Hey Nick, I got some good links for you:
^ these are the grossly inflated markups the guy makes on his "jaw dropping" cables(and he will increase them by 30% early next month, due to he price increase of copper).
^ that's his interview, where he says at the very end that the difference between cables cannot measured.
^ that's his supposedly customers raving feedback, where he also advises to cut the ground pin off an extension cord in order to avoid groundloops.
What I find dubious is that:
-he claims that his cables are handmade, and that even the color of the teflon insulation changes the sound(due to the coloring agents)....but then he says that the wires are manufactured by a company that does cables for the avionics industry...so much for handmade? like he doesn't have a braiding machine and does it by hand? hehe.
-this interview was from 2007 and he looks more or less 60 to me, so how's his hearing by now? Can a 65 y.o. guy judge by ear how a cable "sounds"?
-he says that cables can change the shape of the SS and so, and yet measure perfectly identically....on this, he has a strong point. I've spent a lot of time soldering wires for coax and plugging my headphones directly onto the RCA output of my Firestone Spitfire DAC(it's very convenient to roll opamps), and all cables sound different IME...there isn't the shadow of a doubt about this. I've even tried solid UPOCC Silver(ear shredding bright), the 99% silver/1% gold mundorf(lack of details). I also tried to recable a DT770/600 w/ the holy TWcu wire, and the sound was unbearable(distorted bass, veiled trebles).
Most ppl on audiophile forums seem to be stunned by his cables...so he's prolly doing something right? but basically what he's saying in his interview is: I make the best cables, and I make crazy markups...and my markups are even higher on the AES/EBU cables because the demand is very low.
here are some real world photos of his cables, he's using cheapo plugs as far as I can tell:
These are made of SPC+Teflon and cost $150 a pop.
I read someone saying that the pro audio gear does more than the audiophile gear for less...because the demand is higher. That's basically what it boils down to I guess?
I've ordered some cables from this german shop: http://www.audio-hifi-shop.de/
the owner is very friendly, and has allowed me to buy small samples of a lot of wires....he told me that this one is great for coax, and recommended this one for stereo IC. Eager to try them! But honestly, I think the best coax cable is this one(24K pure gold plating and the shortest signal path ever)...we'll see whether the impedance mismatch matters so much(considering neither my USB transport or my DAC's use 75Ω plugs).
How do you measure soundstage? By measuring the phase coherence? Measuring THD/SNR is bound to fail, and it did...I think it'd be wise to reevaluate your benchmarks, and possibly use expensive test gear...maybe an analog oscilloscope would help?