sorry to log in here...and i cant help it..but here i go again...as u all guys know me by now...when i hear a comparision of some products which i have some ideas about i cant hold myself .i just have to reply on that...
oh yeah...kittycat u will have to wait for ur catnips..am busy
oops sorry ...back to my initial post
u say u ended up chosing a Plus Sound cable? am curious about that..i will explain this further..
not so long ago as i was into the market for a new cable to replace my already good DHC cable for my he400 i had back then..as an inherited side-effect of my trade how i make my living as a procurement specialist i ALWAYS do a little market comparision of everything i buy (not only the products themselves but i also check the company who sells it and even about their reputation and experiences of customers, reviews and so on) ..and then i make a mini TCO calculation in a excel sheet form if possible (TCO=total cost of ownership)
so i went through ebay and all the other canals one has available to search for info (yep also linkedin!)...u know the drill as u probably are a frequent buyer urself....and i came upon a couple of companies who sounded interesting to buy a cable from..to be honest Plus Sound was one of them ..and so was Toxic cables...as were Double Helix Cables and a couple of others..
and this is what i found about the difference between a 'regular' occ copper Plus Sound cable and one similiar one of Toxic cable (looking purely at the basics as we professional buyers look at if we cant feel/hear/see it personally) that i will use as an easy reference
this is the same cable i found not so long ago on ebay but with updated pricing of today (for honest comparision):
Plus Sound lists the folowing 4ft Hifiman copper cable:
as i already have a quality cable and wanted a real upgrade i went through the options..and i decided to go for the silver and 1% gold option (as i read that that would give a he500 a beautiful full sound) with clear sleeving on the Plus Sound list ..so that extra option (26AWG? as i saw the number 26 behind ur cable) for 4 ft costs another $115, which makes it $234.