The Danacable Lazuli Story: Which Lazuli Is Right for You?

Danacable introduced Lazuli cables for headphones at the SoCal CanJam in 2016. Our first Lazuli featured more than 600 individual strands of OFC copper Litz wires and was a hit at the show. After a direct A/B comparison between the Lazuli and the stock cable for the HifiMan HE-1000 headphones, show-goers universally agreed that the Lazuli represented a significant upgrade from the stock cable. Rave reviews soon followed from Jack Skowron of Headphone Guru , from Jay Luong of Audio Bacon, and from FLTWS on Head-Fi.

Capitalizing on that successful introduction, in October 2016, Dana Robbins came out with a Lazuli Reference cable that doubled the number of OFC copper wires to >1200 strands and created a buzz on the Head-Fi Forums. Danacable’s reputation as a leading after-market for hi-end headphones was reinforced by reviews by Dave Hanson of Enjoy The Music, by Gary Alan Barker and Peter Pialis of Headphone Guru. In March 2017, Jay Luong of Audio Bacon picked the Lazuli Reference as the best cable for Focal’s ever popular Utopia, establishing it as the go-to cable for the Utopia.

Not resting on his laurels, Dana came out with the Lazuli Ultra in early 2018 with even more OFC copper wires and a touch of silver for a more extended top end. It was featured in reviews by One Old Audiophile on Audio Bacon and FLTWS on Head-Fi.

In October 2018, at the Rocky Mountain Audiofest, Dana unveiled the top-of-the-line, state-of-the-art Lazuli Nirvana to universal praises by everyone who heard it. The Lazuli Nirvana is a hybrid design that builds on our experience with the Lazuli Ultra. It consists of 33% more copper than the Ultra and a full 100% more than the Reference, with the optimal complement of silver to achieve the lowest possible measurements of resistance, inductance, and capacitance. By adding more conductors we reduce the resistance and inductance, but the intra-capacitance within the signal and inter-capacitance between the L/R signals increase, which in turn affect the treble performance and limit the left to right separation.

With the weave design, the intra/inter signal capacitance is reduced by a factor of 40 to 1! With more copper and silver, the Nirvana has about 2.5% of the capacitance of the Lazuli Ultra and Lazuli Reference. As a result, the listener will hear the following effects:

  1. The highs are absolutely open and extended.
  2. The macro- and micro-details are there like never before.
  3. The soundstage is wider and deeper with even more focus.
  4. The bass response is deeper with even more control.
  5. The headphones will completely disappear, leaving the listener totally immersed in the music!

Reviews by Jay Luong of Audio Bacon and Eric Neff of Headphone Guru followed, further cementing Danacable as the ultimate after-market headphone cable of choice!

So which Lazuli cable is right for your headphones? The Lazuli, starting at $549 for a 2-meter length, is a good place to start to see if you like the “Lazuli” sound. The most popular model and a sweet spot in our product line is the Lazuli Reference, which starts at $999 for a 2-meter length. Most of our customers are quite happy with it for a long time. If you want a more extended top end, the Lazuli Ultra is the right choice. But if you only want the best performance from your hi-end headphones, the Lazuli Nirvana will put you in audio heaven.

Most importantly, all Danacable products carry a 30-day money back guarantee (you pay shipping,) thus ensuring that there is only one kind of Danacable customers – delighted ones.

Gingko Audio and Danacable at AXPONA 2019

Gingko Audio and Danacable will be in Room 1520 and Booth 8316 at AXPONA from April 12 through April 14, 2019. For a preview of what will be demonstrated, check out this article by Howard Kneller at Sound Stage! Global.

Gingko Audio will premiere the Clarissa LE monitor speakers in Room 1520. We will drive them using three different integrated amplifiers: A 100W Class D Cyrus One HD from the UK, an 8W tube TRV-A300XR from Triode Corp of Japan, and a 150W solid state Majestic from Wells Audio in California. An international lineup of digital and analog sources from Poland, Austria, Mexico, and the USA is also presented. Cables are from Danacable, racks are from Pangea, and vibration control devices are from Gingko Audio.

We plan to run demos every half hour and the audience gets to listen to all three systems – tube, solid state and Class D – playing the same music tracks for a direct comparison.

Special Show Sales Promotion! Get 15% off retail with coupon codes given out at the show! See you at AXPONA!

Danacable Lazuli Nirvana Introduced to Rave Reviews!

The Lazuli Nirvana provides a deep-rooted sense of musical immersion and envelopment. From a technical view, these qualities reminded me of an upgrade in amplification – more depth, better separation, more grip, and appreciable harmonic structure.

  

(The Lazuli Nirvana) deliver(s) what you are seeking; that last measure of transparency, air, and clarity that we all chase, but seldom find.

  

(the Nirvana) gives a more 3D like impression to instruments and vocalists with a good recording, almost a sculpted effect, especially with smaller sized chamber and Jazz music.

