I usually stay away from this subforum post-wise because its a minefield for someone like me who is not science or a 100% objective guy. I personally like a little subjectivity in my audio but that's just me. But I am an avid reader nonetheless because I want to learn (I have no idea what people are talking about when they start throwing numbers) from people who know their stuff and plus I want to not get ripped off to an extreme degree.
So here's my question: I know the argument that a $1000 or even a $100 USB cables is ridiculous. But what about a $0.99 USB cable from Monoprice? Will it at least be shielded from EMI? If not, will the interference create a noticeable difference in SQ?
And if upgrading USB cables is a bad move, what about power cables, RCA cables, speaker cables, and going from unbalanced to balanced? Are they all audio myths as well?
I'm not asking as challenge for anyone to prove anything. I'm thinking of replacing every cable in my computer/audio system with cables from Monoprice because my computer/listening area is a Mecca of messy multi-colored cables. If I can replace them all with black, non-branded cables without losing any SQ for under $30, it'd be awesome (I'm anal about neatness, uniformity, and black is good color. So yeah, that's the rationalization for what I'm doing).
Thank you and any advice is appreciated.
Edited by NinjaSquirt - 12/31/11 at 10:41pm