I have a custom balanced 8wire 22awg dual mono black widow cable (but am already waiting for a venom version of that cable to be built by frank).some people call it the hifimanrookie special..lolz..
.that cable..for the price it costs is a no brainer..until now i didnt come across of any cable capable of delivering of such sweet music for that price....
The Venon that i will get must be out of this world good to beat this, especially paired with a brighter phone like a he500 (which i had for 2 years) code-x (which i own now) or a hd800 it shines!... The ones which have a 8wire BW (whether 'standard' or custommade like mine) know its an excellent cable..punching far above its pricepoint.
About u mentioning 25 % improvement over the standard cable..well that will never happen..no matter how expensive the new cable is.. But that its better...no doubt! U better invest (HUGE!) in ur rig to get that improvement
As sensui also said..many cables are good..u just have to find the right on for ur likings.. Pricewise frank is almost unbeatable with the quality he makes..IMHO ofcourse!!!!!!
I see. I guess 25% is unrealistic and a tad high. I haven't experimented with any cables offered for the HD 800 so forgive my ignorance on the matter, but realistically I'd love at least a 10% upgrade in sound quality or dynamics for a 300$ cable. I think that is fair. We all work hard for our money (well at least I do) so I don't want to get tapped or duped into some snake oil salesmanship, especially in regards to something like cables. Anyway. It's something to think about.