I have found low end Nordost not that good and high end Nordost simply spectacular.
I would recommend Cardas Clear. Should fit what you are looking for.
+1 (emphasis added) …. On both counts. This is the best advice you will get in this thread.
I also enthusiastically recommend CARDAS CLEAR as my go-to top performer.
I upgraded my entire cables loom to CARDAS CLEAR from NORDOST FREY. The FREYs were very good, but an irritating digital “edge” / and upper level brightness persisted . With the intro to the CC loom, it was thankfully tamed along with an upgrade in audio performance that was not subtle..
There is a real advantage to being able to read about products from Main stream media before you buy. While you may choose a new upstart with a great new product, the odds are that companies that have been putting money into R&D for decades are going to, produce products that are of top quality and will hold their value versus a one off, or something with a couple good attributes and some short comings. So, in general, I stick with highly reviewed products.
As @christianb5s4 said, the DH Labs digital cables are ridiculously high performing for their price. I know their cables have not been the most hyped in recent years but big props to them. The value is just insane.
Kimber D60 is a reviewer digital cable.If you can find used Marigo apparition digital cable is also excellent.Kimber d60 is detail with right system like tubes it’s hard to beat. Marigo huge soundstage and lots of air, instruments placements is there as well.Full bodied.Both Kimber And Marigo has natural extension and speed. Vocals are to die for.
I’d recommend trying this Acoustic Zen MC2. I got one and it blew me away and does everything well. If it doesn’t blow away your Nordost just turn around and sell it. Best of luck.
I’ll reiterate the Acoustic Zen MC2 I mentioned above is a $660 cable you can get lightly used for only $290. AZ is known for very natural-sounding cables (I also own their speaker cables and interconnects so I kinda know) and will almost certainly add some flesh on the bones you’re looking for without sacrificing detail. If you buy it and it doesn’t work out you can surely turn around and sell it at little/no loss, and if it works out you have a high bar for another cable to displace it. Given what I’ve heard, that may take a large investment. Only bringing this up again because I’m not really sure you need to spend $1k+ to get what you’re looking for. FWIW.