Oct 14, 2020 at 8:18 AM
That’s surprising to hear, you’d think other companies would want to sell their cables as wellwow, you are probably the only representative from some brands responding. the bundled cable simply not giving clear enough separation of treble and vocal. some suggested leo2 or cleo, any comments please!
Those 2 cables came to mind first as well, as they pair nicely with warm iems. I did some side by side listening with the Phantom. Both are quite similar tonally, with a clear, neutral sound, characteristic of silver alloy cables. Where they differ mostly is their mid-bass, and its effect on the staging and midrange.
Leonidas has a punchy and controlled sub-bass, nice for electronic beats; very well-defined. But overall the bass is quite neutral due to the mid-bass, which is laidback both in terms of quantity and position. This adds a bit of depth and certainly width, creating an airy and spacious stage with great separation. Importantly, it also results in a very transparent midrange, which gives it a very dynamic sound – arguably its greatest selling point.
By comparison, Cleopatra has slightly more mid-bass quantity, resulting in a bit more impact and a livelier mid-bass (bass guitars pop out a bit more for instance, nice with rock music). While the midrange isn’t as transparent as Leo II, the midrange and therefore overall sound is as a result smoother. So, bit of a give and take there. Leo II has a bit more dynamism and 'in your face' sound which makes it exciting, but Cleopatra is very smooth and easy to listen to.
To summarise their relative differences:
+ Stage and separation
+ Midrange transparency
+ Mid-bass quantity/impact