Can someone with more experience than me tell if this is an actual Chord Chrysalis DIN-RCA or a butchered Naim DIN cable with the the RCA connectors retrofitted?
The reason I ask is that I recently started using it to connect my streamer to my amp in place of a Chord Clearway cable and much preferred the SQ (a bit more “oomph” and dynamics). However, after a week or so the left channel failed. No idea why, other than it had been unused for a few years.
Back when the Chrysalis was current, it was an entry level cable but they also didn’t have the extensive high end range they do now. It was about GBP 40 and considered on par or a bit better than Naim lavender or the stock Linn interconnects. It was considered the “correct” 3rd party interconnect of choice if you had Naim or Linn in the 90s.
I had a few RCA-DIN I used with an A60 and a bunch of RCA-RCA I used in an AV setup and felt it was extremely good for the money.
I did not have the option to use RCA to RCA on my NAIT 3. The CD player I ran only had RCA, the amp only DIN, so I had to run a RCA to DIN cable. I could run RCA to RCA now, between Hugo and XS3, but that would mean buying a new cable, so I run the RCA to DIN.
DIN does have advantages over RCA, I’m not sure if the advantages remain if you do not run DIN at both ends. But here comes an expert…
For an RCA to DIN wouldn’t it be better to have a a DIN cable (single cable) ending with a split to 2 RCA plugs, rather then the other way round like in the exampled Chord cable above, where it looks like a double RCA cable that is joined at one end into a DIN connector. ?