By way of background, I am using the Shure SE535 Special Edition from Asia. I was very pleased with my set up and was entirely satisfied with the sound. Or so I thought...I then ordered the OCC silver cables from Ted Allen on Headphonelounge not really expecting much sonic difference but I am astounded. I knew right away that the sound would change as the slight hiss prevalent in all Shure IEMs was gone. The memory wire was actually easier to slip over my ears than the stock cables and it retains its shape after only the initial fitting. Also, I am finding that the 24 gauge silver wires are much less likely to tangle than the stock Shure.
The silvers have opened already great highs and expanded the soundstage slightly without sacrificing the low end or the midrange. The easiest way for me (an admitted neophyte audiophile) to describe the general difference between the stock cables and the silvers is an material overall tightening and clarity of the sonic signature from top to bottom. I have read hear some people state that pure silver makes the sound brighter but I think what you hear is more clarity not brightness.
The silvers took what I thought was a great universal IEM and made them SOAR. Listening to Peter Gabriel's flute and Steve Hackett's guitar of Genesis in "The Fifth of Firth" or Steven Wilson voice of Porcupine Tree has brought a noticeable clarity and beauty heretofore unheard. Bravo Ted.
I recently purchased an RSA Protector and at the same time ordered balanced OCC silver cables and an LOD from Ted at Headphonelounge. The combination of the Protector with balanced OCC silver cables is incredible. The level of detail and PRaT and the expanded soundstage cannot be overstated.
As for the build quality of Ted's cables they are very similar to Ray Samuels, in a word excellent. The attention to detail Ted puts into his cables is exactly the same Ray puts into his amplifiers. The 24 gauge quad silver cables are soft and flexible with no microphonics. Finally, Ted is a real pleasure to deal with and his prices are the most competitive for OCC cables I have found.
Post post script:
I have preordered the SE846 and cannot wait to listen to them through the Protector and OCC silver balanced cables from Headphonelounge. I am hoping that will be a sonic marriage made in heaven.