DH Labs has made high value, excellent cables for decades. They fly under the radar due to no marketing or review chasing. Keeps the cost down.
I'm not surprised with your results.
I started a thread awhile back about getting some ARC gear. Pretty much put my faith in ghdprentice love of ARC's sound signature.
I ended up with ref5se and ref75se, a steal on an Aurender A15, and modded Klipsch forte III. My XLR's were Monoprice just to get up and running. I was estatic with how it sounded. Months later ordered Air Matrix cyro xlr's. Super stoked to get them installed. Opened the box, and crap, they were RCA's.
Now for a shoutout to Greg at DH. 10 star service. Gave him a call, and he overnighted me my cables. Thank you kindly, Greg!! All I can say is hearing is believing. I.m a believer in decent cabling in this instance . I'm set for now, maybe a separate DAC later.
"Another case of "I bought and installed the new cable and the sound improved markedly!" Unless you did a blind test with someone helping to make the switch all bets are off! As Perry Mason would say "Not admissable in Court"."
What is your argument Perry? That the OP can't hear an improvement in the sound quality when he replaced a component? Or that swapping out a cable doesn't qualify as an audio comparison?
Seems to me that this hypothesis flies in the face of everything that goes on with the members of this site. Perhaps the problem is that you are passing judgment on someone based on your own inability to hear a change in your system.
I’ve been a fan of DH Labs since I started in this hobby and am now an authorized dealer for their cables. I’ve experimented with many manufacturers’ cables, and nobody can touch DH Labs from a performance-to-cost ratio. I pretty much personally owned every single cable they’ve made even before I became a dealer. for anyone who is interested, my favorites of theirs are:
Power Cable - The Corona Cryo is better than the original Corona - less fatiguing, more dynamic ans effortless, and more resolving than the Red Wave. I’ve demoed the Corona Cryo against a handful of reputable cables in the $2500-3000 range and the Corona Cryo was up there with them. I even preferred the Corona Cryo more than a few of them.
Interconnects - I prefer the newer Air Matrix Cryo over the Revelation. The Air Matrix Cryo is smoother and more effortless, more natural sounding the original Air Matrix, and I prefer the tonal balance of it compared to the Revelation, which can sound lean to me at times.
Digital Cables - They don’t get enough credit in this arena. The Reunion Ethernet is probably the best and most revealing Ethernet cable south of $1000. The new D-100 Silver Reference is an AES cable with a stunning level of transparency for its price and made me switching from my reference AES which retailed five times more. The Mirage USB is still one of the best USB cables I’ve tried, even compared to some others almost 10x its price. Their Glass Master Toslink is one of the best quality on the market, hands down, with its 300 individual real glass fibers, but I’m not a huge fan of Toslink myself.
Speaker Cables - I’ve owned both the TOTL Deity and the discontinued Revelation SP pure silver speaker cables, and while both were better than the Q-10, I have to award the Q-10 for its performance for a sub $500 pair of speaker cables. Q-10 can be considered endgame for many as it has an incredibly neutral presentation, natural dynamics and very good level of clarity.
You will also not find better service than talking with Greg if you have questions or run into issues with your order (very rare). Their order fulfillment is almost as good as Amazon Prime.
@fthompson251 You might want to share your recent service experience you had for others to hear.
@lcherepkai The connector and cryo-treatment (and new woven outer jacket) are the only differences between the Corona Cryo and standard Corona. The connectors on the Cryo deliver better conductance than the Wattgate ones on the standard. You can get the cable Cryo’d by a third party, but I don’t think DH Labs offers this service for existing Corona customers as they do this in a factory in the US and not in their Florida warehouse.
Sorry, I am late here but was in a remote area camping and no wi fi and wek cell service. As @blisshifi mentioned. I had ordered a set of 4 Meter Air Matriz cryo XLR's for my new Legacy Audio Focus XD's. Upon getting them set up I had an issue in the right channel and tracked it down to a bad cable. I messaged Juan, and by the next day DH labs had made me a new bacle and shipped it the next day. This was on a Tuesday and by Saturday I had the new cable up and going. Really quick response.