On this page, you’ll find our recommendations for all the accessories/cables you need at this moment. This is an ever-evolving list.
PlusSound Leather Storage Case
PlusSound sent us to try their new leather carrying case which is fantastic. This is genuine leather with a smooth surface and a great touching experience and great zipper quality. Inside is from soft material and you also have a wheel to wrap around your IEMs (removable). You have a polyester pocket to store SD cards, etc.
For me it’s a pleasure to use this case and I personally carrying my A&K DAP with it. It’s a very elegant and premium solution, perfectly fitting to any audiophile’s need. The case is selling for 99.99$ and you can get it with 3 colour options.
The Linum cables are the most comfortable cables on the planet when it comes to IEM Cables. Once you’re used to the lightweight and excellent sound on the go, it’ll be tough going back to another cable.
Roon Labs LLC – Roon (Software)
Only on very rare occasions, we write about playback software, but Roon was something that we couldn’t leave untouched. It is the most fluid, informative, and impressive software out there. It makes setting up new devices a piece of cake and offers an incredible selection of features, like Parametric EQ, Speaker Correction, or Crossfeed, just to name a few. It combines your locally stored content with your TIDAL account and your DropBox, creating the biggest selection of audio ever. It comes with a 14-day trial and once you have used it you will know that you have been missing it the entire time.
SieveKing Omega (Headphone Stand)
If you’re into full-sized headphones you can’t take yourself seriously without owning the Sieveking Omega headphone stand. It’s one of the best and prettiest stands out there.
Linum has always been a brand that interested me. Lieven has been praising their cables a lot, and now I can fully see why. Not only are they perfect for any monitor under the sun, but they’re also unbeatable for their comfort. I am not a person that wears glasses, except for shades during Summer, but I definitely think that the SuperBaX would also be an excellent choice for everyone who needs them.
Effect Audio Signature Series [Added on 27/08/2022]
The New Effect Audio Signature series is simply paying homage to the company’s earlier entry-level cables. The series is now enhanced with better materials and connectors, better braiding quality, and thicker wires.
The three cables appeal to different tastes and different setups/IEMs. I actually liked all three, but to me, the Eros S has been the most impressive one because of staging, layering and imaging. Secondly, I liked the Ares S for its timbre and fullness, and the Cadmus is a great SPC cable with fantastic clarity for the price.
So it’s hard to overlook the performance and the design/build of the new series from EA. I recommend all three if you’re new to IEM cables and want to experience different combinations.
Astell&Kern SEM3 [Added on 24/07/2022]
The Astell&Kern SE180 comes with many DAC modules with its modular DAC/Amp solution. Yet, if I have to choose just one module out of these, I would pick the SEM3 with its Quad ESS config. The SEM3 has everything you need in its sound if you’re a pure audiophile. When it comes to technicalities, the SEM3 is the way to go for me.
The SEM3 is the best module you can attach to the SE180 in my opinion. Amongst all of the four DAC modules, the SEM3 has the best PRaT, decay, dynamism and attack. It also has the best instrument separation, and the best sharpness and focus.
The X-series IEM cable offers outstanding flexibility, comfort, and build quality. The cable itself is made of ultra-pure OCC Type 6 Litz and features multiple proprietary damping cores for vibration reduction, consistent conductivity, and a better overall feel and ergonomics. On top, you get a great-sounding cable with striking transparency, meatier lows, and softer highs. Rather than coloring the sound too much, X concentrates on creating a smoother overall tune but leaves other critical aspects of the spectrum untouched.
The T-Metal Exo IEM cable is made in an unconventional material mix of three different conductor materials: silver, gold-plated silver, and gold-plated copper. All of which have their key-sound-signatures. The build quality is excellent. It again is a very flexible and un-microphonic cable. What I was really surprised with though is the Y-split. When I first saw it I feared it will be too heavy to use the cable comfortably. Nothing could be more wrong. Though it is big in size it is also lightweight, even with the additional metal chin-slider. Sound-wise the T-Metal is a natural cable, with excellent top and bottom end extension. The level of layering and details of it are outstanding, especially for its price point.
Double Helix Cables Clone Fusion
I was curious about what DHC had to offer for a while, and now that I finally got the chance to try out one of their products at an extended period, I must say I am very impressed. Not only is the Clone Fusion a true one-of-a-kind product, but that also convinces you with outstanding sound, wonderful build quality, and great flexibility. It cures the weaknesses of two of my favorite custom monitors and matches well with a good number of other monitors too. There are only two points for improvement as I see it. The supplied packaging could at least contain a box and the channel indication should be revised. Other than that the Clone Fusion ticks all the boxes and becomes a member of our Recommended Accessories List. Well done DHC!
Effect Audio EVO 10 [Added on 28/03/2021]
I really like the EVO 10 simply because it’s a very luxurious cable combined with a very impressive sound performance. It improves technical aspects like resolution, transparency, dynamism, and texture. But it is also else more fun with better energy, better focus, and refinement with excellent definition. You get closer to the true recording, and you also see your monitor’s capabilities with a good source device.
The price is not off the charts either, so this might be a very sensible purchase for the audiophiles that want to get more from their systems. I certainly recommend the EVO 10 with its excellent design elements and very good gains that it provides in the sound department.
