It does surprise me that there is such a difference in any direction. Just a thought, have you tried reversing the cable? Not that its directional, but in case there is a problem with the connection on one end which the NDX2 might be more fussy about. Also worth setting internet radio playing all night with volume off, and rechecking tomorrow
I bought a 10 meter C-Stream cable around 1 year ago. If I’m right, it changed over time and got better, considering that it’s a cheap cable I’m happy with it so far. At the beginning it was brighter for sure, now it feels more rounded and organic, at least to me. I’m using it with a NDX 2. Let me know your thoughts.
I am sure you will convince yourself, personally, a standard Cat6 cable seems to do it for me. USB cables, I am not so sure about yet! Try a standard Cat6 cable if you have one, tell me hear a difference?
When I first started wiring streamers to my LAN I used a number of C-Stream cables and comparing them to regular certified Cat5e cables, and they made not one jot of difference. On those that had a direction marker, connecting them in the ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ direction likewise made no difference either. That was with an NDX, Superuniti, Unitiserve and a variety of switches.
Perhaps with different hardware or a different environment there could be some differences, but for me there were not.
Not sure what to make of that statement. Abysmal compared to what? If your system sounds abysmal I would suspect that you have a faulty cable, a poor electrical environment with interference affecting the cable, or even some defective hardware somewhere.