What do you consider "a King's Ransom" to be?
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I understand what you are asking but I don't know if you are going about it the right way. The first thing you need to consider is what type of components you own. If you have an entry level system that doesn't have the highest resolution, it wouldn't make sense to buy really high end cables. Your system won't be able to take full advantage of them. If you list your components, you may be able to get some better recommendations.
That said, I can recommend one cable that is definitely worth looking into. If you are willing to buy used, you can probably get a very price on a pair of Audioquest Jaguars. I own several pairs and even at its list price, they will hold their own with other cables that cost a lot more. The best part is that if you look at the cable that replaced it, (Columbia) its almost the same cable. The upgrades are very small. I have those, as well, and I really can't hear much of a difference, if any. Jaguars sell for very low prices. They are true high end cables that match well with just about everything.
I am also exploring a similar road with a small 2nd system. Wireworld has entry level cables that are suppose to be quite good. For instance, their Equinox 6 interconnects are $200/meter. Again, I am only giving this some thought, and have yet to hear them. I agree w/ Zd542 about knowing your system and $ range. This would best help others help you.
I have blue jeans speaker cables and rcas. IMO they are the best value for money. Custom lengths, nuetral, low cost, fast shipping and they have a new machine that welds the wire directly to the termination to ensure tight fit that will never come loose.
I also own audioquest type 4 which are IMO also an excellent value. They are a little bit better than the blue jeans, but a little more expensive too.
I second Ejlif's recommendation of Grover Huffman's cables. I have tried the cables you suggest along with some other higher priced offerings. It wasn't until I put his speaker cables and interconnects into my system that I appreciated a cable could do more than just sound different from whatever it replaced. His cables placed the music and the listening experience way beyond the sound. Greater emotional engagement, more toe tapping and chair dancing, and longer listening sessions. Power cables next. Grover seems like a really nice guy to boot.
Reality cables from Gregg Straley are very much as their name implies: delivering an impressively natural and complete sound picture.
And, if you can find Auricle Audio Design from Joe Mazzaglia, another truly high value brand.
These each have consistently enhanced enjoyment in a variety of my systems. Plus, each have been able to provide "wow" experiences.with favorite recordings.
Cullen Cable PCs and Clear Day ICs and speaker cables. Cullen's Gold Series PC's in my system replaced Shunyata Diamondbacks and made them sound like cheap stock cords. And I replaced Morrow sp4 speaker cables with Clear Day Double Shotguns and it was a TKO. And Clear Day ICs bested Audioquest King Cobras in my system by a wide margin. Both of these companies offer money back refunds, and are fabulous to work with. Heck, Paul at Clear Day will probably send you some for trial. Contact him. You will not regret it!
I have a lower powered Class D amp and the power cords I've used with them with good results were DH Labs Power Plus power cords and Pangea AC9. For ICs I liked using Morrow Audio 1.1. Speaker wire was real budget. I used White Lighting Moonshine cords (14AWG Patio Cord extension cable from China) Locking Banana plugs on the amp side and bare wire on the speaker side.
Cullen Power Cords are on the wish list (sorry Patrick, I am going to buy your p.c.'s at some point, I promise)
Paul at clear day makes some great cables and is a true gentleman!!
Frank at signal cables makes great cables and is a great guy to work with also! I run silver res. xlr's and speaker cables and love them. They bring out details that were just not there with blue jeans. Blue jeans is better than monster cable (of course) and way better than the audioquest rocket 44's, just not of the same caliber as clear day or signal cable :-)
Also have tried tara labs rsc prime 500. Good creamy mids, but lacked high end sparkle and bass articulation. Almost kept the tara's though. Go figure.
Tmsorok, I never made any claims to "intelligence" even though I spell fairy "tale" rather than "tail".
Curmudgeon you are sir! There are folks here trying to have a discussion and you have dismissed the entire thread like some emperor, just on your say so. I'm sorry but I choose not to comply!
High end audio has had many products over the years that swing beyond their weight class. I think the original post was asking about cables in this category.
I also agree ,that the Analysis Plus Oval 9 is an exceptional loudspeaker cable ,and the Solo a Crystal Copper interconnect is a steal at it's price
If you need more air and sparkle on top the more expensive Silver over Copper In- Connect is the way to go ,if you want a bit more focus on a meatier midrange stick with the Solo Crystal . I Strongly advise
Keeping with same brand Oval as a cable system ,interconnects,
And Loudspeaker cables to get the most out of your system impedance
Inductance matching is very important, and 300 hour breakin may seem extreme ,but true it sounds much better after 150 hours,but at over 300 hours even better low level detail and focus. I would recommend the
Purist audio breakin cd , or the Isotek cd is very good and track 3 is a full system tuneup 5 minute set of sonic sweep signals done daily or weekly you can hear the difference ,in a sence demagnetizes the whole electronic system.