Thanks preproman, greed, and alota (edit: and gjc11028) for the responses!
I do certainly know that cables don't make magical, drastic differences. I am however a firm believer that there are definite benefits to be had for using quality materials versus something cheap. also believe that once you get above a certain threshold of quality materials, you are going to hit that wall of diminishing returns, where any improvement past that point is very minor....Not to say that it doesn't exist, just you are going to get lesser noticeable difference.
The thing that made me a believer in cables is this:
I did a DIY imod on a couple 5th gen iPods. Ran SPC direct from the DAC, through polypropylene film caps, and direct to the line out pins. Nothing in the path, just a straight shot to the 30 pin connector. Well I had A/B'd the stock units first, and they were identical, using the same LOD cable (BTG). Well after one was modded and the caps run in for awhile, I A/B'd the mod vs. stock. At the time I didn't think cables made a damn bit of difference, and I also had a cheapy Fiio L9 sitting around. Well to make the story short, I had the decent cable on the mod and the L9 on the stock unit. A/B'd them and it was night and day difference. Not just a "bit" but a HUGE difference. Well then I figured what the heck and swapped the LOD's and guess what? The stock unit with the better cable sounded just as good as the modded unit with the L9 on it. That damn Fiio cable CRIPPLED the modification... Like no discernible difference from stock.
So the moral of the story is that I am a believer in using at least decent quality materials, because you are going to hear it. So it stands to reason anything above and beyond a good grade of materials that there is a possibility of it affecting the sound. So I certainly agree with the statements of "don't expect miracles, etc" !! Thanks! I know improvements will be subtle going into this so I am aware.
....And then there is the luxury aspect of handmade, quality items which is nearly immeasurable! You gotta feel good about that, even if sound wasn't an issue.
Anyhow I got a quick email back from Trevor saying he would get back to me soon with more detailed info soon, so I am happy to hear that.
Preproman - is that 24 cable really heavy or stiff? It looks amazing.
Edited by thegrobe - 3/15/13 at 4:05pm