Do yourself a favor....save some money and by the DH Labs D-750. I found out that the DH digital coax cable is used in over 30 recording and mastering studios, and understood why after plugging it in.
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FWIW - I recently spent some time auditioning digital coax cables (borrowed several from The Cable Co.). I had a DH Labs D750. I went with a Black Cat Silverstar 75. I think the Silverstar is a bit more detailed and open than the D750. The D750 might be a better match in systems that tend to brightness, however.
More recently, I purchased an Oyaide Neo D+ Class A USB. I am very impressed with this, esp. for the $50 price. Based on the performance of the Oyaide USB I’d be very curious about what good things their DB/DR 510 coax might bring. But the madness has to stop somewhere.
Obviously, results with cable are highly system and listener dependent, even so I would urge you to consider Oyaide and Black Cat options if you are willing to look beyond the Kimber and Nordost cables you mentioned. Good luck in your search.
jayctoy, I also had an Oyaide digital cable (purchased from Japan) and I agree, I thought it was very good, regardless of its low cost.
As long as we are talking digital cables I will also recommend the VH Audio Pulsar AG Digital cable that I still have in my possession. I purchased the Audio Pulsar AG Digital cable when Chris suggested I try it. The cable sounded as good as my Stealth Varidig Sextet digital cable (the expensive one).
What transport and DAC are you using? @shkong78 is totally right; it’s all system dependent. However, when talking RCA spdif cables, my experience is there’s almost zero correlation between how you might like one brand’s analogue cables (or even other digital cables) to the performance in situ of their RCA spdif cable.
e.g. I also took out an spdif cable loan from fatwyre and requested the Audience digital cable because I liked the AU24 speaker and interconnect cables so much. But the digital cable was quite unremarkable and no better or worse than many that were much cheaper. The biggest issue with SPDIF is maintaining correct 75ohm impedance through cabling and connectors, which is all over the map and otherwise IMPOSSIBLE for RCA plugs to achieve electrically (despite what Canare and WBT say). Ideally, you want true 75ohm BNC connectors (like the Bonars used by Berkeley) on true 75ohm coaxial cable. Start there and ignore the snake oil. I’d be extremely dubious of Valhalla’s value for money in this regard. You just want to minimize reflections inducing jitter on the SPDIF transmission line; all else is cable exotica foolery. Have heard Silverstar and thought it was good/fine, a tad preferable to DH Labs, but in fact preferred the older Stereovox HDXV. Obviously Chris S designed the D60 and HDXV and Silverstar. Pat G’s ar-t Ubyte cable (crazy long length BNC-BNC but otherwise normal coaxial) I found ever better than the HDXV. Nowhere near Valhalla prices.
I had got good result with Zenwave D4 digital 1.5m Cable(700$).
Blackcat Silverstar was little bit too bright with some harsh edge in my system.
But Zenwave has overall good balance of details, soundstage, dynamics.
I do not claim that Zenwave blow out Silverstar but it is better that Silverstar at every respect in subtle way.
You may include Zenwave D4 cable for your list to audition in your system.