If you look at the systems that are posted at Audiogon, relatively few use the same brand name throughout the chain (if memory serves). I think that says a lot, considering the obsessive nature of audiophilia (is that a word?). Experiment and see. Naturally, manufacturers believe strongly in their products and that the "consistent" sound they offer is the best way to go throughout -- sometimes that holds true. Sometimes interconnects are one brand and speaker cable is another. Sometimes nothing is the same. Much depends on your specific equipment, acoustics and ear. There are companies (e.g., The Cable Company, I believe) that lets you try cables to see which work best. Usually that's set up so you lose money unless you buy somethng from them, but at least you are buying what you like best. Good luck (BTW, MIT speaker cables were a must for my last system so I hear you).
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