Hoping someone has heard these two and can provide some insight.
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I'm not familiar with the Audience but I did own the Cardas Neutral Ref for a while. Great mid range but rolled off highs and lows. Previously I had the AQ King Cobra's and they had better highs and lows BUT there was little emotion to the sound (I mean tonality they were very good but no life to the music like the Cardas had). I have since moved on to the Nordost Frey and today I have the Nordost Tyr2. The Frey had all the emotion and highs with good bass - not great. The Tyr2 adds the weight to the lows and mids. The Nordost also has the wider soundstage. For me personally I find the XLR had an even wider soundstage but the gain was more than I personally prefer.
My system is a Meridian G08 and an Octave V70se integrated. System synergy has a lot to do with everything so the Audience could sound better in your system than what I noticed with my Cardas in my system.
Both cables have been written up as very good. May I suggest contacting the cable co and arrange for some demos in your home with your system. It's your ears and expectations - not mine or any one else's OPINION.
Thanks Xti16. I'm surprised that the Neutral Refs were rolled off in your system. I've heard them (not in my system) compared to other Cardas cables, and in that context they did not sound rolled off, but I guess that's no surprise since (IMO) a number of Cardas cables do have a "soft" quality at the frequency extremes. I agree system synergy can make a world of difference, though.