Cardas Clear Or Transparent
I have been a user of Cardas interconnects all my life ranging from the Quadlink 5C, Golden Cross, Golden Presence to Golden Reference.
I am currently looking for a XLR interconnect between Krell FPB 200c power amp and Cary SLP 05 preamp and auditioned both the Cardas Clear and Transparent Ultra MM2. The Clear was a step above the Golden Reference in terms of speed, openness and top end extension and air. It was as if a veil had lifted. What was different was less midrange bloom. The Transparent Ultra MM2 was even more open and surprisingly had more inner detail in the midrange and treble, also with better imaging and soundstaging, albeit leaner and more analytical while being natural sounding at the same time, with less bloom than the Clear. The Clear seemed more musically coherent - details blended to create a musical whole while not standing out in themselves in any way like the Transparent Ultra MM2. Ideally, what I would like is a cable that is in between the two in most attributes perhaps with a bit more midrange bloom.
Any advice on this is appreciated especially from those familiar with many cables out there, particularly Cardas and Transparent. I am guessing the Transparent Reference may fit my preferences but they are beyond my budget. I was wondering if anyone has tried Cardas Clear Reflection and what you thought of it. Alternatively, if you could suggest something else, that would also be appreciated.
Thanks and regards