For this review I used my trusted Astell and Kern AK380 Copper Digital Audio Player
and my VentureCraft SounDroid Valoq (SDP-1)
These are easily 2 of my favourite DAPs, so it was a natural choice to use them, also they both have 2.5 balanced capability – so a perfect match for the Thor II Silver cable.
Both players had good synergy with this cable, offering up their own signature differences to great effect.
The AK380CU fires out its reference transparency and distinct layering effortlessly.
However recently I have been really drawn towards smoother, warmer, more organic signatures. So the Valoq has been serving me royally when coupled with the correct OpAmps, my preference of late are the highly respected OPA627SM Op Amps.