If you can diy, then Furutech 14awg S022N. Price for 1m with plugs would be around 110$.
Perfect for sources and integrated amps of reasonable current draw.
Cullen Cable makes high-value cables that get good reviews and customer feedback. Best of luck.
”this was under $100 pre Biden”
I was not aware the President is in the cable business, who would have thought?
If he isn’t in the cable business, just how did he personally make the price go up?
@soix , my feelings exactly. I do not see why the OP felt he had to add that to his post. Perhaps something on FAUX entertainment riled him?
So, @carlsbad your implication was clearly that Biden caused the price of cables to increase. I know your ilk isn’t big on facts or evidence and more on just flouting unsubstantiated claims, but please regale us with your evidence on specifically how Biden is responsible for increasing the price of audio cables. I’d love to hear your economic analysis and could use a good laugh. I will stomp your argument into the ground if you continue this ridiculous statement because you clearly have no knowledge of global economics, but I’d be just as happy if you refrain from bringing partisan politics into our audio discussions. It brings no value, and go elsewhere for that please.
I actually think power and speaker cables are fun to build. Others not as fun. For power I use DH Labs (Silver Sonic) top-end red bulk cable for amps and the one-rung down "Power Plus" for everything else. Wattgate connectors appropriate for the usage. I don't put braided sleeving on them because the stock cable's finish is easy to wipe down and power cables tend to get dustier than others.
@signaforce and others - just saw on Cullen’s site that he’s retiring and has sold the business to Wyred4Sound - not clear yet from their site which products they will continue.
I actually kind of cracked up when I saw the Biden comment was literally the first response in this thread. The need to spout off with this kind of rhetoric while maintaining no understanding of economics, whether micro- or macro- is just astounding but 100% fits the "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge" paradigm Asimov described in (checks notes) good lord - 1980!
It makes as much sense to say "this one was $100.00 before Weezer released OK Human".
I’ve purchased a handful of Signal Cables used...all the Magic Power Cable in various sizes. They come up occasionally preowned at good prices. But even new they are a great deal.
I can’t compare them to higher end cables but I can compare them to the standard IEC power cords that come with most components and in my stereo, I perceived instant improvement from inserting these...especially on my amp and preamp.
In terms of the DIY suggestions...are there any resources out there that illustrate various methods? This is something I’d like to try. Soldering or screwing terminations to raw cable seems simple enough but I know there are some more esoteric methods as well that may help with noise or filtering.
I ditto the Signal cable power cord, though it's a tad over $100. I have about 3 of their power cords, and assorted interconnects and one 10ft run of speaker cable. The cables are all well made. I first became aware of that company right here on Audiogon. Good Luck!!
While Cullen does make excellent cables at a fair price, you will have to wait a while to receive them. Even a couple years back when I ordered cables from him it took at least several weeks, with not the best communication from Patrick. I think he is just swamped. Anyway, my current favorite power cord under $100 is an 5N OCC silver one from Aliexpress. It probably isn't really OCC silver, but it sounds really good on my DAC and my pre.
@carlsbad Wow, that’s one impressive economic argument and exactly the depth I expected. No need to stomp that. Living in complete ignorance is so much easier than actually thinking — I’ll give you that. Later.