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    Wireworld Platinum Starlight 8 2.0 USB

    During the summer, I upgraded my Antipodes K50 server to the latest Kala K50 version. Among other benefits, I was told the USB output would now equal the formerly superior AES/EBU output. After a few months, I decided to test that out and inserted a 0.5 Meter WW Platinum Starlight 7 USB, reconfigured ROON to send the digital signal in a native format (AES/EBU requires the signal be sent via DOP and limited to DSD 64 or 24/192). The USB output can send up to a 32/768 and DSD512.

    Enter Mike B. A short call to request a demo USB cable met with “sure, I can do that” ended with only a WW Platinum 8 USB being sent. No Omegas, No Valhallas etc. Mike spoke and I listened.

    Fast forward, in less than 47 hours the WW Plat 8 USB cable arrived at my home. I let it play ‘(cook) for four days and sat down today for some critical listening. I only had my Plat 7 USB to compare until later in the day Jeff, JGLACKEN, brought his Tubulus Concentus USB over for a comparo.

    Cutting to the chase, the Plat 8 killed the Plat 7 which in comparison had annoying glare from a higher noise floor. The Tubulus would be something to live with forever had I not heard the Plat 8 which showed the most spaciousness in the sound stage, the blackest background, tremendous inner detail, incredible and musical bass. It is more relaxed and musical. It touched me.

    And… how many times can you purchase something that is less expensive than something it is replacing AND upgrade your sound quality?
    Main Equipment: Kharma Elegance dB11-S, JL Audio F113v2 X 2, Esoteric Grandioso C1X Solo PreAmp, Bricasti M21 DAC, M32 Mono Amplifiers, Antipodes Kala K-50 Server with 4TB internal SSD
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    Network : Supra Cat 8+, Twin (Nenon) Modified Buffalo GS2016 Switches with fiber in between powered with Keces P3 LPSU,
    Cables: Wireworld Platinum Starlight 2.0 8 USB, Wireworld Platinum Eclipse 8 Speaker cables, 1M & 6M Tubulus Concentus ICs,
    Other: Isoacoustics GAIA I footers on the Kharmas, GIK & Stillpoint Apertures, Stillpoint Ultra SS under
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    Re: Wireworld Platinum Starlight 8 2.0 USB

    Quote Originally Posted by crwilli View Post
    During the summer, I upgraded my Antipodes K50 server to the latest Kala K50 version. Among other benefits, I was told the USB output would now equal the formerly superior AES/EBU output. After a few months, I decided to test that out and inserted a 0.5 Meter WW Platinum Starlight 7 USB, reconfigured ROON to send the digital signal in a native format (AES/EBU requires the signal be sent via DOP and limited to DSD 64 or 24/192). The USB output can send up to a 32/768 and DSD512.

    Enter Mike B. A short call to request a de demo USB cables met with “sure” I can do that ended with only a WW Platinum 8 USB being sent. No Omegas, No Valhallas etc. Mike spoke and I listened.

    Fast forward, in less than 47 hours the WW Plat 8 USB cable arrived at my home. I let it play ‘(cook) for four days and sat down today for some critical listening. I only had my Plat 7 USB to compare until later in the day Jeff, JGLACKEN, brought his Tubulus Concentus USB over for a comparo.

    Cutting to the chase, the Plat 8 killed the Plat 7 which in comparison had annoying glare from a higher noise floor. The Tubulus would be something to live with forever had I not heard the Plat 8 which showed the most spaciousness in the sound stage, the blackest background, tremendous inner detail, incredible and musical bass. It is more relaxed and musical. It touched me.

    And… how many times can you purchase something that is less expensive than something it is replacing AND upgrade your sound quality?

    The WW is a nice cable for sure. Glad you like it and I agree it's a noticeable improvement over the version 7.
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    Re: Wireworld Platinum Starlight 8 2.0 USB

    David Saltz has many patents & makes outstanding ethernet/USB cables -- have 2 Platinum 2m Starlite 8's Ethernet & a Platinum Starlight 48 2m HDMI for my router/LG OLED TV.

    Best to all,

    Bob
    Amps: VAC 450iQ Monos/HRS M3X2-1921's, G7 Footers/G-Links/Conecoasters.
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    Analogue Preamp: VAC Renaissance SE Phono w/XLR Output option/Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's.
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    Vibration Control: TT on HRS M3X2-1921.
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    Speaker Cables: Nordost Odin Supreme Reference/Sort Lifts.
    Signal Cables: Nordost Odin XLR's on dCS Vivaldi DAC & amps. Nordost Odin 2's, 110-ohm AES/EBU on dCS gear.
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    Re: Wireworld Platinum Starlight 8 2.0 USB

    Very happy with my platinum usb WW cable as well

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    Re: Wireworld Platinum Starlight 8 2.0 USB

    I have more tied up in WW Platinum HDMI & Ethernet cables than what the TV cost; but it is well worth it IMO. They, like other cables do make an improvement to an already great product.

    Best to all,

    Bob

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    Amps: VAC 450iQ Monos/HRS M3X2-1921's, G7 Footers/G-Links/Conecoasters.
    Preamp: VAC Master Preamplifier
    Digital: dCS Vivaldi (APEX DAC, UpSampler +, Clock & Rossini Transport.
    Analogue Preamp: VAC Renaissance SE Phono w/XLR Output option/Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's.
    Analogue Sources: SME 20/2 w/V arm/Valhalla TA cable/Palo Santos Presentation Cartridge/Akai GX-400D Reel-to-Reel w/relapped heads by JRF Magnetic Sciences. Akai RC-17 cabled remote.
    Vibration Control: TT on HRS M3X2-1921.
    Speakers: Wilson Audio Alexia w/Acoustic Diodes.
    Power Cables: 5 Nordost Odin Supreme Reference on amps/preamp/DAC/Transport. Ansuz C2 on Clock.
    Power Distribution: Shunyata 8000 w/Omega XC.
    Power Outlets: 2 Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) 20A duplex outlets.
    Speaker Cables: Nordost Odin Supreme Reference/Sort Lifts.
    Signal Cables: Nordost Odin XLR's on dCS Vivaldi DAC & amps. Nordost Odin 2's, 110-ohm AES/EBU on dCS gear.
    Clock Cables: 3 each 75 ohm 1.25M Nordost Valhalla BNC/BNC Digital
    RCM: Audio Desk PRO

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    Re: Wireworld Platinum Starlight 8 2.0 USB

    WireWorld is the real deal. After rolling through many, the only two standouts in my own Ethernet cable wars were AQ Diamond and Plat Starlight 8. The Wireworld Ethernet made the Diamond sound a bit dull in comparison, it brought more air and punch and resolution. I didn’t believe it was possible but my ears corrected me. Same for RCA ICs, although I was never able to test against my usual favorite in that arena HiDiamond. All else - quite a few of the heavy hitters - were readily bested by the WireWorld.

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