Nordost tend to be almost "bright" and quite revealing.
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Well, I am not sure of your budget, so I will make two suggestions. (FYI, I have no idea if these will work with SET amps or not, but I can not think of a reason why they wouldn't. They certainly work great with our Lamm Hybrids.)
One, if cost is no object, the Nordost Valhallas.
Two, if cost is a factor, the Audience Au24s.
I own the later cables, and my friend owns the former. I have heard both in his system, as he sold me his Au24s in order to upgrade to the Valhallas. The Au24s were really pretty close to the Valhallas in all aspects. The treble in particular sounded great with both cables, with lots of decay and not a trace of brightness.
(But if only the best will do, go with the Valhallas! They do sound just a little bit better, At 4 times the cost, they should much better, but that old law of diminishing returns keeps popping its head up!)
With my Atmasphere OTLs I use the Pure Note Paragon Speaker cables. They give me the balance that you suggest. They have been used by many of my audiophile friends and Pure Note has been around for many years. FWIW.
For the most impressive top end, I recommend Silver Audio Symphony 32 or 48. It's extremely well extended, resolved, and silky (no trace of harshness).
The Cerious do many great things (for example, its PRAT is the best I've heard of any cable in any price range). The top end, however, is a little soft. They offer a full money back auditioning period in case you are still interested in giving them a shot.
Kurt, I think you own the better cable :) I've never used the Vahalla, but I've used various Nordost cables up to the Valkyrie model (seemingly recently continued, but was the model below the Vahalla). The Au24 is a better cable IMO. I think to many people fall for the "more expensive is better" line of thinking.
Sounds like ELF Audio's Super Helix solid core CCC speaker cables are just what you want.Ernest told me they work exceptionally well with SET amp's and full range speaker's.I own a pair and they are really detailed up top with a smooth midrange and great bass impact.An 8ft pair is only $80.00,but they have blown away cables costing waaaayyyy more in my system.If you want to read up on them go to www.elfaudio.net