Cool! glad you found a bit of wire that works for you.
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Totally agree. I own a system of entirely PAD Dominus Ferox/Anniversary Contego PCs (Transparent REf IC/SCs) and my last 2 purchases in PCs were Robustos. To my ear, they really are that good, and Mark is a very friendly, helpful and responsive designer/owner. i know Mark but am not affiliated with him. Just a happy consumer. Highly recommended!
The PAD Ann Contego is most remarkable (in my own opinion) for its super-black background and richness of sound. almost a rich black if you will. It makes sound come thru as music.
The Robusto's primary 'character' if i could call it that is a clear, natural sound contrasted against a very black background.
Those are my impressions...the key is when you a/b them. i was surprised at how much detail comes thru on the Robusto compared with the fantastic PAD Ann Contego.
I use the Robusto on my transport and on my Velodyne (the bass became much cleaner, clearer and more controlled). The transport reacted phenomenally well to the Robusto and not so well to the PAD Ferox C.
Hope that helps.
Babybear I would really suggest you read the Positive Feedback report, it does seem to nail the cord very well. I would agree that it sounds slightly softer and darker than other cables I have used. Immediately you have an impression of lack of detail. In fact it is all there, just not brightly lit and obvious. The tonal palette and dynamics are all there and as that report pointed out, it seems to be built on an exceptuonal base performance.
It is loss obvious more organic and natural sounding than some cords, but I really like the sound. I think you have to try it, to see if you do. Mark does sale or return I believe, but he arranged for me to borrow one local to me.