• HD26 to XLR AES/EBU Cable Update

    What's Going On

    I am currently working with a Beta test site in Northern California to test five separate AES/EBU cables that will connect a Lynx AES16/e card to DACs with AES inputs. We are in the process of identifying sound differences among five major AES/EBU wire suppliers and facilities on the east and west coast to terminate them "to order." If all goes well consumers will be able to purchase a very good quality HD26 to XLR AES/EBU cable in the somewhat near future. I'll keep everyone up to date as the listening tests continue and I hope to delivery good news about cable availability sooner rather than later.

     

     



    Current cable available from Lynx Studio


     

     
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi GM - I can't provide any specifics on the cables just yet. Just know that some of these cables are what the best studios in the world use.
    1. StephanLJ's Avatar
      StephanLJ -
      Hi<br />
      <br />
      Chris, i know you will not touch the soldering iron - what I personally find absolutely ok - but for the do it yourselfers out there here you find the layout of the 26 pin connector and the corresponding XLR connections for the Lynx 16e card. I had to make up a cable because I want to have two chanel in and two out. <br />
      <br />
      http://www.lynxstudio.com/support_docs_result.asp?c=44<br />
      <br />
      I used Blue Jeans Cable -after Chris recommended them and they are worth every penny- and if you use a spdif input you will have to solder a resistor (235 Ohm) between the hot and minus at the XLR input of the card. What is still a mystery is how to stream the digital input to the digital output. So far I have no idea. But that way you could use the digital output of a player and stream it trough the mac into the fabulous Berkeley Alpha DAC. If there is anybody around who has solved this problem, help is appreciated. I´m also waiting for the beens. <br />
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      Regards and keep up this great site.<br />
      <br />
      Stephan
    1. glancy's Avatar
      glancy -
      Chris, I had my shop make up a new cable. WOW, you would not believe the sonic difference. I was suspect of the stock offshore cable the first time I saw it, and I was right.<br />
      Since I am a studio guy, I just used the best AES studio cable I know, Canare D206. I wanted 4 AES in and out, Canare 75 ohm for sync and we are ready to go.<br />
      The results where overwhelming. all the instruments sounder richer, more detail, which I did not think was possible, and much better low level (short word length) definition.<br />
      This is a must!
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Thanks for the info glancy! I agree replacing the cable is a good thing.
    1. Porky's Avatar
      Porky -
      I have AES16e into Bel Canto DAC3 driving a pair of Ref1000 MKII into Monitor Audio PL300. Was using a custom cable made with Belden 1800F.<br />
      This morning, I managed to get hold of a metre of DH Labs's D110 and decided to build another single output channel cable.<br />
      Neutrik nc-mxx-b --> DH Labs D110 --> HD26 with metal casing.<br />
      Listening to Dire Straits as I type this. The improvement is remarkable! Soundstage is bigger and taller, vocals have more emotion... and the total cost is under USD25!!<br />
      <br />
      Highly recommened.. and if you don't like it, the risk is low.<br />
      <br />
      Have fun.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Very cool!
    1. Mike in MD's Avatar
      Mike in MD -
      Hi Chris,<br />
      I am new to computer audio. <br />
      So my first question is: how long can the Lynx to Alpha DAC cable get without hurting the sound? Is 3 meters too long? I am trying to figure out where I can put the computer. I will probably need at least two meters. Will 2 or 3 meter cables be available in the cables that you are testing?? <br />
      Or should I put the Alpha DAC close to the computer and use a long interconnect to the power amp? I understand that the output capacitance of a "pre-amp" stage can affect the sound if there is a long run to the power amp. I don't know what the Alpha DAC can drive. <br />
      <br />
      Thanks,<br />
      Mike<br />
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi Mike - I can't say definitively if a three meter cable will change the sound in your system. I use a three meter cable right now. I think it's better to run a longer AES cable than an analog interconnect.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hey Mike - It just crossed my mind so I thought I'd post one more time. <br />
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      Where did you get your Alpha DAC? I'm somewhat curious about your dealer's opinion on this one.
    1. Mike in MD's Avatar
      Mike in MD -
      Chris,<br />
      <br />
      My post may sound like I have all the hardware already, but it is just a lot of "what if" thinking. I have a vivid imagination and like to work things out before buying. I just got some new speakers and am working at doing the final adjustments on their placement, so I am not going to run out for new hardware right this minute. <br />
      <br />
      One of the points I have been having trouble working out is how to strip down the active processes in Windows XP. If you could get a little geeky sometime, maybe you could write an outline of a how-to for doing this. It seems that it will be very important to minimize the processes. There are a lot of "svchost.exe" floating around.<br />
      <br />
      Mike<br />
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      OK I totally understand Mike. I also work things out before making purchases :=)<br />
      <br />
      One of these days I will publish something about slimming down XP. I have XP down to four services running, can't remember how many processes. The system really flies and it very nice.
    1. odyssey's Avatar
      odyssey -
      Chris,<br />
      <br />
      Any update on this cable?<br />
      <br />
      BTW, I have been using custom cables from Redco Audio with a Lynx 2B (soon to be replaced by an AES-16 + MSB Platinum DAC). Their quality is excellent and prices affordable (not that the affordable price is really an important criteria at this level of equipment).<br />
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi John - No updates yet. To much going on at the moment with CES coming up. This is kind of on the back-burner for the moment :-(
    1. joeinid's Avatar
      joeinid -
      Hi,<br />
      <br />
      Is anyone willing to make/solder a high quality replacement cable for me? I don't feel comfortable doing it myself. I would only need the one aes/ebu output.<br />
      <br />
      Joe
    1. odyssey's Avatar
      odyssey -
      You can purchase a custom HD-26 to single AES/EBU cable from Redco Audio. I have purchased (3) different custom Lynx cables from them and their workmanship is excellent and prices are reasonable.<br />
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      http://www.redco.com/<br />
      <br />
    1. joeinid's Avatar
      joeinid -
      Hi John,<br />
      <br />
      Thanks! I just placed an order. I should have it next week.<br />
      <br />
      <br />
      Joe
    1. joeinid's Avatar
      joeinid -
      I just received my cable from Redco.com. Very nice! Thank you for the recommendation. And to all those considering one, go for it. It sound great so far.<br />
      <br />
      Thanks!
    1. Suteetat's Avatar
      Suteetat -
      Redco.com looks very promising. However, I am using dual AES/EBU setup with clock input as well so what do I need to tell them exactly? If I just say that I need HD26 to dual XLR with BNC connection for word clock, is that enough or is there anything else specifically that I need to tell them?<br />
      I am not sure if I am looking at the right part of the website but do they have many options for what kind of cable, terminations etc that you can choose?<br />
      <br />
      Thanks for your help.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      I've used the <b>dual wire with word clock</b> cables before and I'm pretty sure you just need to specify that this is what you need. I haven't used Redco so I'm not sure about the options available through the site.
    1. odyssey's Avatar
      odyssey -
      I would suggest contacting Chris at Redco Audio do discuss exactly what you want. I'm sure they can make anything that it possible and your needs could certainly be met.