(20 year old) 1.0 meter Kimber hero xlr and Audioquest diamondback xlr cables

I have been using my 1.0 meter Kimber hero xlr cables  for 15-20 years. Have them hooked up between my Accuphase E5000 and PS Audio digital link III dac  and they sound good. Just found my old pair of 1.0 meter Audioquest diamondback xlr cables and tried them for a week. The Audioquest have a nice treble and warmer sound with less bass to them. I was shocked to hear the difference. The Kimber have more heft and bass to the sound, which I like better, but like the warmer more treble sound of the audioquest. I never thought 1.0 meter xlr interconnect cables could sound so different. The question is, can I get an xlr with the warmer sweeter sounding treble and the more heft in the bass? Is there a cable out there in the $200-$300 range for a pair that you guys could recommend? I like a certain sound from each of these cables I tried.

IDK if this sounds crazy and I can't believe the sound difference between the cables. I have always had the Kimber hero xlr in my older classe" system and now the new Accuphase E5000 integrated, both with the PS audio digital link III dac.


I have a pair of cables I was gonna put on the market but haven’t yet and think they might might give you everything you’re looking for.  PM me and we can discuss. 

Well, the absolute only way to definitively know which cables will sound best in your system is through trail and error. You must audition as many cables as you possibly can and let your ears be your guide. There is no other way.  Happy listening.

@kennymacc I know, that trial and air is long expensive process. I was hoping some others on here happened to run in the same thing, same cables  and maybe found something. Thanks

I would suspect and seen oxydation under the dielectric ,over time it too can get brittle ,especially being that old. Newer products have coatings on the metal and 

dielectric application is bonded far better .

plus your connectors are low quality gold over brass which is 3 x more noise,resistance then qualityGold copper , time for a serious loom upgrade 

same applies to power cords , go to Audio Art ,his fair priced plus power cords have Gold copper Furutech connectors , good connectors eliminate bottlenecks 

and many times over looked evern mfg speakers ,considering you can get at dealer cost Evo WBT connectors for under $100 for4 , and internally cheap Xovers over 70% of manufacturers still do this practice at the expense of the sonics ,Why ? To save $$ I have been rebuilding Xovers or upgrading them for years . I use copper on every connector it sounds so much better ,more natural.

I used to own a few pairs of Kimber Kable Hero HB that I really liked. The difference between the HB and the ordinary Hero is that the signal supply cable is made of pure silver instead of copper. That changes the sound significantly, perhaps in the way you are looking for. But as said by somebody else, trial and error is the only way for you to find out. Unfortunately, the HB version of these great cables is quite rare on the used market. I sold mine recently with a pinch in the heart as my new system only has single ended terminals.

Good luck !