|Wireworld Digital Cables Review|
|Home Theater Accessories AV Cables|
|Written by Andre Marc|
|Sunday, 22 May 2016|
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The USB cables are very interesting in that they are flat in appearance, and are specifically designed with the power lead completely separate and shielded from the data leads, for sonic purity and the cleanest possible signal. The Starlight 7 uses Wireworld’s Symmetricon geometry, with four data conductors. The Platinum Starlight 7 uses their DNA Helix geometry with six data conductors. Both cables are extremely well made and the connectors appear to be of exceptional quality.
Set Up & Listening
I used the Wireworld AES/EBU cable in my main system, and the USB cables in both my main system, and my office system. The main system was composed of an Aric Audio Unlimited tubed preamp, a Simaudio 760A power amp, Bryston Mini T speakers, the recently reviewed JL Audio d108, and a Bryston BDP-2/BDA-3 streamer and DAC combo. My Bryston BDP-2 outputs both AES/EBU and USB. It sounds excellent with either output, but of note, it only outputs DSD via USB.
It was now time to compare the USB output of the BDP-2 with the Platinum Starlight 7 USB cable to what I heard with the Gold Starlight 7 AES/EBU cable. I normally favor the AES/EBU output slightly, and it also allows me to use the optional synchronous upsampling on the BDA-3 DAC. I toggle between both inputs, because as noted, USB is currently the only way to stream DSD.