Hi kwharth, Yes, I have the thicker Norse cable. It's tough to nail this one. On my favorite chamber music, which feature cello or violins, it sound balanced and extended, but on single small group pop music, it sounds dark (Leonard Cohen, Bonnie Prince Billy, Bill Callahan, Jason Collette, etc). Have cables become this specialized. Over-all, it is not bright, not microphonic, and has reasonable bass. It has good grip on the music and does not sound analytic. But, over all, I have been having trouble appreciating the LCD-2s and am not sure where the problem lies> me, the amps, the cans, the cables. I've been too busy to go over to Sabastian's and have a listen to his rig, as he is -- like most other LCD-2 owners -- thrilled.
Sorry, not to have a more detailed or incisive review!!
It's always possible, that the LCD-2s are just not the can for you. This is neither good nor bad. We all have our individual HRTFs and preferences. The voicing chosen by Audeze may simply not match your HRTF or preferences that well. What can currently wows you? It would be a good idea to get together with other LCD-2 owners and compare notes and sounds to further refine your understanding of how you hear and what best suits your needs. I've found great improvement to my enjoyment of the LCD-2 by using certain aftermarket cables.