Posted 11 February 2018 - 09:42 PM
Of course I have seen this new JCAT products When Marcin claims that they sound so much better, I will obviously be curious. For quite long time I have considered to try a new SATA cable. And my choice this time became this new JCAT Reference.
For near three weeks I have used this new JCAT Reference as replacement for JCAT SATA V2 in my Audio-PC. I think it’s enough with time to share my impression.
During my first test directly from the fine gold box I immediately heard that it sounded cleaner. Perhaps not a night and day difference, yet fully noticeable.
Now I have listened much more with JCAT Reference, perhaps both the cable and my brain has become more balanced during this time. I'm not either a true “burning-in believer” but I anyway have my senses fully open. I switched back to my old JCAT SATA V2, and after that it was not fun to listen anymore. Whole soundstage was more squeezed or compressed and strained especially in the treble. Moreover, any better analysis tool than my HD800 cans to hear very small problems with the treble, will be very hard to find. The improvement I get with this new SATA cable reminds me of other improvements I get when jitter is reduced, i.e. cleaner sound, more resolution, better sound stage and better dynamics. But I don't experiencing it changing the sound signature in any way, as more dark, brighter, warmer and so on. Only cleaner and generally better. Above all, the treble is cleaned up considerably.
For me is JCAT Reference SATA Cable a big improvement that contributes strongly to buy another one for my Control PC.
AudioPC: Intel S1200V3RPS, Intel Xeon E3-1230LV3, Apacer AP2GITETLQ1K3 4GB DDR3 1066 ECC DIMM,
SATA to CF Adapter with Apacer AP-CF016GRANS-ETNRC, JCAT USB Card Femto,
JCAT Reference SATA Cable, JCAT Net Card Femto
ControlPC: Intel S1200KPR, Intel Xeon E3-1265L V2, Apacer 75.A83EE.G000C 4GB DDR3 1066 ECC DIMM,
SATA to CF Adapter with Apacer AP-CF016GRANS-ETNRC (for Windows), SATA to CF Adapter with Apacer AP-CF016GRAFS-NR (for WAV-files),
JCAT Reference SATA Cable, JCAT Net Card Femto, JCAT Signature LAN Cable
Software: Windows Server 2016 Standard, Total Commander 9.21a, JPLAY 7 Femto, Audiophile Optimizer 3.00, Upplay 1.3.0
Audio equipment: JCAT Reference USB Cable, Harmony Design Pre 906, Moon Audio Silver Dragon V3 with Furutech Rhodium XLR, Sennheiser HD800