I have owned a few Wadia's, 23, 850, 301, 20,25 and have found the Audioquest Diamond's and Cardas Golden Reference cables to work very well. Balanced is absolutely the way to go.
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I was waiting for thread like this. I have recently been experimenting with silver ic's from Wireworld. I am really floored by what these cables can do. Their copper cables are outstanding in my system also. The soundstage is lit up and very detailed while being laidback at the same time.
Balanced cables work best in my system. Have fun!
Well, you will get as many cable recommendations as you get answers, I guess. I am more than happy with the Kimber Select 1130 feeding directly the 27ix's output into the amp.If your system allows balanced throughout you should go balanced!
I also tried Nordost SPM Reference. Much cheaper than the Kimber Select but not as perfect.
My friend and I say go balanced all the way, I have a Wadia 8 and 15i modified by GNSC with Aural symphonics glass and he has a Wadia 2000s and 27 also modified by GNSC. We feel strongly that Vitual Dyanamics power cords and I/c make sound that is beyond reproach in dynamics and resolution, I strongly feel that it allows the Wadia to do things that you will be shocked to hear. We started off with one power cord on the dac 15i and were stunned with improvement in dynamics and resolution. Good luck in your search Dennis
I have a Wadia 850 with the Statement upgrade From GNSC. I have tried almost every powercord and interconnect I can think of from Audiquest,Cards,Jenna Labs,Kimber,Nordost and so on. I settled with Silent Source cables for powercord and interconnect on the 850.
I liked the Mappleshade Omega Mikro Planar IV Silver LCX interconnect the best by a very small margin over the Silent source but it was very fragile for were I had to use it,if my set up would have been different I would have keep Mappleshade. The Silent source cords are some of the best I personally have ever heard and at a very reasonable price. I would also go balanced IMHO. Not to change the cable question but you might also want to check with Steve Huntley at The Great Northern sound on possible upgrades to your 21.