So for whatever this is worth...
I am not a cable believer really; I do believe that some cables have better form/function than others in terms of weight and comfort and durability however.
Recently got to a/b an older version Audeze balanced cable (the canare l4e6s variety) with balanced XLR terminations versus an alo reference 16 cable on lcd-3. What I found just destroyed my world. Basically the alo cable was a lot better than stock and I couldn't even listen to the stock cable afterwards. To make sure I wasn't crazy I had a second stock cable which I re-terminated myself on both ends to make sure it wasn't terrible joints or something and same result.
The retail price on the alo cable is quite insane IMO but once I heard I cannot unhear :(
Looking at this from an objective POV is it possible the volume levels would need to be matched up each time? In my swapping I just left the volume pot as-is. Maybe the alo cable had less resistance and sounded louder ? I didn't have a ton of time doing this comparison but what I heard took me completely by surprise. Maybe the stock l4e6s is just that crappy.
Edited by Mr.Sneis - 7/15/13 at 10:58am