Double Helix Cable: Initial Impression
Double Helix cables work out of Austin, Texas. I discovered them for myself while perusing the Head-Fi forums about a year ago. Cables are big business in audio, of course, and after-market or custom cables are ever present in the personal audio world. Based on my reading, a large number of high end headphone listeners eventually look to upgrade their cables.
There are those who may not believe. They assert that cables cannot affect what you hear from your system, or, that lamp cord provides the same connection quality as a copper litz wire. I’m not here to fan that flame.
Based on my experience, cables are integral to your systems sound.
I’ve been living with Audioquest’s original Nighthawks (my review) for over a year, and I really dig their sound. To me, they present a natural, detailed and intimate sound. AQ provides two cables with the Nighthawks – one long thin cable intended for mobile use, and another heavier cable of higher quality. Unfortunately, my heavier cable quit working, so I’ve been living with the thin cable for some time.
I’m starting with Peter Bradstock’s entry level cable: the Peptide v2 23.5awg type 4 OCC copper litz – the DHC Molecule SE.
The package arrived today, in that simply lovely case. Nice touch.
My initial impression is that more nuance and detail are apparent when compared to the stock cables. We’ll see in time if the DHC cable delivers what I’d hoped: it would simply let more information through. More music.
I’ll have a full report later…