Brise Audio STR7-Ref (Added 12/12/2019)
The STR7 does not change the overall presentation apart from that slight supplement of bass. Yet you gain technicalities beyond the price like dynamism, texture, timbre, cohesiveness, and separation. The cable is built to last and I think I will use it for many years to come. The Japanese craftsmanship is really something else and the attention to detail in this cable’s structure is simply excellent. Of course, the price is quite high for a cable. But we actually have options in the market with even higher price tags today. Of course, I haven’t listened to them all, but I’ve tried many. And based on my experience, this is one of the best cables you can get. It has a fantastic build quality, a very thoughtful design with high-quality materials, and most importantly a great sound.
The X16 is their TOTL headphone cable and I can only confirm this after months of extensive testing. It makes every headphone sound as good as it gets: detail, clarity, precision, sound stage and layering simply are really good. It’s beautiful but it’s not the most comfortable cable.
Brise Audio ASUHA Ref.2+ [Added on 20/12/2020]
Brise Audio impresses me every time I test one of their cables. The build quality and attention to detail are astonishingly good. Looks-wise it’s a personal opinion of course. I think Brise Audio is among the best in terms of aesthetics but bear in mind that I like more serious-looking gear.
It’s hard to realize that this is an 8-core cable. It’s very ergonomic for a cable of this kind so it’s surely a huge success. The Japanese craftsmanship is really something else and the attention to detail in this cable’s structure is simply excellent. I don’t actually know if a cable like this exists with an 8-wire configuration.
If you want a warmer presentation from your flat or reference type of IEM, then the ASUHA Ref.2 is the top-end version of the ASUHA line-up.
Brise Audio YATONO Rh2+ [Added 30/11/2020]
I absolutely loved the STR7 Ref., and I still do. Yet, the Yatono Rh2+ impressed me further, because I did not expect this kind of dynamic range, resolution, and definition. You also gain great technicalities like texture, timbre, energy, and separation. The cable is also built to last with fantastic attention to detail. The Japanese craftsmanship is really something else and the attention to detail in this cable’s structure is simply excellent.
Of course, the price is quite high for a cable. But we actually have options in the market with even higher price tags today. Of course, I haven’t listened to them all, but I’ve tried many. And based on my experience, this is one of the best cables you can get. It has a fantastic build quality, a very thoughtful design with high-quality materials, and most importantly a great sound. I certainly recommend the Brise Audio Yatono Rh2+
PlusSound Silver+ [Added 17/06/2022]
The new PlusSound Silver+ is certainly a worthy cable for the company’s 10th anniversary. It creates a sound that has a wonderful resolution, transparency and clarity. It gives an accentuated treble response with great extension, and very clean mids with good dynamism, sharpness and definition. Lows remain almost untouched.
This is simply one of the most high-quality cables you can get in terms of pristine sound with ultimate clarity. If you enjoy neutrality, focus, sharpness and clarity, or you’re in a position where technicalities are the utmost priority, the new Silver+ is your cable. No need to mention the impeccable build quality.
1499$ from PlusSound (Select Silver+ Wire)
Double Helix Cables Prion4
Review (soon): https://www.headfonia.com/double-helix-cables-prion4-review/
I loved the Empyrean in its stock configuration, but with the Prion4 it really stepped up to a higher level. The Prion4 adds a sense of space, a deep black background, and a certain smoothness in the treble which makes the Empyrean an even bigger delight to listen to.
DHC has made a lasting impression on me with their Clone Fusion last year, and when I got asked to review another cable of theirs with the PEERLESS plug it was a no-brainer for me. After trying out two of their cables, I am confident to say, that they produce some of the very finest cables in the industry.
The Prion4 comes at a hefty price, that’s for sure, but it represents one of the biggest improvements I heard in any cable so far. It is definitely one of the best cables out there and it deserves its spot on our Best Accessories list.
Eletech Iliad [Added 14/02/2020]
To me, the Iliad has a few stand-out qualities. Its staging, micro-detailing, control, and rendering are superb. The texture it reveals is just beautiful. But at the same time, it sharpens treble and can cause discomfort with IEMs that already have harder edges in their highs. Unfortunately for me, it didn’t play well with one of my top CIEMs – the JH Audio Layla.
Pair the Iliad with something like the A18t and you’ll be set for life though. It’s my absolute favorite pairing for it and will probably stay as its main cable for a long time.
Eletech Aeneid [Added 01/10/2021]
Eletech has created a very special piece of cable with a very special approach to sound. You get excellent technical performance with a smooth and soft nature. The Aeneid is unique, and if you have the luxury to spend this money on a cable, you should definitely check this one out before striving for other flagship models.
Do note that I only recommend this one to the owners of high-end gear who have the budget for a summit-fi cable. Hats off to the Eletech team and Eric Chong for this piece of gear.
Effect Audio Centurion [Added 15/08/2021]
Effect Audio has reached perfection in quality and craftsmanship, perfection in product presentation and accessories, and perfection in sound quality. Unfortunately, this level of performance is incredibly expensive and paying a hefty price of $5k for a cable is not something everyone can or wants to do.
In the end, if you have the budget, you can get the Centurion and never ever lookout for an upgrade cable. Case closed, as it performs incredibly with every IEM. It takes them to the highest level, improves every aspect of sound, and the overall performance is simply astonishing.