Since I got my vibration isolation rack my system has sounded too heavy, that's why I made my Valhallas thinner.
A thicker cable compensates for a thin sounding system. When using the correct size it sounds like it should sound, it shows all weaknesses. 1 conductor (22awg for analog, 16awg for power) is all that is needed, anything more is a band-aid. The Valhalla interconnect with it's 4x22awg per signal is close to 16awg total. Valhalla power cord with 3x16awg is around 11awg total. It's way too fat and sounds too muddy and heavy in my system. I needed more detail, that's why I disconnected the rest of the conductors. Each Valhalla I modded gave huge improvements, the muddiness went away.
The silver plating further compensates for a muddy system by making it edgy and smooth which gives fake transparency. You can combine it in a system with stock cabling to get that result because Valhalla is colored.
Before I used to think it was weird that Valhalla sounded the same in every system it was put into, if it really was neutral then every system should sound different instead of having the same obvious Valhalla sound signature.
I don't hear anything fake and is just nice in balance....i think you modded a bit toooo much now!
i will find out soon how neutral they are, since i will update the caps with v-cap tftf caps, the most neutral around!
Instead of doing lousy soldering jobs with cables, i would suggest you to look also into these caps since the caps in critical signal paths enhance the sound more then whatever cable upgrade!
it does sound different on other systems, otherwise everybody would use valhalla and they don't! I even recall a review where the valkyrja interlinks sounded way much better then the valhalla's in that system! he gave the valkyrja 8 points out of 10 and the valhalla 5 out of ten! Go figure!