I'm surprised to be posting this, because I always thought the hype surrounding "high end" cables was just that-- hype. Yesterday, I received (from TB'er Butchonbass at Bayou Cables-- a great guy to business with) a Canare cable with a Neutrik straight on one end and a G&H right angle on the other. The cable's just like this one but 10' in length: http://bayoucables.com/pics/blackbg.jpg I very carefully a/b'd it with a no-name GC bought cable of the same length (the ones with light blue collars near the jacks). I always thought the GC cable was just fine. The results: I can really tell the difference and again, I'm surprised to say it. The Bayou cable provides noticeably better clarity. The GC cable sounds "muffled" by comparison (high end especially) and sounds "thumpier" or "tubbier" on the low end-- less distinct. My test set up-- Zon bass=>Avalon U5=>Cafe Walter Headphone amp=>Grado cans=>my eardrums The Cafe Walter and Grado's really allow very subtle differences to come through, but this was not really subtle. It was a very noticable difference. I wonder if I'll be able to tell live, but won't be able to test it with the band 'til practice on Monday night next week (no gig this weekend).