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Been using Blue Jeans cable for IC and speaker for some time and am quite happy with what I'm hearing. As far as cost they were quite inexpensive but far better than my Transparent IC and Monster Speaker cable which BJ cable replaced. Currently seeking a cable upgrade myself and have some on order to audition. I'll post my opinion of them after break in and critical listening.
If cost isn't a consideration and quality sound is, you might want to try cables from Von Gaylord audio.
I recently upgraded to their IC's and bi-wired speaker cables. So far, a real game changer.
Considering our systems almost match, mine is Krell Showcase 7, Krell Kav3250 amp and B&W 803D2 I have auditioned a speaker cable very recent which really are synergetic with the Krell and B&W brand. Its the best I've tried yet and its not budget breaking and I'm keeping it. See my post Solid versus stranded speaker cable.
Cygnus, here’s my two cents worth
- KLE Innovations
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they perform extremely well and reside in my system, KLE Innovations gzero6 speaker cables being the only exception
My thoughts on speaker wires: 100 watt amp and smaller, go with a #14 AWG OFC 99.9 copper. 100-200 watt, go with a #12 AWG. There are numerous articles across the web for wire size. Had I dropped a 100K on my setup and had change to spare, I'd choose Kaplan. I had one of his cables with my B&W 803's / Krell, decent cables, of course I bought them second hand.
One of the reasons I have Audioquest Colorado interconnects for my SACD player is the Teflon Tube dielectric. It appears as an open teflon tube with the conductor inside surrounded by the air contained within the tube. The other great thing about this cable is the PSC+(perfect surface conductor) copper. The + refers to the extreme purity of the copper within the tube dielectric.
The one eternal truth of this hobby is that none of us will ever know everything about it or understand all aspects of it. We are all somewhere on the learning curve. Cables are something that I have paid particular attention to over a long period of time. An yes, I still have plenty to learn.
carmenc.....all I did was suggest ClearDay cables, because they work so well for ME, and I am a nice guy. Actually all cables sound different connected to different gear. No one cable recommendation can bring Nirvana. Clear Day has a no charge audition to the purchaser.....the buyer can send them back or he can make a pair... up to you. JR doesn't like silver, yet silver works for me....and so it goes....
Carmenc.....I do use Clear Day...double shotgun. All my electronics are Ayre with Vandy 5A. Ayre highly recommended Cardas ....I tried every permutation of Cardas..from the cheap to the most expensive awful...., Purist, Audioquest, Nordost, Wireworld, etc, etc....nothing working FOR ME as well as Clear Day. If you don't like it you can always send it back with no charge.
I've tried JW audio (really good for the price), morrow, audio arts, and clear day. All were different shades of good and wouldn't hesitate recommending a trial with any of them. I'm using clear day double shotguns right now and they are great, also using audio art ic3se cables (both dh labs and the xhadows - I like the dh labs slightly warmer nature more) and am very happy with them. Both rob (Audioart) and Paul (clear day) are so easy to deal with. As others have said it's very system dependent but these are definitely worth a try.
@stringreen thanks for the advice. I have Tannoy's and am using AQ speaker cables. They're nice as they seem pretty darn nuetral and kind of get out of the way, but I was advised to look at Kimber, Wireworld or Audience. I'm told those are more revealing. Yes, Cardas is a mixed bag so to speak. They are quite component specific I've found. They can sound pretty awesome or leave you scratching your head. Vandys like AQ yet you like the Clear Day better? Revealing yet smooth?
I'm with you. I think JohnnyR is great. When I am able, my larger system will consist of Vandersteen and either Belles or Ayre. Take care. Regards.......
((((..I tried every permutation of Cardas..from the cheap to the most expensive awful...., Purist, Audioquest, Nordost, Wireworld, etc, etc....nothing working FOR ME as well as Clear Day.)))
Please lets be honest that was AQ 9 years ago and please admit you haven't tried anything new DBS AQ designs of cables.
@audioconnection The shocker for me with Audioquest dbs was when I bought 12 new batteries for my pair of Colorado interconnects. Good lord!!! That gave me the full dbs effect. The sound opened up immediately. The soundscape had greater height, width and depth. Someone could switch between old and new batteries on me in a blind test and I would score 100% and I don't say that lightly. I have been involved in such trials in the past and did not always fair well. The difference in hearing the full dbs effect was ear-opening to say the least.