IMHO, the affect of a long run of IC is likely to be less audible than a long run of speaker cable so long as your pre-amp can drive a long run. A long run of speaker cable is more likely to result in rolled off highs and softened bass response. Personally I would go for the long IC and short speaker cable, everything else being equal, but I have successfully used 20ft runs of Canare Star Quad 4S11 speaker cable and short Blue Jeans LC-1 IC's with excellent results, especially considering the nominal expense involved ($35 for the IC's, $65 to $75 for 20ft runs of cable). It is, I think, a great place for the budget constrained audiophile to begin. Some might even end there. :-) BTW, I think the speaker cable is the best part of the deal, but the IC is pretty good as well. Some might think it is a tad soft in the highs, but if your stuff is a tad bright, it could be a perfect match. In any event it doesn't get cheaper.
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