I currently employ a custom Cobra (2m) DIN > XLR between my HCDR and active ATC speakers. I purchased a demo STA earlier this year to go between my nDac and 82 and it was immediately obvious the improvement over the standard lavender IC. Since then I've enjoyed the system immensely, letting everything settle in.
The next two cable moves I plan to make are Power Line the nDac (bare) and as good as the Cobra is, I can't help but think it's a current bottleneck, replace it with something up the Chord ladder. For a few different reasons I'd also like to have a longer IC between the HCDR and ATCs. So I've been considering calling my Chord dealer and asking about pricing for a 3m DIN>XLR cable. Seems the current choices are: Music, STA, Signature, and Shawline.
3m of STA would be pretty (pretty pretty) pricey! I shudder to think what Music would cost (Interestingly, the USA importer of Chord still has the price list up from Dec 2014, so I have no idea what the premium for Music is at 1m lengths). Going with STA between the HCDR and ATCs would ensure more consistent matching between nDac and 82. However, since the voltages are lower between nDac/82 compared to after the 82, I've assumed the better cable should be there. Alternatively if I'm running lengths of 3m will the STA's performance justify the difference over the Signature TA?
Strat, not sure if you've compared Sig TA directly to STA, but if so, I'd appreciate if you could point me towards the thread where you did!