Home-made Cat5 cables. Dirt cheap and sound great!
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Some of the characters got remvoed from the subject line..
I wanted to say "Best 10 foot speaker cable for 250 dollars"
Some how the single quote I used for foot and the dollar
sign didn't show up..
I really don't want to make cables.. I'm looking for
something toe-tapping but not bright or fatigueing..
I auditioned the CAT 5 DIY cables (168 strands or something like that) and still felt that the inexpensive Kimber 4VS ($3/ft) bettered them in all areas. I have been very curious about the Mapleshade Double Helix cables which fit your budget and have a 30 day return/refund policy. I went with a 47 Labs cable kit instead for now (should be receiving it later this week). I agree that Kimber 4TC is very hard to beat granted that your system is not on the bright side as it will not soften the sound from my experience but will not add brightness either. Some people are now "down" on Analysis Plus, but they do have a reputation for smoothing out the sound, if this is what you are looking for and have a strong following nonetheless. If you decide on AP I would recommend that you contact Disco at this site in regard to price quotes. He can also make custom connections if you require bananas instead of spades.
It depends on your system and speakers in particular. The Kimber 4TC is a vivid and fairly balanced cable, but can be slightly bass shy. I don't know if it's the best choice for a bright or fast speaker. I would still take it over 8TC, which sounded a bit slower than the 4. The Alpha-Core MI2 is also excellent at this price point, with more bass than the 4TC and refined highs. Heard some recently and bought a run for my own system.