The primary reason that I use the NBS Signature II IC is for the midrange resolution. The King Serpent II could not separate instruments in the 200Hz-500Hz region as well as the Signature II. This is strange since the construction of the two cables seems similar with the Signature II measuring only .5 cm more in circumference. (HAS ANYONE OUT THERE DISSECTED THESE TWO CABLES TO DETERMINE HOW THEY ARE CONSTRUCTED DIFFERENTLY?) As far as warmth, I think the NBS Signature II has more than sufficient warmth, but then again I cannot really tell since I use tube amps. I have not done any comparison testing between NBS and Cardas, but I have done testing between NBS and Coincident, Ortofon, and AudioTruth. The NBS was overall superior than all of them, and also more expensive. My impression is that the Signature II is the lowest TRUE HIGH END cable in the NBS series and has the best price/performance ratio of the NBS cables (if that is a valid criteria in this price range). Some people I know prefer the Signature II to the Master II in their system; but this really depends on the system.
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