It looks like you got excited and pull the trigger on the bluejeans cables. Bluejeans a good starting place for your system but certainly not end game cable material even for your system. I’ve tried Blue Jeans too, and I know you can do better.
You are right that there are massive mark ups in the cable industry, higher than amps and DAX and such. However if that stops you from buying good cables, then I’m afraid you’re shooting yourself in the foot and your ears will resent you. No offense, just being upfront with a fellow Audiogonner
1. If you run toslinl from your TV to your DAC, then the timing will be off between what you see on the TV screen and what your ears here. It’s a short delay, but big enough to make the experience uncomfortable at best.
Rec: run your TV/cable input into a processor like a AV or HT processor/preamp, which then disperses the video signal to your TV, so that the video and audio are timing-aligned.
2. Somenone above made a wise comment about electrical filters/conditioning, the Furman and the other.
Rec: what most of us learn as we get more into this hobby is that the most important thing for your system is to have a clean electrical signal with full band with. A person cannot get that if they’re plugging their components directly into a wall socket. That’s why we use isolators, conditioners, electrical filters: in order to clean the dirty electricity coming off the city grid Which not only causes distortion of the music signal but also limits the bandwidth. It’s like plumming, right? Put in the good stuff and good stuff comes out. Put in the bad stuff and bad stuff comes out. For Ex, if you bought really expensive cables without a conditioner, you will be getting a dirty signal. Cables don’t clean the signal, they just pass along the signal.
3. I have a Silnote Ref power cord as well for 2nd system. They are good, not great (TBH), but like you, I was also drawn to the price point. Silnote typically advertises their cables with huge savings, so it always looks like a good deal.
Rec: checkout Audio Advisor: Pangea brand, it is their house brand of very good and ver well-priced cables. I believe they use Cardas wire for building their cables. Eg, the Pangea 14 SE is a well-reviewed Classic.
Pangea now makes balanced XLR ICs, so you could buy both the RCA and XLR, compare them, and send back the other for a refund.
For speaker cables, consider the custom Audioquest cables that AUDIO ADVISOR sells. I have them, and you can customize the terminations on both ends.
Last, despite the audio industry’s high mark ups on cables, and people minimizing their value, cables have gotten a bad rap. If we look at all the cables we use, the PCs, the ICs, the SCs, we are looking at a lot 5 cables per system. That is a lot. That’s why they influence the sound so much.. if we look at just one table, then maybe a person can say that the cable only has a smaller influence on the sound.
But if we look at our five cables and how they affect the sound from start to finish throughout the system, then the cables -as a whole- influence the sound just as much or more than any one particular component. For example, each human body has organs it’s under its skin. But did you know that skin is an organ too? B/c skin envelops our whole body and holds our organs in.
Similarly, cables connect all the components, and therefore act as an organ itself.
Wow, that was a long one, hope it is useful.