I'm looking for screaming good value to start out with
Mike, I have a similar setup, Mc c1000, Mc 1.2k, and just sold Mcd 1100. I did like you're doing and saved the cables till last. You have a million choices and will likely get just as many recommendations. I'm not a dealer or a schill but in MY system the Audioquest cables sounded so good I stopped looking. FWIW my goal has always been no coloration, no filtration, and lower noise floor. My first AQ set of cables were the Oak SC, Colorado IC, and NRG 10 PC. These were quiet, revealing, uncolored, and reasonably priced. My amps are direct to the wall and the pre/cdp are through a Hydra 4. Through the Hydra 4 I can hear little or no difference between stock and big $$ PCs. Good Luck! Ed
Never owned your equipment but I'll suggest cabling on my system. Started with a bloom of Acoustic Zen.(Krakatoa PC, Silver Ref IC's and Satori shotgun SPC)
As in this hobby your always looking to upgrade, so after reading countless positive reviews on Nordost cables I took the plunge. Boy, I'm glad I did. Sold off all my AZ cables and now have a complete system with all Nordost Norse series cables. Just my 2 cents.
Upgraded to a Shot-gunned NORDOST FREY speaker cable set ; with shot-gunned HEIMDALL jumpers, and matched to FREY XLR ICs.
RESULT: The improvements in all aspects were huge. These were a great extension to my REGA ISIS valve cdp, REGA OSIRIS amp and REGA R9 speakers kit.
Google them and you will see the HEIMDALLS/FREYs/TYRs (v.1) being heavily discounted by the dealers as they roll out the V.2
I found that price does not mean anything with cables. You just have to try each of them in YOUR system to hear what each of them can do. I am using Anti-Cables with great success, any Cardas cable just ruined the sound for MY system....yet Cardas is what the manufacturer of my electronics suggest. YUK
It would help to know what you're currently using and what types of sound characteristics you're looking to preserve or improve. Also, you don't mention any power conditioning or dedicated lines?
Morrow and My Audio Cables(MAC) seem to get consistently good reviews (along with may others listed above) although it always comes down to individual tastes and system synergy of course. At least they make it easy to try them. As for PCs, I haven't tried them yet but Triode Wire Labs seems very interesting. And I read a nice review of Luminous Audio power cables a while back (Positive Feedback I think) that always stuck in my mind. Best of luck.
I am sitting here at almost 10pm with the volume down low on my stereo trying out some MIT Matrix 28 cables loaned to me by a local dealer and am astounded by the detail and soundstage of these cables. Even at low volumes timbre and detail of individual instruments come through beautifully. I've only got a few hours on the breaking in process and they have already got me thinking of how I am going to pay for them.
MG Audio Design . Read review at stereomojo and get a SC+IC to your taste with 30 days back. I took a silver IC between source and pre and hybrids to my amp. Probably my final set of cables. Smashed cables cost 10 times more including nordost odin.
Don't have any connections with them - just one happy customer.
Try the Von Schweikert Master Built line. They are simply amazing across the price spectrum. I have tried lots of the top name cables and I can tell you these are the best I have tried in my system. The cables were designed in conjunction with Dephi Aerospace who develops wire for the space and military. They are true engineers and have come up with top notch cabling.