The X-1s are the best interconnects I've ever heard. I like them better than the Argent Audio Pursang S, which goes for around 1300. The X-2 are even better, so much so that I bought a pair for almost 4X the price of the X-1. The X-2 has the best bass hands down I've ever heard, which is what initially impressed me about the X-1. The X-2 has a more relaxed top end and even more detailed if that is possible. I don't know if it is the best, but it's certainly the cream of the crop for what appears to be a bargain price. If your system has no inherent brightness you may just be fine with a used set of X-1 for a steal and be happy forever, just don't make the mistake of hearing the X-2 or you'll have to get it.