Disclaimer: Please note that this is just MY impression of cables that were used in MY system in MY room. As always, your mileage may vary.
Stereovox HDXV Digital coax by Chris Sommovigo vs. Onix Grand Master Digital Coax
Since everyone on AudioCircle who has tried out the new Stereovox HDXV digital coax has been raving about how awesome it is regardless of price, I decided to give it a try since it has a 30 day money back guarantee and is only $75(intro pricing)+shipping from Eighth Nerve.
After receiving the HDXV. I did some initial comparisons but decided to give the HDXV some more time before doing any serious critical listening. I'd have to say that my initial impressions of the HDXV were not all that favorable. Thin sounding...So after a quick email or two to Chris, I decided to run the cable for about 5 days and then compared again.
Fast forward 5 days...I'll just cut to the chase and get straight to my conclusion. While the HDXV is a good digital cable for the money, it sounded too dry and analytical in my system.
I simply preferred the Onix Grand Master Digital Coax cable by a HUGE margin...Highs are smoother yet just as detailed and transparent, mids are MUCH fuller and more fleshed out with LOADS more emotion, bass is much more impactful as well as being tighter and warmer. Warm and tight bass usually do not go together as warm bass generally denotes sloppier bass, but what I heard was warm yet, tight bass with the Onix GM! Source material used: Josh Groban CD, Norah Jones Come Away With Me, Ray Montford, Andrea Bocelli Romanza, Chocolat soundtrack. The Grand Master is just far more musical and engaging. I did a quick single blind a/b with my better half who is not knowledgeable about audio equipment but knows what sounds good to her and the first words out of her mouth were "very flat sounding" regarding the Stereovox in comparison to the Grand Master. The Grand Master was simply more 3 dimensional in it's musical presentation. Soundstage depth was better. Background was darker and blacker...No question about it, my wife and I both unequivocally preferred the Onix Grand Master Digital Coax cable. And to be perfectly honest, the Stereovox HDXV is an EXCELLENT cable for the money. It is better than any other digital cable I own or have owned but dry and analytical sounding in comparison to the GM.
I will definitely be returning this for a refund...Unless anyone else here would like to purchase this one for $75+shipping...perfect condition still and available immediately!
Preamp: Rogue Audio Magnum 99 tube preamp
Amps: Aragon Palladium II monoblocks
Source: Audio Alchemy DDS-Pro CD transport
DAC: Perpetual Tech P-1/A, P-3/A Modwright Level 1 connected by Revelation Audio Prophecy I2S
Speakers: Onix Ref 1s
Stands: Osiris 24" speaker stands
Speaker cables: Onix SP-200
Interconnects: Onix Blues (RCA), Zu Varial (from P-3/A to preamp), Onix Grand Master Digital Coax (this one ain't going anywhere anytime soon; you'd have to pry it from my dead body if you want this one)