  

…at a lower level, their presence is complete, strong and precise and has a superb rendering. The mediums are thus highlighted and taken over, the voices become even more distinct and do not take second place. The treble is there and spins higher, sharper and finer, without any tension. Complete presence in fact of all tones and timbres. Obvious feeling of right balance and placement of stakeholders in space. And, by closing my eyes, I can imagine their spatial location…

  

Introducing the DanaTone Head-Space

New DanaTone Head-Space logo

At the RMAF 2016, we showed the prototype model of the new DanaTone Head-Space headphones amplifier to rave reviews. Dave Hanson of Enjoy The Music writes: “Arguably one of the most impressive products to debut at CanJam at RMAF was the yet-to-be-released DanaTone Head-Space amplifier (price TBD). Developed by Dana Robbins, who is best known for his fantastic lineup of cables, the Head-Space uses a proprietary selective current feedback technology to deliver tight and impactful bass, euphonic mids and well-controlled treble. The soundscape was quite spacious, with very precise variations in imaging depth, width and height. Through the HIFIMAN HE1000, the Head-Space exuded lush musicality without sacrificing an ounce of accuracy.”

On the Lazuli Reference cable, he adds: “I’ve done extensive testing with this cable (review forthcoming) and it offers the most beautiful, natural midrange and the absolute best bass of any cable I have ever tested. Combined with the Head-Space amplifier and the HIFIMAN HE-1000, the sound left very little to be desired.”

We will again be showing this setup at AXPONA in Chicago on April 21-23. Please be sure to stop by the Ear Gear Room to listen if you plan to attend AXPONA

Headphone.guru 2016 Accessory of the Year: Danacable Lazuli Reference

Headphone.guru 2016 Accessory of the Year: Danacable Lazuli Reference

Danacable’s Lazuli Reference headphone cable receives a 2016 Product of the Year award from Headphone.guru:

"It has long been the mantra of high-end audio that cables are as much an audio component as any other part of your system, and this also applies to headphone cables. More so than any other component, it is the job of the headphone cable to get out of the way and do nothing to the sound, letting the music through and Dana Cables Lazuli Reference Headphone Cables do an exemplary job of this, allowing all the resolution, dynamics and silence to pass through without slowing, congesting, compressing or adding tonal changes to the signal. More so than any other headphone, a reference headphone deserves a reference cable which is why we have made Dana Cables Lazuli Reference Headphone Cables our Accessory of the Year."

   – Gary Alan Barker

Gingko Audio/Danacables – Proud Sponsor of Astral Concert!

Jordan Dodson, Guitarist, at Astral Concert

We at Gingko Audio and Danacable are doing our part in supporting the arts.

We are sponsoring a classical concert on Sunday October 16, 2016 at the American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall, 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

PROGRAM:

  • John Dowland A Fancy
  • Dai Fujikura Chance Monsoon
  • Bach Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro, BWV 998
  • Fernando Sor Fantaisie, Op. 56, “Souvenirs d’une soirée à Berlin”
  • Elliot Cole Bloom Suite
  • Jason Eckardt suspension/bridge (World premiere, made possible by Astral’s Micro-Commissioning program)
  • Roland Dyens Libra Sonatine

This fantastic program is a part of the Astral In Concert series featuring the best young talents in classical music. Astral is a non-profit organization whose mission is to discover the most promising classical musicians residing in the United States, assist their early professional career development, and present their world-class artistry to the community through concerts and engagement programs.

Learn more at www.astralartists.org!

Accolades Galore in 2015 and 2014

In the last 12 months, we have garnered many accolades, including several Best of Shows votes as well as Audio Oasis Awards:

Enjoy The Music’s Blue Note Award 2014

Enjoy the Music Blue Note Award 2014 for Onyx Interconnect

Danacable’s Onyx interconnects receives the 2014 Enjoy The Music Blue Note Award:

"This thoughtfully designed patch cord is an excellent five Blue Note value. I awarded Dana’s Onyx cords four Enjoy the Music.com Blue Notes across the board! The Onyx IC also did extremely well against far more expensive and exotic competitors. As the Blue Note numbers in my “Silver Shoot-Out” article show, audible and measurable differences for patch cords are always slight. Yet this is a deliciously competent performer at a very competitive price, with little or no serious short-comings, I am more than impressed with the products I have reviewed so far from Mr. Vu and his Gingko Audio. The Onyx ICs were impressive, enjoyable and listenable. For Value category, I would still choose the DACT Dual for golden delicacy and detail, but if that price is not in your range, the DanaCable Onyx interconnecting RCA patch cord by Gingko Audio at half the price is an excellent five Blue Note value."

   – A. Colin Flood

See the full review here.

PFO Writers’ Choice Award 2013

Positive Feedback Writers' Choice Award 2013 for Sapphire Reference speaker cable

The Danacable™ Sapphire Reference speaker cable wins the Positive Feedback Writers’ Choice Award of 2013:

The DanaCable Sapphire Reference Speaker Cables are the finest audio product I’ve have the pleasure to review this year. I was smitten with them immediately, and if truth be told, the more I listen the more I like… I believe they will compete very favorably with the best speaker cables out there.