Thanks for the link to the Nirvana. Read the article but it is out of my budget. Jay has golden ears, doesn't he?
Focusing on the Lazuli Reference though, very interested to hear what a cross-section of people on Head-Fi think, compared to Jay's views on Audio Bacon. How does the Lazuli R compare to the old and new stock cables from Focal, and esp. after an extended period of listening. Are people still happy after a couple of years or does the novelty wear off.
Not to exclude current / new listening experiences as well, of course. If you are willing to post.
Here in the UK there is a bit of a preference for the Nordost Heimdal 2 but that might be because they are readily available, vs an international order for the Lazulis.
I’ve already stated that I find it a bigger upgrade for the Utopia’s than upgrading my Focal Arche to the Chord mscaler/Dave. When I sold the Chord combo I didn’t miss it. When I sent the Danacable cable back to get the XLR plug, I missed the sound very much. Luckily they replaced the plug and sent back same day. Had cable back within less than a week.
So I’ve gotten so used to the sound it produces, switching to stock cable makes it sound like a slightly different headphone. Still pretty amazing but not as open sounding, as rich mids, or detailed and clear sounding.
I can see how some may prefer the slightly warmer sound of the stock original cable if have a lean source. With the Focal Arche, think it’s not lacking in warmth at all so the Danacable shines. And stock is only warmer, not because it had better bass, but because the mid and highs not as clear.
I’m getting sick of myself talking about the cable, so I’ll stop but you did ask. Hoping more people chime in
I should note that I don’t have any experience with other cables than the stock one. So it’s possible there are other great cables out there for a better price.