I rolled out my Outlaw IC's today and put in a pair of Nordost Blue Heaven DIN to RCA IC's. I've always been in the school that said cables made little if any difference, but after being into this hobby for over 30 years I learned different this morning.
There was a major diffence in the sound. With the Nordost I have a much more pronouned and detailed midrange. Maybe even to the point of being a bit annoying. When I listen to music I'm accustomed to and at the same levels I'm accustomed to, the Nordost causes my ears to ring. The Outlaw does not.
Much more siblance on the vocals, schreech of the finger sliding along the guitar strings are much more pronounced, better seperation between instruments with more air. The bass in not as extended and the mid-bass is quite reserved compared to the Outlaws, but the bass is also more detailed. A leaner and more etched sound. More detail for sure.
Which is better, I'm not sure right now. When I rolled the Outlaw back in I found myself missing some of the things the Nordost did. I also have a Chord Cobra cable that I bought at the same time as the Nordost cable and I rolled it in as well. It sounds very much like the Outlaw and I'm going to have to do some serious comparisonsto see if I can tell any differnce at all. They are very close, but both sound completely different from the Nordost.
I'll report back when as I continue my experiment. BTW, I'm only rolling the cable between my source CDP (Naim CD5i) and pre-amp. Pre to power is still the Outlaw and I have Monster M1s' for my speakers.