In part 1 of this review, I discussed the various merits and challenges of USB,…
Ever wondered why there are so many USB to SPDIF converters, power filters, super-duper power supplies, and jitter-busting features on the digital audio market? So did I, so I decided to see how much was marketing hype and how much was real. The answers might surprise you……
I recently reviewed the AudioQuest JitterBug, easily the best bang-for-buck upgrade available for your computer / USB audio setup, but I realised that I left one very important detail out……
I’m both excited and nervous to publish this review. I’m nervous because I normally steer well clear of most cable reviews, but, just as was the case with the SilverPlus USB cable from The Chord Company, I’m excited to share a review of a really nice cable that might take your system that final step towards your ultimate audio goals.
SoundChef is a new company on the scene… well technically they’re not on the scene yet, but that’s part of why this is exciting – you see I’m very fortunate to be reviewing a prototype interconnect that’s due to be released in the coming weeks. So, back to the story… SoundChef is a company based in South East Asia and specialising in various custom cables. So far I’ve seen a range of their interconnects and heard 2 of them including this, the Marshmallow interconnect.
Pricing of the interconnects is higher than the standard fare, but they’re also not your average interconnect in terms of both aesthetics and quality. Pricing is expected to be in the range of $150-200 AUD depending on the model and the materials it employs. At this time I know of 3 versions of the SoundChef interconnects: Marshmallow, Meringue, and Macaroon.
The Marshmallow interconnect uses stranded silver, copper and gold for the left and right channels and combines a solid silver wire and a solid copper wire for the ground connection. It’s these ground wires that are spiralled around the active leads to make the striking design of all the SoundChef models. The other SoundChef models combine various other materials or different quantities of those materials to alter the sound characteristics slightly.
Design and Ergonomics
The SoundChef interconnects use high quality Neutrik right-angled 3.5mm plugs which are excellent in terms of their build quality, aesthetics and design. Between these plugs runs a 3cm (roughly, I didn’t measure) length of 4 cables as described above – 2 matched active leads and 2 ground leads of different