I've went through several XLR-cables with my active speakers in the last year and finally settled with Belden 8402 (done by MCRU with silver plated Neutrik connectors and I think they use some kind of silver solder). This is quite a legendary Belden model and there's plenty of discussion of it when you google the model. It's also very reasonably priced so doesn't hurt much to try them out. Some other dealers also stock this cable.
Few cables I have auditioned with this setup:
Vovox Sonorus Direct S (this was my choice for a long time, 8402 betterd it in clarity and bass reach/punch)
Belden 8760 (these I kept as backup cables)
Linn Silver XLR
Your view is your view and has just as much relevance as anyone elses view . I freely admit to being unable to hear anything but a very minor difference between XLR cable s . However i can very clearly hear differnces in RCA cables and speaker cables so not being a stuck in the mud here just being honest . I also hear profound differences for me to LPSU supplies and Switches in a network . Lots on here do not and tell us all that there can not be a difference , but sadly for me in my syste and with my music there is a difference and I choose to use all of this pointless gear to make music sound better (even through a mono Squeeze Radio) . So no need for any apologies just keep being honest and tell us all what you hear .
Just about to buy some Neotech NEI - 3001 cable to make up some XLRs between my PS Audio DirectStream DAC and Mark Levinson 331's (bridged) . Seen lots of good reviews but it's pretty thick wire to work with.
Never really made my own cables before but I can use a soldering iron. Worked out at just over £400..... not so cheap in the end ...... as needed to double up on cable on each side 6metres in total .
I wasn't prepared to pay extortionate amounts of money to have commercially available interconnects made up to bridge the amps. Most companies were asking for as much as the cost of the cable itself.
I'm not one for spending a lot on wire and had my whole rig run via used, late 90s Audioplan Musicable which had improved the SQ significantly over the VD XKE (RCA) ICs I'd been using. However, middle of last year I acquired my Nord monos and needed to use XLRs, initially I used some borrowed VD studio grade and got Nick to make me up a pair in the Mogami which won his shootout (with Neutrik plugs) . This improved things further and I happily used this for around 8 months.
Earlier this year (June?) I wanted to move the Nords out of the rack and onto the floor so needed longer XLRs, having just had a tax rebate I decided to splash out a bit so ordered some Chord Shawline online (no brainer as able to return if nowt special). DAMN!!! What a difference, the Shawline lifted SQ to a whole new level (to my ears). So much so that I went ahead and changed my complete IC loom to Chord Shawline, and so happy I did, aside from the usual adjectives, to me it just made the sound more coherent, and at a price that was reasonably sensible. In fact I'd say Shawline is the sweetspot in Chords range.
Give some a try, you can always return it if it's not for you.
Yep, Chord cables are pretty good. I used a Signature Tuned Aray digital cable between my Bryston Player and DAC until I purchased the PS audio DAC a day or two ago . The Chord cable made a significant improvement over the much older Transparent Audio cable I had been using before this.
I think I'll buy the Neotech cables over the weekend. That will be my maximum level of spend on cables - EVER. Promise .... I think.