"After listening to many speaker cables, I am listening to basic 14 Gauge, high purity copper speaker wire and find myself shaking my head. Does this basic speaker wire sound better than cables many times the price? I am really starting to ponder that question. I think I am hearing things on my records I never heard before and better balance of sound. What are your thoughts?"
Perception is reality. It is inevitable that some type of expectation exist prior to the experiment. If you felt like 14 gauge wire from Parts Express might sound better than 14 gauge wire from Home Depot, it will. Audiophilia is a kind of religion. All it takes is faith.