I recommend shopping used. Definitely not Blue Jeans. Cable company has used… that means you can get into the $600 if bought new. By your description you should consider Cardas Clear Reflection. Also, older like Harmonix, either copper or silver coated copper. Both were good for the money then, should be really good used.
Take your time. It is worth getting a good set and for that length, that is not a lot of money. I think mine are about 20’ and cost $5K (granted I have a very high end system)… but I am very happy with them.
@geof3 The new room has a egress window behind the speakers so I can't put the amp table there. So I am putting the amp on a floor rack between the speakers and everything else on a side wall next to my listening chair.
@ghdprentice Thanks, I will look into the cables you mentioned, any more suggestion?
I bought a couple pair of Blue Jeans for my headphone system. Reminded me of the ones that come with a rubber band around them with budget equipment… well, at least they sound that way to me.
WireWorld, Transparent, and Audioquest are the highest sold high end cables and interconnects… in that order. DH Labs I have always found to be very good quality (sound) for the money… but the silver are not warm… all silver construction never is (in my experience) warm. I tried a pair of Nordost Odin 2 all silver ($17K)… they were incredibly transparent, not slightly hard or cold… but not warm.. just absent. The level of detail they communicate was amazing… I had to take them out of my system before I started liking them too much.
Cardas is always warm… choose your level… the higher the level, the less warm.
@hifi28 Think about this for a second. As an egress window, the likelihood of needing it is pretty slim overall. Even with an amp on the floor in front of it, access is still a problem potentially. A rack high enough for a preamp and amp is only going to be maybe 20” higher give or take. I have 5 egress windows in my basement. Most have something in front of them obscuring some sort of access, but still movable if need be. Get a rack on coasters if necessary. Simple to move and keep those runs short. Just a thought.
@goef3 I only have 1 egress window and I am placing the amp just behind the speaker so at least two feet from the window. Besides, the table is not only for the amps, also cdp, turntable, phono amp, dac, HT receiver, blue ray player etc... I did thought about putting coasters under the table. Even I have carpet on top of concrete but still not sure about viberation especially for the turntable. I have to re-think about that.
Anyone done coasters?
I have 2 preamps that connect to an amp(s) using two 15 foot Benchmark XLR’s. It is an excellent value cable. Speaker cable is where I spend my cable money.
If your requirement is XLR cables do a bit of research on AES48. My gear supports the spec and I think it allows me to save money on XLR interconnects.
@hifi28 you could coaster the table and isolate the TT in other ways if need be. All sorts of options for that. Frankly, carpet on concrete won’t be an issue IMO. As long as you use a solid table/stand setup, putting it on coasters would be fine. You could even do carpet sliders under the rack and serve the same purpose.