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    Re: AQ Diamond USB

    Quote Originally Posted by Jozua View Post
    Dumb Question: Does a AQ Daimond USB cable need to play in ?
    Yes. I feel 100 hours or so.


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    Re: AQ Diamond USB

    Thanks, I thought I was imagining it !
    Very Impressed.

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    Re: AQ Diamond USB

    Mine kept getting a bit better all the way up to 250 (yes I journal like an idiot, lol). It was very very subtle, but even the wife heard it as it was mostly in the soundstage. My system throws a realistic and large (when recorded) stage, so YMMV.
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    Vandersteen Quatro CT
    Ayre AX5/20
    Ayre QX5/20 (The Memory Player with built in DAC and headphone amp built in on order)
    Steve Nugent rebuilt Mac mini (2009) with Paul Hynes LPS and custom silver cable server
    AQ Niagara 1000 power device
    Audioquest Castlerock speaker cables
    Wire world optical cable into the Empirical Audio Synchro Mesh from the TV and Blueray to reclock
    Wireworld Platnium 8 ethernet cables into the EMO 70e ethernet filter into the QX5/20 from Eero mesh router
    All routers, cable box and synchro mesh powered by the Wyred4sound LPS box with separate supplies for each
    Audioquest power outlets and two dedicated power lines in the room
    ZMF Ori headphones with the Audioarts 15' Pono balanced cable for the QX5/20
    Empire Ears Phantom CIEM's
    A&K 380cu with matching cu amp (copper which is much warmer than their normal cases)
    Rhapsodio 2.98 mk2 gold plated silver cable for Phantom

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    Re: AQ Diamond USB

    The more I try the more I think that everything needs break in. As an example, my new custom computer, Music Server I have noticed the initial brightness and very slightly harsh. Sound stage seemed a tad cramped... but with more playing it is opening up. Smoothing out and sound stage is definitely moving into the realm of amazing... I have no answers as to why a computer, playing file through Roon and well broken in AQ Coffee USB cables would need time to sound its best, but it definitely does ....
    Preamp: Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2
    DAC: T+A DAC 8 DSD
    Amplifier: T+A AMP 8
    Speakers: KEF R700; ELAC Debut 2.0 SUB3010
    Power: AudioQuest Niagara 1000; Furman Elite 15i
    Digital: Falcon Northwest PC; Microsoft Surface; Roon & HQPlayer; W4S Recovery
    CD/SACD: Oppo BDP-105
    Tuner: McIntosh MR7083
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    Re: AQ Diamond USB

    I have AQ Diamond USB & Ethernet. Though I've not heard all of the cable brands out there, they are the best in their categories in my experience.
    Small Green Computer, gigaFoil 4 Ethernet filter w/ Keces PS-3, Sonore ultraRendu, MBP (3) - stripped down for music only; AQ Diamond USB, Duelund USB, Curious USB; Lush USB, Supra USB; PS Audio LanRover; ISO REGEN w/short Curious USB links; Berkeley Alpha USB; 4 Audioquest Diamond ethernet - 0.75M, 1.5 M, 3M, 5M; Audioquest Diamond AES - 3M; Schiit Yggdrasil - updated; Ayre Codex - updated; Wyred4Sound STP-SE-2 preamplifier, Quicksilver Mono 120 amps w/KT150s; Wyred4Sound STP-750E Mk II amplifier w/Kimber TCX wiring & WBT binding posts; Quicksilver Mid Mono amplifiers w/KT77s, Joseph Audio Perspective 2 Graphenes; Symposium Super Plus Speaker Platforms: Duelund DCA12GA speaker cables; AV Room Service EVPs, Stein Music Harmonizers, Duelund DCA16GA ICs; Tripp Lite PCs; Stealth Dream PCs; dedicated custom room; various room treatments; etc.

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