If it were me I would go with the cheapest option. Honestly, with road noise, traffic, and all of the other distractions involved in driving how attentively can you actually listen? I acknowledge the value and differences cables make but I don't see it in this case. ymmv
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the mini RCA to mini RCa cable link is not the Raod to OZ most important link for headphone or car audio. Instead, an investment in a quality build mini- DAC/headphone amp, an APPLE camera lightning to USB converter (if required) , AND a high-resolution player app to go along with a mini-RCA cable is a better upgrade path. The AQ mini-RCA cable performance difference between your models in a direct bake-off is negligibleto nil.
(1) the “standard” internal phone DAC is a cheap comparative low level part and low-level audio performer available to be bypassed with an external mini- mini-DAC/headphone amp capable of hi-Rez digital file playback
(2) the “standard” internal phone player app is likewise a low level minimal quality and comparatively poor performer lacking hi-Rez output, that can be supported,anted with a new player app capable of hi-Rez playback.
- The external USB MINI- DAC (and Apple camera Lightening to USB converter if required for IOS)
- the hi-Rez player app available via download
(a) ONKYO HF PLAYER for iPhone or Android
(b) TEAC HR AUDIO PLAYER ...ibid...
If it’s SIRIUSXM or AMAZON MUSIC, ( I use TIDAL which has a hi-Rez option as well as “ standard” compressed MP3 ...I’m not a S or A subscriber ...) they appesr to be the latter ultra compressed MP3 level formats
if if so then a hi-Rez upgrade in hardware or software is a noble thought but a playback upgrade waste if you are only dealing with a low-level compressed streaming digital format steaming over the air .
In direct non-hi-Rez (320kps) mode digital file playback directly to the car input , the 3.5mm mini-RCA cable upgrade from a “standard” link suffers also a similar fate.
HOWEVER, IF HAVE A LEGITIMATE HIGH RESOLUTION SOURCE FROM STREAMING OR DIGITAL FILE DIRECT PLAYBACK
I have a top WIREWORLD 3.5 mini to mini RCA cable in my hi-Rez playback. It’s a big step up from cheap throw- in phone accessory IFF with the AQ Dragonfly / Onkyo Hi-Rez app ensemble, AND (emphasis added) HI-REZ format input. The audio playback performance improvement on a hi-Rez source file (TIDAL for streaming, or resident on my iPhone) is not subtle.
Unless you choose to eventually upgrade and adopt a different full high-resolution digital streaming source (a la TIDAL) or a direct hi-Rez recorded digital file sourced and resident on your phone , then stick with the basic cheap setup and accessories.
So, today I received the Golden Gate mini-to-mini interconnect cable. Immediately upon connecting them, they don't sound any better than the el cheapo Griffin cable I've been using. Actually, it may sound worse at this point, seemingly making vocals sound more "edgy".
I don't know how much I subscribe to the notion that cables "break in" over time, but I will keep playing them for a while and see if anything changes. I have until March 29 to return them. Unless the AQ cables start sounding noticeably better than the el cheapo cables, I'll return them.