Dana Robbins’ new Lazuli Reference Plus is a terrific cable that will get the most out of your headphone listening experience. Spending up to $6000 on reference headphones deserves the best components you can afford to get the best-performance you deserve. After all, you want to hear everything the product is capable of producing.
The Lazuli Reference represents all things great from an aftermarket cable. Build quality, durability, aesthetics, and sound are all top-notch, and the 30-day returns is just icing on the cake… Part of the hallmark of any audio equipment is the ability to lose oneself in the music and forget critically analyzing it. The Lazuli Reference achieves this where just one more track becomes much more.
(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.
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 differences between the Reference and Ultra are modest, and all things considered, the Reference is definitely the best bang for the buck in this lineup. But when the Ultra sings, to my ears, it’s with the truth of the recorded sound, be it the good, the bad, or the ugly.
Deep, rich bass and midbass sound with great air and ambience retrieval (if it’s in the recording), smooth extended highs, soundstage among the best I’ve heard, very flexible, very low in microphonics, appears and feels solidly put together and terminated, I did not find weight to be an issue in my use.
Fantastic tone/timbre, healthy layer of warmth, and refined articulation. Layering and dynamics aren’t as apparent as the much pricier cables but sounds great regardless.
“The goal of the Danacable is to ‘get out of the way’ and to cause no audible effects.”
Dana Robbins, the audiophile magician, showed us how to perform this disappearing act in our own listening rooms. After weeks of listening, we gravitated towards the Danacable Sapphire Mk.2 for most of our listening. We’ve grown accustomed to the sweet and cozy sound of the Kimber but the openness, clarity, and airy sound of the Danacable was too much to pass up. Combined with incredible resolution and timbre, it just made recordings sound more lifelike and enjoyable.
The reason why I stuck with the TruStream is due to its wonderfully balanced, accurate, and natural tone and timbre. […] It’s not the most transparent or detailed sounding cable, but it has this euphoric and organic quality I haven’t heard from any other USB cable. I also believe it sounds closest to what the engineers and artists intended for their music to sound like.