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2016 Snapshots

From T.H.E. Show Newport

PureStream coax digital cable in graphite sheathing
PureStream coax digital cable in graphite sheathing

A summary of Enjoy The Music’s High-End Audio Best Value award to Aurum Cantus, Wells Audio, and Danacables concluded: “My listening notes say the music sounded very smooth and all day listenable. It is the type of sound you can sit back, relax and bask within the lovingly transparent highs and soothing deep bass as the midrange washes over your soul. Deeee-lish! And considering the very reasonable price of the powerful Wells Audio Majestic integrated amplifier, excellent quality Melody M-102SE three-way floorstanding tower speakers and superb Dana Cables… this is a great combo!”

From AXPONA

Lazuli HF cable for HifiMan headphones
Lazuli HF cable for HifiMan headphones

Of Danacable’s Lazulis for the HifiMan HE-560 headphone, Brian Moura of Positive Feedback wrote: “Another entry in the upgraded headphone cable field is DanaCable with their new Lazuli cables for Abyss, Audeze, Dharma, HiFi Man and Sennheiser headphones. This is a new addition to the company’s successful line of interconnects, speaker cable and AC Power cable. Dana Robbins from DanaCable was demonstrating a new headphone amp he is developing with an interesting twist. He had two HiFi Man HE-560 headphones connected to the prototype headphone amp and a music source. One had the stock HE-560 cables while the other had a pair of the DanaCable Lazuli for HE-560 cables ($650) attached. You could do an A/B test on the spot by switching between the two while listening to the same track. I gave the test a try and was able to hear a clear improvement with the Lazuli equipped HE-560. DanaCable was also demonstrating a Lazuli replacement cable usable for the HiFi Man HE-1000 and HiFi Man Edition X headphones ($650 – $850). I bought one of these Lazuli cables and have been testing it on my home office system with a pair of Edition X headphones. The Lazuli cable definitely improves the sound of the Edition X headphones and takes them to another level. If you have the Edition X headphones, you will want a pair of the Lazuli cables.”

A member of the AudioCircle forum also reported on the A/B test: g. “Dana cables had a stock cable vs. their own cable A/B test and the difference was enormous. It was kind of going up one price level in headphones by just swapping the cable.”

From Head-Fi Forum

A forum member gave the following assessment of Danacable’s Lazulis for the Sennheiser HD800 headphone: “It’s expensive, but the change is not subtle. Much more bass, much smoother treble, much more forward and musical mids. The sound is incredibly full and much easier on the ears, even compared to the good cables. Sounds the most like a real, live performance. I feel like detail with the Lazuli starts to push into SR-009 territory. It almost makes the HD800 a different (and superior) headphone, IMO. It’s the real deal for sure. Not certain why I still find the DHC cable a bit more emotionally expressive. In many ways I like them equally.”