Digital Interconnect Reviews
What The Experts Say…
Element Integra S/PDIF
We have definition, a wide-open soundstage, oodles of drive and attack…
Here’s a (cable) loom less concerned about minding its sonic p’s and q’s that has a winning way with textures and timbres and homes in on the emotional core of the music.
Ascent Ultra S/PDIF
The Atlas Ascent Ultra is, in my opinion, an essential addition to any digital-sourced hi-fi system.
When a single cable can manipulate, modify and refocus your music in this way then the ‘mere’ £175 (and I’ve seen it a lot cheaper than that on the Internet) can be viewed as true value for money.
The Element portrays a faithful way to transport your digital signal from the player to the DAC. (Element Optical reviewed as part of a complete Atlas-wired system).
This is a good budget Optical interconnect from Atlas. It loses very little if anything from the original recording. My own thoughts are that optical cable can add a little warmth or rounded sounds to music per se. That is more about the equipment involved rather than the cable itself.
A quite magnificent digital cable that opens up the soundstage to give your music a breath fresh of air.
The Atlas provided a heightened clarity that was sincere and, frankly, uplifting in its approach to the music. Upper mids were magnificent in their presentation, being detailed and perceptive in their make-up.
Providing excellent performance for the price, the performance envelope offers plenty of potential for higher resolution files.
Providing a reassuringly attentive playback that retains a distinct authority over potentially errant digital frequencies, the Element USB offers great value for money.
…the Atlas Element USB is a spectacular performer at a beer-budget price. As such, it comes heartily recommended.
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