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Sunday, 22 May 2016
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Wireworld Digital Cables Review
Set Up and Listening

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.

My office system consists of an Aric Audio Expression tubed preamp, an Onkyo M-5000R power amp, Magnepan MMG speakers, another JL Audio d108, a Simaudio 280D DAC, and the new Sonore microRendu streamer. Analog signal and power cables were Wireworld all the way around, with a review of those cables forthcoming.

I spent a good amount of time with the Gold Starlight 7 AES/EBU cable first in the main system. Cold, out of the packaging, without any settling in, I found the presentation to be a game changer for my system. The music seemed to be come from a deep, spacious soundstage, with no sense of any electronic footprint that I could detect. Mind you, I have some very good AES/EBU cables in house, but the Gold Starlight 7 was a distinct level up.

Specifically, there were fine nuances in very familiar recordings that I honestly had not heard before. Listening to Irish singer Luka Bloom’s last few albums, all immaculately performed and recorded, was a huge treat. Before I knew it, the hours flew by and the playlist came to an end. The title track to his album Head & Heart, a John Martyn cover, was as analog as I ever heard Redbook CD sound.

The 192 Khz Pono remaster of the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young super classic, Deja Vu, was a remarkable window into the magic that combo produced back in 1970. The bass and drums, in particular, sounded far more muscular, and the contribution of each member was far easier to hear. The Gold Starlight 7 provided depth, vividness, and body that was goose bump inducing.

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.


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