Paul Speltz Anti Cables : Look no further..Right in your wheelhouse pricerange..........
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Maybe I will get heat for this, but here it goes.
When it comes to cables, sure cables are expensive but my thinking is that if I have spent a good amount of money on speakers and audio gear, then why do I want to skimp on speaker cables ? I am not saying to spend 10k, a pair of cables, but buy something cost relative to the rest of your system.
I think of cables as being the finishing touch or the icing on the cake if you will.
I've tried a lot of cables over the years, Speltz are the best cost conscious cable I've heard. My problem with them is the lack of shielding, not as good as the higher price spread with shielding. I suspect the lack of shielding is why they sound so good, all dialectics have a sound. I'd like to hear the megabuck vacuum shielded Tara Zeros.
I am not saying to spend 10k, a pair of cables, but buy something cost relative to the rest of your system.
I would suggest that you make sure you can tell the difference before dropping more money on cables. The point of diminishing returns comes MUCH faster with cables and dramatic markup for R&D, advertising, and custom materials sometimes, is can be rather extreme. I wonder how many who blindly follow such a formula and the idea that "you get what you pay for" could actually tell the difference blindly between their cables of choice and a pair of Anti-Cables, for instance. I'm not saying cables don't make a difference, I believe they do. If you're willing to put a bit of time and effort into your decision you could use the Cable Company's lending library for the cost of shipping, or you could buy and sell used (though the latter in these times may be more risky). You will always find folks on both sides of your "great debate". I'd find out what side you're on by listening rather than by asking others. As far as suggestions for cables in that price range - I'd agree with many suggestions that have already been given here: Anti-cables, Signal Cable, Blue Jeans, Canare...I'd add to the mix used Harmonic Tech Truthlink at just over $100 for a meter. DH Labs also makes some nice cables in that price range on the used market.
I think I will go with the Anti-cables. A $60 for what I need I can't got wrong.
As for power cables...
Can a high dollar power cable really make that big of a difference? If you are plugging it into the wall (unless you have upgraded your house wiring) you are plugging into 20 plus feet of standard 12 or 14 gauge copper wire that costs maybe $1.00 a foot. If these high dollar cables ran straight to an audiophile breaker in an audiophile breaker box I would understand. But wouldn’t this be the same theory as running lamp cord from your amp, then in the last three feet hooking into a nice speaker cable to hook up to your speakers?