I am very happy with this combination
Just some feedback - I took your advice, and purchased the Kinki Studio XLR Earth cables. When I initially received my Ares 12th-1, I plugged in my Van Den Hul The Rock XLR's, but found that the sound was a bit rounded, good sound stage, but possibly a little "mellow", a little too laid back.
I then purchased Supra EFF XLRs, but found that although I had a little more detail, the sound stage closed in a bit and also a bit harsh on the top end. I then decided to I had to try the XLR Earths. Quick and painless purchase (ordered on the Thursday evening and received the following Wednesday ). I was very happy with service. Luckily I ordered just in time, as a week later I saw they were out of stock.
When opening the FEDEX parcel, I was very impressed with the packaging - this is more to what I would expect from very high end expensive cables. Plugged them in, ran them on Wednesday evening for a while, then Friday and again today. My initial impressions are - sound stage is back, detail is where it should be, smooth (but not laid back) and musical. Of course, I am sure there is still quite of bit of running in time for them, and my DAC has also only had around 40 hours of running time.
But so far, I am very happy with this combination. Many thanks for the excellent service and the good advice on the Kinki cables. Now I will start the process of putting money away towards the Pontus, but that will be a while away.
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