Nordost Red Dawn was too bright for my system....I preferred the Blue Heaven
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The original (pre-LEIF series) Blue Heaven and Red Dawn were indeed very different sounding, with BH being softer sounding and more laid back in perspective while the RD was more forward and revealing. This often led to one being generally preferred in a particular system type while the other sounded less suited to the same system. The new LEIF series is much more consistent in presentation and just gets better as you move up the line regardless of the system's perspective. Hope that this helps!
Thanks to Stringreen and Bill-k for their input, It is very helpful
To Bill-k: Your comments seem to indicate you heard these cables. The points made about the previous Nordost series are accurate. I have read similar comments.
I have been mulling this over for some time and just missed a deal on Leif RD, through my own hesitation. In my situation, I have a pair of Acoustic Zen Adagios which are a bit tipped upward(could be the room acoustics) and use a pair of Red Dragon digital monoblocks which I think may ad to the trace of brightness on the top end The Leif BH would be more affordable for me, but the few "existing" reviews I have read were not exactly enthusiastic for this upgraded version.
Previously, BH was supposed to be bloated in the bass with other anomalies in its frequency range. So, how much better can the new Leif BH be?? If they can convincingly outperform the entry level Audio Art SC5 speaker cable (under $200 for an 12 ft single pair) I currently use, I would be happy to put the search to rest.