Even Monster is probably overkill. Here's a guide to choosing cable:
Let me give you some advice, this is a hooby that is very dangerous. Be careful, very very careful.
I would always suggest first doing a search in the threads on the subject you are interested in, then asking the question you can't seem to answer. There are great people here that love music and always give great advice. There are also those who seem to have a bone to pick. Pableson gave you a good start but since these things are subjective to your ears, there is no definative answer. You can try a few things used and see what you like. I started off with Monster, then changed about 10 times in the last five years. You have to find what you like and not be afraid to make a mistake or two along the way. Good luck.
Pableson - what rubbish. That does nothing to help the person who asked the question. Just because something cannot be measured doesn't mean it is not true.
Being new to this insane hobby makes responding to the question a little more difficult, because we probably don't have a mutual point of reference. Unless a person is tone deaf, every cable sounds different. Some people have not been trained enough to hear a difference. That is not an insult, it's the same as a master mechanic who can hear an engine problem in a vehicle driving past him.
The only way to get anything other than the typical "buy __________ brand cables, because they're my favorite" is to get out there and listen to cables. Sorry I can't impart some magical level of understanding upon you, but it's something you have to do yourself.
Dr R.C. Brockhaus
i have to agree with uppermidfi on this one..there are alot of different camps when it comes to measuremet vs sonics (tube vs solid state, analog vs digitial etc...)
cables do make a difference and if you would like to upgrade from what you have. i would suggest something other than monster (who spends more on advertising than on the product).you dont have to spend a incredible amount of $$$$ to get a sonic improvement.
there are alot of smaller mfgs that offer a very, very good product at a extremly resonable price.. i would suggest upgraqding "interconnect" cable & "speaker" cable:
signal cable (havent tried but others have. i have bought cable risers and is a good person to deal with).
art audio cable -ic1 & ic3 & sc5 - this is a honest to god reference cable a ridiculouly low price ($45 & $89).. this is my refernce cable under the $450 mark other wise i use the xlo sig 2 at $650.btw, this cable was "formally " reviewed by soundstage and pretty much mirrored my review..