AudioQuest vs Cardas XLR

Hello all,

Looking to upgrade my interconnects from my McIntosh C2700 to MC611 monoblocks. I am very interested in AQ Tbirds or Firebirds vs. Cardas Clear Beyond XLRs. I want an end-game cable and would appreciate some feedback. I'm open to any additional suggestions. I do enjoy the prodigious bass/midbass and the smooth midrange that the combo provides. It's a little light on top, though (as McIntosh is). I think Cardas and AQ will preserve my wishes, but is there anything out there that will keep my midrange/mid-bass/bass and improve upon the highs? I think I may be asking for too much, though! I would be very grateful for some direction. 


I'm also looking at Cardas XLR, though the Clear is outside my budget. 

Has anyone tried the more affordable Clear Sky model?

@lollipopguild Has anyone tried the more affordable Clear Sky model


Where are you finding "affordable" Clear Sky? And how affordable?

Just checked a few different sites and sure enough those same cheap counterfeit Sky sets are listed for sale out there again, heads up. Lots of threads on it.


@lollipopguild Anyhow, this is now moot as I've ordered the Cygnus

Good deal. Should be good to go. 

I'm enjoying trying Cygnus with different components. Some times I interchange Cygnus with Clear Reflection. Both are nice for different reasons. You definitely can hear a little more with the 4-wire Cygnus, when compared to prior generations


The Cygnus's arrived today, and already after only an hour of listening the detail and transparency they're offering is remarkable.  Though, to be honest, they're a touch harder and brighter than I was hoping for.

I noticed in an earlier comment you remarked on their burn-in. Can I ask how they are likely to change?