Streamer to Denafrips Iris to Pontus need cable suggestions please

I’ve got a Iris on the way to mate to a Pontus and have no idea of the type or brand or the quality/price cable I will need. It’s coming from Auralic g2 which has usb, coax, aes,  tos, lan. L-link. 

What type and brand/ model do I go from Auralic to Iris. Then what type cable and then brand/ model do I use fro Auralic to Pontus.


There will be a HiDiamond RCA’s going from Pontus to Audio Hungary a50i. Audience au24 se and TG Audio speaker cables going to Joseph audio Pulsar and Reference 3a towers. 

I know this is a lot to ask but I am not familiar with digital cables. Only digital cable I ever owned is a spdif. I’m using a JPS Labs superconductor true digital coax from streamer to Pontus now. Can I get away without spending a lot of money since some say it’s just digital, probably not, sure hope so. 



The RJ45 connection is another way to pass i2s. I don't have experience using the RJ45 connection, but I have used the HDMI connection between the Gaia and Terminator Plus.

I have an early Gaia and early Terminator Plus, and with the firmware update, the i2s connection between these two boxes is no longer compatible, so I have had to switch back to AES. Before the firmware update, I preferred i2s over AES, but I do like the firmware update so I'm living with AES. 

I also like DH-Labs for reasonably priced digital cables. I'm currently using their AES cable. 

@jaytor  you can set your gaia to "000" and then try different I2s setting on the Terminator. I had to do this on my Hermes/Venus II and it works again. 



Please go through the guide detailed here:

Suggestion of I²S matching of the Transport & DAC
1. Connect the I²S cable (good quality HDMI cable <3ft/1m)
2. Turn down the volume (audible, minimal)

3. Set Hermes i2s to mode 000.
3. Play a familiar music (PCM first, followed by DSD)
4. Run through the I²S setting of the DAC, 000-111
5. One of the modes should match with the source for both PCM and DSD playback.
000 (1X 2X 4X LED off)
111 (1X 2X 4X LED on)

@fthompson251 - Unfortunately, my Gaia does not have programmable i2s settings. This feature was not provided in the first version. 

Use the DH Labs USB cable included in the sale from the G2 to the Iris and then I2S cable from the Iris to the Pontus..  If Darren at DH Labs makes an I2S cable at a reasonable price then try that if not then Wireworld.  


I’m going to order the DH Labs hdmi, I hear some say the shorter the better. I may even be able to go half meter but is this necessary? What is the break in period on hdmi, I hate breaking in cables.