Before I upgraded my A2 speakers to Focal CMS40 for my entertainment center it was running with SVS SB12-NSD. Sydney cable feeding the sub, Angel cable to the A2 speakers.
Originally Posted by Scott Nicolson ""Get an Audioquest Angel RCA-RCA cable ($1200 for 1.5m, $1400 2m) for your speakers. You don't have to get Angel cable for your sub. Get an Audioquest Sydney ($200) RCA-RCA cable for your sub (Audioengine S8)."
If I'm running a toslink to my dac then having the audioquest style cable is overkill? Obviously from the DAC onwards its an analogue signal but Im just a bit wary of paying a buttload of money for cables when its not required. How do they sound compared to standard gold plated RCA's
Using a toslink connection isn't overkill at all. Yes going DAC onward is analog and having very good performing (not Monoprice or Bluejean) cables is vital. The D1 DAC itself provides rather poor very forwarding, absorbent and fatty sound and only get worse with mediocre interconnects.
Sounds funny upgrading A5 speakers to A2 but there is something about the cabin design and mid-woofer driver size of the A2 gives you better mid range sound. They are crisper and has tighter / harder bass that A5's can't provide. Couple them with SVS SB12-NSD, if you tune them right (lower the bass output) they become a great synergy. Couple it with Audioquest Sydney or Angel cable will give you even greater increase in the detail of the bass as well as more details throughout mid range and highs. The dynamics will be increased as well as the depth of the soundstage in the highs. You will get about 2 to 3 more additional sound elements (instrument notes) out of the speakers. Your music will sound much cleaner, opposite of mushiness or sponginess, meaning great increase in transparency. But I bet you the Audioengine S8 will be even better synergy with the A2's.
As for the cable, if Angel cable ($1200) is too much for you, try out the Audioquest Sydney RCA cable from your DAC to speakers (both A5's or A2's and sub). If you are skeptic about this go to thecableco.com and try out their home trial from their cable library as they have all sorts of cables. They'll charge you 5% of the value of the cable you want to borrow for two weeks. You will thank me later once you try out one of these cables because there is a big difference in sound. For your Toslink connection make sure you don't use the toslink-mini adapter as they add great amount of electrical noise.
Good luck,Edited by IamAnoobieCheez - 11/18/12 at 5:44am