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.
And unlike my previous experiences with cable upgrades, the Lazuli Reference Cables offered immediate sonic returns that I would definitely classify as profound and incredibly satisfying.
The cable harmonizes so well with the Utopia that pointing out any faults would be blatant nitpicking and actually makes me felt a bit guilty. I rarely make these definitive statements but if you were to purchase this blind, I’m quite sure you won’t be returning it. That’s how good I believe this product is and the reason why I believe the Danacable Lazuli Reference is the best headphone cable you could buy for your Focal Utopia.
Make no mistake about it, the Danacable Lazuli and Lazuli Reference represent some of the best of the best when it comes to cables, offering top-notch musicality and performance that is up to snuff with even more expensive cables like the excellent Kimber Kable Axios.
Perhaps even better is that they offer consistent and predictable positive sonic changes, so they can be prescriptively added to a system to give a greater sense of fullness and ease to the midrange, more robust bass, and smoother treble. For those looking to enhance any or all of those areas in their system, the Danacable Lazuli or Lazuli Reference will make a fantastic addition.
So how does it compare to the stock Abyss cable? It doesn’t. To say it’s an upgrade to the stock cable doesn’t do it justice. The Danacable preserves the dynamic integrity of the Abyss while fixing all the other problems. It’s has great synergy with this headphone. The Danacable is a great pairing with the brighter sounding Abyss AB-1266. It produced the best female vocals I’ve heard on this headphone thus far. You could get a sense of emotion and feel the dips and peaks of the singers. It elicits an emotive response. One word to describe the entire headphone cable would be “humanistic.” If you’re critically listening to this cable, you’ll be relaxed by the minute nuances that you didn’t realize were there. Whether it be the stroke of a bow or the slam of kick drum. The best part is how it all pieces together. The coherent sound makes for a very relaxed, accurate, and soothing presentation yet still maintaining its fullness. If you have an Abyss headphone and you’re looking for a lush and sweet sound, especially for vocals, look no further than the Danacable.