Double Helix Cables: The Molecule SE disappeared my Nighthawks
I have a new Double Helix cables Molecule SE for my Nighthawks. Peter Bradstock makes these cables by hand – I hope with some extra hands for support – as, it seems business is good. No wonder, because this is an excellent product.
The build and design appeal to me. I like the look of copper wire, and the connectors are high quality. Innovative, modern design and built to last. For a deep dive into the tech see DHC’s site.
More importantly, this cable has revealed the potential of the Nighthawks. This is DHC’s entry level cable…I wonder how much more music I can squeeze out of these cans.
I’ve been running ’em hard – probably 10 hours a day, so, they’ve had some time to settle in.
Win10 machine(Fidelizer Pro/Roon Server(headless))/Schiit Yggdrasil/ampsandsound Mogwai/Audioquest Nighthawk. DHC cable. Anticable USB and analog interconnects. PS Audio power plant is supplying the juice.
The Short of It:
The DHC lets more information through – more music – without negatively affecting the signal. More nuance and detail are heard, though the copper is fairly neutral. The stage is slightly larger, and definitely deeper. In my system, this has a very nice affect on the Nighthawks overall character. Many think these ‘phones to be dark, closed and with a muddy low end. I don’t think they are dark, though I agree the low end has some issues. The DHC has opened up the Nighthawks in a very satisfying way. At times, the ‘phones disappeared!
If you’re investing in high end headphones, or have a great pair with a stock cable, I recommend looking into DHC. There are numerous options and materials available if you have deeper pockets.
My musical preferences are mixed, but here my references are mostly jazz.
The recordings are often live in the studio and of good quality. Changes to cables are more readily apparent for me when listening to these records. Also, I’ve recently found mono recordings to be good test material.
Nolatet’s Dogs is one of the best sounding records in my collection. I mean, have you heard it? No joke. It also happens to be a great record of improvised music. Freaky holographic. The vibes are bananas.
On Kirk Knuffke’s track, Umbrella, the mallet strikes on cymbals were more defined. Could hear the mallet material. Mallet head sounds like rubber. Woody tone of the bass was more colorful and defined. Generally, everything was clearer. On Ellington – Afro Bossa, the drummer is playing with mallets and the snares are off, but the snares rattle when drummer lays into it later in the tune.On Avishai Cohen: Into the Silence the stage is deeper/wider. This record is more engaging, because I’m getting much more nuance.
The point is that all those subtle cues make it sound like the real thing. All of this translates to more fun and then more music. Best sound yet from this system.