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ChrisMag 04-10-2021 06:11 PM

Shunyata Alpha V2 S/PDIF
 
I have one of the new Alphas on loan from my dealer and am using it in place of my usual, DH Labs D750 and Wireworld Silver Starlight cables.

My WW digital coax has always been the more detailed but forward-sounding of the 2 S/PDIF cables I own. The DH Labs was the more balanced sounding, perhaps with slightly (very slightly) better timing. I like them both, but neither had everything I wanted.

Initial impressions of the Shunyata Alpha V2: Freaking amazing. Balanced, detailed, spacious, tonally lovely. Subjectively better than the DH Labs or the WW.

I'll post back when I have more time with it. I also have an Alpha Ethernet in house to experiment with.

thesaint519 04-19-2021 03:17 AM

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Originally Posted by ChrisMag (Post 1036616)
I have one of the new Alphas on loan from my dealer and am using it in place of my usual, DH Labs D750 and Wireworld Silver Starlight cables.

My WW digital coax has always been the more detailed but forward-sounding of the 2 S/PDIF cables I own. The DH Labs was the more balanced sounding, perhaps with slightly (very slightly) better timing. I like them both, but neither had everything I wanted.

Initial impressions of the Shunyata Alpha V2: Freaking amazing. Balanced, detailed, spacious, tonally lovely. Subjectively better than the DH Labs or the WW.

I'll post back when I have more time with it. I also have an Alpha Ethernet in house to experiment with.

Great insights.

Puma Cat 04-19-2021 11:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChrisMag (Post 1036616)
I have one of the new Alphas on loan from my dealer and am using it in place of my usual, DH Labs D750 and Wireworld Silver Starlight cables.

My WW digital coax has always been the more detailed but forward-sounding of the 2 S/PDIF cables I own. The DH Labs was the more balanced sounding, perhaps with slightly (very slightly) better timing. I like them both, but neither had everything I wanted.

Initial impressions of the Shunyata Alpha V2: Freaking amazing. Balanced, detailed, spacious, tonally lovely. Subjectively better than the DH Labs or the WW.

I'll post back when I have more time with it. I also have an Alpha Ethernet in house to experiment with.

Cool.

The Alpha Ethernet will be interesting for you, too.

SCAudiophile 04-19-2021 03:37 PM

I've had great experiences for several years with Alpha and Sigma v1 Clock50 and Sigma AES 110ohm. I've been on Sigma V2 Clock50 and AES for a while now with even more impressive results. Shunyata is IMHO, at the top of their game in digital, power and other cables. I've never had or tried any digital cables from a long list of manufacturers that could best these. FWIW...

ChrisMag 04-22-2021 05:29 PM

A quick update, since there appears to be some interest. I did buy the Alpha Ethernet. Honestly, the difference from my Chord/EE switch to my streamer is small - mainly the impact appears to be a small improvement in "space". It's not a tonal difference but I like the result enough to make the investment.


Regarding the SPDIF cable - the Alpha is the impressive improvement. I have found myself going back to albums I have loved but not able to enjoy for a while - it's like there's a little mid range glare/sheen which is gone and overall sense of timing is better. An example is Nora Jones "Come Away With Me" - I have always loved that album but with my Sopra 2's and my room acoustics, it was hard to listen to until now - the upper mids (4khz range) was just a little too tilted forward and it put me on edge. Not anymore. Same with the Diana Krall (not really my thng but is good test material). Similarly, I'm finding better enjoyment with albums like Metallica's "Any Justice for All" - even though that recording tends to be best with less refined speakers. It's just better across the board with the Shunyata than with a Kimber AGDL, DH Labs or Wireworld digital coax (in my system).

I'm not keeping the Alpha. The loaner is 2.0m and I wanted 1.5. I decided to order the Sigma V2 instead. Likely I won't be able to provide a back-to-back Alpha/Sigma impression because I will return the Alpha when the Sigma arrives. Regardless, I will give a final impression once I have it in.


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