Wow, I read this entire thread! I went to Portland two months ago to upgrade my speaker mains and center channel from Fred's Sound of Music. After that was completed I went to 32Ohm/ALO Audio to audition headphones and cables. Based on my experience building several different personal systems over the years (I think I'm on "v.7" now) I'm a firm believer in thinking cables are another component in the chain requiring careful consideration. So it didn't surprise me that I could tailor the sound signature of the LCD2 simply by using different cable styles. I auditioned the LCD2, HD650, Beyer T5p, and Ultrasone HFI-780. The LCD2 with ALO cables was easily the best SQ compared to the others. My notes say the HD650 came in 2nd along with being the best value. One of my main system philosophies has always been to achieve the best value for my money. Now my new speakers sound amazing compared to what I had before but it made me realize that my current interconnects and speaker cables aren't allowing my system to sound the best that I believe it is capable of. So I have been researching this subject and came up with the Nordost Heimdal which from what I have read sounds like it would be a good match to the other components. Now if I could replace all cables with the Q-Audio I would save ~40-50% in the process. I would be interested in hearing about anyone here that is using Q-Audio cables in there main system? (Hopefully this request isn't off-topic.) Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this thread. Being a noob here I really appreciate the collective knowledge that is being shared for everyone's benefit.