The AQ Cinamon Optical cable arrived this morning and on opening the box I was not impressed. It is very thin where as the cable in place is almost as thick as TSCS. The impression improved when I plugged it in, the connections are tight and not loose as previously. The improvement in sound is a revelation with a veil being lifted accross the board with extra bass depth. Of course you cannot make a silk purse out of a sous year so the quality of source is still important. Quality You Tube videos are very listenacble now. The best sound is from the radio where there is no sync issue requiring a reduction in the sample rate. Classic Rock Radio sounds superb and its superior SQ to Planet Rock is more pronounced. I would strongly recommend this cable to anyone with a tv connected to a DAC with an Optical input.CN211276 wrote: ↑Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:40 pmI have pulled the trigger on this one after undertaking some research.
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I think the cheapie I have in place is sub standard because the connections are loose and the one in the Sky Q box sometimes comes out. I think Cinamon is the right level taking into acount the source and the Mscaler's upsampling needs to be halved to 352 kHz to prevent the audio and video being out of sync. I believe the extra expense of Carbon is only justified between the streamer and Mscaler.
From what I have read it would appear that better HDMI cables do improve picture quality. Something I will have to think about. The new tv was put on the back burner when the footy stopped, but now it is back on. Was looking at them pre lockdown and was most impressed by LG OELD. They have since brought out a smaller screen size more appropriate for the room. Very tempting as we can't go anywhere, are saving a lot of money are watching more tv.
I have AQ Carbon HDMI on order and it should arrive before the new tv is up and running.