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many past discussions on cables. IMO they all sound different. expensive doesnt mean better. larger manufacturers can afford bigger machines to wind the cables in more sophisticated designs. some excellent budget cables are sold by audioquest, kimber, bluejeanscables.com and anti-cables. trust your ears.
I think you were able to prove to yourself that cables do effect the sound. In your case for the worse, but this should be taken as a signal to you that cables can change your sound.
I do not believe you need to spend huge amounts to get a better sound. Read the threads here, there are many good companies that provide good results for a small investment.
crutchfield has monster m650i on sale right now. Great middle of the road cable. Price is even better. So does e bay I just got a pair 22.00. Yep here we go again or you could by direct from china and really get a great pair at an even better price. Got my eye on a pair of Audioquest Niagra's right now. 2m rca 75v DBS $260.00 Can you believe that?
educate your ear by auditioning different types of cables. that is, listen to copper,silver and gold-based cables. losten to cables with different dielectrics and of course the connectors will vary too.
the problem is there are many variables and it is impossible to predict how a cable will perform in a given system.
however, the learning experience is worth it.
Contact the Cable Company as they have a loaner program and will let you audition a number of cables for a nominal fee. When you are done you just return them. If you happen to like any you auditioned they can sell you what you need. Also, there are a number of vendors that offer no risk trial periods. They are worth looking into as well.
The Cable Company is a good choice. I believe Clear Day Cables still offer a demo pair or two that are already broken in. If you like them, buy a new pair while you send back the demo pair. There should be enough samples out there to give you a good idea of what you like based on what works in your system.
All the best,
All one has to do is avoid the "grass is always greener somewhere else" syndrome.
When you find a cable you like. Stop.
Only folks selling cables want you to keep searching for the 'holy grail' of cables..
I could care less if 'maybe' some other cable might possibly sound better. I am satisfied with what i have.
Gee not neurotic abour cables? how can that be.. i must not really be an audiophile?
Personally if you are not happy with your system's sound, no cable is going to fix that.
On the other hand, if you love the sound of your setup, a good cable might make it even better. though it also might screw it up. Who knows... So i say be happy with what you have...
(Obviously i have no interest in selling you a new cable!!!)
if you are not happy with your system's sound, no cable is going to fix that.Elizabeth, you nailed my thoughts exactly. I have used a lot of different cables but none that I would consider to approach the impact of upgrading/changing components or speakers. I do perceive differences between types of cables based on materials and geometry, but of the better made cables I have used (including cables I have made) there have been only a few that I couldn't live with. OTOH, there have been speakers, amps, preamps and sources that I couldn't stand to have in my system. Therefore, in the hierarchy of things, it is my experience to first select and match components and speakers that meet one's listening preferences, suitably position them in a reasonably sized and damped room, provide good power (dedicated lines), deal with vibrations, and then finally consider cables when you feel the need to play around with stuff.
I just replaced the $3 Y-adapters (needed to biamp) with $10 ones recommended by Paul Speltz of Anti-Cables (http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=AQM22FHRD). What a HUGE difference in overall sound and bass in particular! Sound is now worth the upgrades to the Nautilus 804's & 2nd Bryston amp. I've stopped looking at subs even. Still using crap for IC's, but ordered an Anti-Cable set.
Didn't read the whole thread, but FWIW, many people in the industry (for instance Robert Harley, editor of TAS) recommend spending no more than about 5% of your total system budget on the cabling. While they can make a difference, every other part of the system will make much bigger differences in the overall sound.