I Had a Chance to Finally Demo the Black Cat Digit-75


Well, I recently had the opportunity to try out the Black Cat Digit-75. And truthfully I was a bit skeptical about how much better it would be over my Black Cat Silverstar 75 MkII. But I was willing to give it a shot.

Wow!! Simply Wow!!

The soundstage is deeper and a tad bit wider! And if I had to describe it, it would be like saying the BC Silverstar 75 MkII is the "skeleton" (and a very fine skeleton). But the Digit-75 is the meat on the bones!! Both are magnificent, but I have a very revealing system so I can hear quite clearly any coloration or lack thereof. These cables have the same clarity, however, the Digit-75 provided more "body." The biggest difference I noticed was the increase in the midrange. It was full-bodied and warmer and in comparison, the Silverstar 75 MkII was a bit "thinner" sounding and more analytical. Both are extremely fine cables with excellent PRAT. But the broader and noticeably deeper soundstage of the Digit-75 won me over! It was as if the singers were closer to you and the arena (for live performances in particular) was larger.

I listened to Diane Krall's, Live in Paris, and it sounded like I was only a few rows back from the stage. There is a certain liveliness to the sound that the SilverStar doesn't have. There's this almost 3-D quality that is organic and not forced.

I was equally impressed by the fact the bass was actually better! But it wasn't "bloomy" sounding or overblown, just more full-bodied and robust while maintaining all the same naturalness and without any extra coloration. That is a very hard trick to pull off.

I would say the SilverStar cable leans slightly toward the analytical side of neutral while the Digit-75 leans more towards the warmer side of neutral.  But both are very good and neither is fatiguing (as has been my experience with what I consider at least to be analytical-sounding cables, and why I don't like some of AudioQuest's higher-end line of cables like The Thunderbird).

The highs are nicely balanced with the mids and bass and overall the sound is beautifully cohesive and coherent.  It is not as liquid sounding as some other digital cables, but just right for those who like a very balanced cable that is able to accentuate highs, mids, and lows through great layering.

Now the "perfectionist" conundrum...

Should I just go with the "top-of-the-line" TRON which is reputed to be even BETTER!! And never have to wonder, "What if??" Or go with the Digit-75 and consider the Law of Diminishing Returns?

(The advertisement says The Digit-75 is a "trickle down" TRON and costs nearly 3-times less).
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Thanks for reading guys!

Well, sad to report, I took the bait! I actually purchased the TRON. 

Let me say that you are absolutely correct, there comes a time of diminishing returns.  But I have pretty much decided with the exception of a streamer this will be my last major purchase (barring any cable upgrades; not even components because I'm very happy thus far with what I have).  See how I tried to justify that? :)

I just received the Black Cat TRONS on Monday so I'm running them 24 hours a day at this point.  But my initial impressions are very favorable!

If I had to put a percentage on the differences between the Silverstar 75 MkII and the Digit 75, I'd say the SS is 30% of what the TRON is, and the Digit 75 is 70% of what the TRON is!

The price/benefit ration would place the Digit 75 as the better "value" (around $700/meter) compared to the TRON ($1,999/meter).

But so far in my uber early evaluation with about 60 hours of burn-in time, the TRON is superior.  It just is.  

Just quickly, the first day I was a tad disappointed because while the depth and soundstage were there, it wasn't as articulate as I thought it would be (a tad bit muddy sounding).  So I change the direction of the cable and "Voila!" what I was looking for was slowly coming to life.  But there was a certain bright sheen to the highs I was not liking.  After 3 days, that sheen is lessening and I can hear better depth to the soundstage already! And it seems each day there's better tonal cohesiveness.

I'll give it a few more weeks and report back! I don't see a lot of in-depth postings about the TRON on here and hopefully, I can help someone else who is in the market for it better decide!


Just saw this post. I have tried the Silverstar Mk I against the Digit 75 and the Tron. I own both the Digit and Tron. The Silverstar was loaned from a friend.

Yours observations are very similar to mine except that the gap between the Digit 75 and Tron for me are much more than 30 %. A lot comes down to run-in. It took at least two weeks for continuous signal before the Tron really came alive. By then, you will find that the haze is totally gone and you get much more microdetail and dimensionality compared to the Digit 75. You are certainly in for a treat !

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