I spent an hour on the phone yesterday with Chris Sommovigo of Black Cat Cable. Chris has quite the reputation. Especially in Japan. He designed the Illuminati D60 digital cables back in the 90's that were the best! I still have and use mine. He even admits today, it is very hard to top the D60 for performance. I mentioned here I've probably under-spent on cables in my system. So, just for fun, I have a top of the line 1m pair of XLR interconnects coming in a few weeks. This is a demo pair to try out... retail on this 1m XLR pair is the Stargate model and is $6K. LOL!! Should be fun! I'm going to insert this XLR pair from the output of the Pass Labs XP-15 phono preamp, to the input of the Audio Research Reference 1 preamp. The Stargate has some really interesting design features and is difficult and time consuming to make. Chris hand makes all of his cables. He does everything from scratch. @pickdropper is a great friend and visits me frequently and knows my system well. He and I are both skeptical but open minded enough to listen. He's got great listening skills, so will be interested to see his reaction to this change. Stay tuned! and be patient! this is going to take a while.