Interesting Tekunda, & thanks for posting experience. Can you repeat what equipment you're presently using & the music of choice?
Thanks for the posting. This is a daunting task. I really hate checking out cables....makes me ready for the funny farm......now where's me medication? Will look forward to the final review....I'll make do with the satori. Sean, if you happen upon this I'm curious, how good is the Jon Risch speaker cable? I'll bet it is in the oval 9 league.....cheers and good listening, Bluenose....
I would suggest trying to keep all the cables "warmed up" if at all possible and listen to them after they've been running for some time. This means putting them temporarily into a second system, hooking them to a "burner", etc... and then comparing after they've had some time to settle in and you've had some time to become familiar with them. In my experience, MOST cable changes are subtle if the system is well balanced to begin with. I have had some cables make MAJOR changes upon their introduction into the system but most of those were TAKING AWAY from the system or adding something WAY over the top.
I would also encourage you to check into a device similar to a Mobie. You are investing a LOT of money into IC's and it would be to your advantage to hear what they are REALLY capable of. I would not have believed the difference if i had not experienced it myself.
As to Bluenose's question about Jon's CC 89259 speaker cable, i've never buit or used those. I would venture to say that they are probably pretty darn good for the cash involved, especially if you doubled them up and ran them in a "Star Quad" pattern. Jon himself recommends this if you are running big power or have a long run. Even though i have never heard this design, I have little doubt in my mind that i would rather use those than be stuck with Oval 9's. This is MY personal opinion though, so keep that in mind. Sean
Tekunda ,As long as you are looking at cables in this price range,don't forget to try Omega Mikros' Ebony i/c and Planar 4 spkr.I was at CES and heard the Analog 5/planar 3 combination absolutely demolish Nordost Quatrifil/SPM.Give them a shot,with a 30 day money-back guarantee,what's there to lose.Good listening and good luck on your quest. Tom