I think the Xindaks are pretty good for the prices they actually sell for. Their retail listing is artificial/inflated, but the street price makes it a contender IMO. I bought some FS-2 to try out in a second system, and haven't been disappointed.
I also tried them in my main system, up against some well-regarded cables---HMS, Silversmith, Concierto Violins--and they weren't embarassed.
Mids are a little smoother and the midbass has a bit more drive with the HMS. There's a touch more immediacy, and a greater sense of ease with the Silversmith. The Violins provide more life and emotion (they're my present fave of the group).
Otherwise, pretty close. at a quarter/third the cost. Decent detail in the mids, reasonably neutral tonally, tight bass, coherence, a good, layered soundstage, and extended highs without zip.
See if your friend will let you borrow his. Every system and person has their own preferences. IMS, they beat out my Tice, Zu and Analysis Plus.