sharp vs. Slow settings can be selected based on what make/model digital cable is being used.
With an Illuminati D-60 digital cable, the Sharp setting better optimizes the sonic signature of the cable, while the Slow setting is preferable for an Oyaide DR-510 digital cable.
While both digital cables feature a solid core silver center conductor, the presentations of the two cables are quite different, and the two filter settings can make a great impact for the better.
I have a Oyaide DR-510 digital cable and three (stranded wire) diy cables I made for digital use. Switching between the four cables I do hear subtle differences when switching from Fast to Slow. The diy cables sound just fine but the Oyaide DR-510 digital cable sounds best at the Slow setting.
Once again I realize everything makes a difference. Its all interconnected.
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