How long? Terminations?
So how do the Crystal's related to the Slate? I've lost track with all the AQ cables changes.
I was going to tell you the Slate are fine for your level of equipment. Don't spend more money.
Seems to me AQ changes their cables names, colors, packages, etc, all the time just to try to separate people from more and more money. They're currently not really any better than the old line before this line, and the old line before that line, and before that, before that, that, that, that that, that t t t t t ................................
I just recently upgraded my speakers from the B&W CM2 (Concept 90 speaker from the late 80's with a series 2 Matrix design) to a pair of PMC OB1's. My associated electronics are a Rotel RMB1075 amplifier along with the Rotel 1098 pre-processor.
I've been tweaking around with cables a great deal lately and really recommend the Audience Au24 speaker cable (provided you can stretch your budget a bit since I think they would be just over your $500 limit). I find the Rotel/B&W combination can be a bit on the bright/analytical side. The Audience Au24 can really add an injection of warmth and smoothness to the sound.
I know the Audience Au24 is an expensive cable (and perhaps outclasses the rest of my system) but in my opinion...is simply an amazing cable.