At last FallenAngel this is more like it. Do you have a link for the cable that eventually won? So I can see the range may buy for my portable setup if they do and test it.
No ranting but straight to the point. Of course I would normally say yes you need more independence but ..... it's a good starting point that can be taken further. Any links apprieciated. Ultimately you are right Fallen I will ask for independence or I would just accept anything. Thats why I ask for independent reviews, etc (there are ton's that say the opposite and show that the participants couldn't hear no difference but thats not true for all audio components. Bet you can tell the difference between a hornet and a boostaroo (and the price is maybe $300 difference) the cables can be a lot more, etc.
I keep saying (zzzzzzzz...) I have brought these fancy cables I have loads for various applications and it doesn't hurt to get a reality check. I'm from UK and I remember a couple of lone voices (in politics) saying out don't go to Iraq there are no mass weapons and people thought they were cranks. Now they swing to the other side and I think they were asking the same question "where's the proof...."
Not sure what you mean by "link for the cable that eventually won", since I made them all myself, but for personal preference, I enjoy the pure silver over cotton VenHaus variant the most with the bass heavy JJ 12AU7 tube in my SOHA and HD600 headphones. It places more emphasis on the highs and has enough detail that I like with the mellow Sennheisers. When I still had my Alessandro MS-2, with the same setup, I the Belden was warmer and was a better match for the Alessandro headphones.
Also, you mentioned thinking of them for a portable setup, unformtunately with how the cable is made, I don't think it would be possible (well, anything is possible, but it is not reasonably possible) to make this cable in any other configuration other than RCA-RCA. This cable is takes some serious time to build, but materials aren't too expensive. Of course, when I built this cable for others, a good 40% of the price is the work.
On the Belden 89259 side, HeartLand Cables has a Belden 89259 interconnect with Eichmann Copper Bullets for $55. That is a completely unbelievable price and SUPER worth it considering just the RCA's are $42 / 4. I bought a pair of these and was very happy with them. Then I chopped them in half and made 2 short pairs