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I don't want to start a war here, but Ed Meitner measured the AS and literally laughed at how badly they measured. I was going to audition them, but after I heard that, I passed. As for their upcoming $4,500 fiber-optic cable, the price is absolutely idiotic (what else is new for the high end?), but someone out there will no doubt buy it. I hope that one measures better than the Optimism.
MY MISTAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bumbled REALLY big here. It was NOT the Aural Symphonics Ed tested. I was under the impression that it was, but it wasn't. I really need to keep my mouth shut sometimes. :) I'm actually intrigued by the AS. Maybe I can get to hear it one day. Sorry for the inflammatory comments. Time to crawl back under my rock.
Sadly but true, the stock ST fibers that come with the EMM gears are not up to par with the Aural Symphonics Optimism V2 optical fiber, at least not in my system.
I have been using the Optimism to connect the data port from the CDSD to the DAC for a few months. The stock fibers sounded congested and blurry comparing with the Optimism.
By the way, Aural Symphonics has recently released a new version of the Optimism fibers specifically designed for the EMM Labs gears.
My best suggestion is to try them in your own system before drawing any conclusions. The only trustable expert is your own ears in this case. Let the fibers speak for themselves.
Thanks for the info above!
I am using the AS optimism V2 for several years now.
The best optical cable i have auditioned till now in my own set, it is far better then the standard Wadia optical cable.
The earlier model of the AS optimsm V2 is the V1.
The V2 is rounder in sound and gives less resolution than the V2 is what i heard.
Both very good optical audio cables in my humble opinion.
In short future times i will compare the V2 with the 3 set AS EMM labs optical cable designed for the 3 combo EMM labs gear.
I agree it is an idiotic price for the optical cables for the EMM labs gear.
Higher end comes not cheap unfortunately...
Aural Symphonics told me the 3 cables of EMM labs gear are special tuned for the EMM labs combo set.
I am curious if there is a difference in sound between the 3 cables...
I will come back to you, with the results ;)
Happy listening !