By the way, I had started looking at speaker wire and reading about it. I was shocked to see that you can spend over $1000 on an 10 foot length of speaker cable. There are dozens of cables going in the $250-$500 range. Some of them have very elaborate induction and capacitance properties, polished copper strands, etc.
There are all sorts of audiophile reviews of various cables, comparisons, and testimonials about how much better one cable sounded over another. Then I found this page:
It's written by the former head audio engineer of McIntosh Labs. It's very long, but a fascinating and entertaining read. Apparently all this "High End" speaker cable market is complete nonsense - a real case of the emperor has no clothes. I'm amazed that Monster Cable and the other high-end cable manufacturers can get away with this and aren't prosecuted or sued. It's snake oil.
I was almost convinced I needed to spend $100 to get anything even half-way decent - and even then I wouldn't be buying speaker cables that were commensurate with the quality of the speakers I have my eye on. Now I'll be going out and buying a spool of lamp cord.
Ha! Ha! He figured it out without my help!
Edited by bigshot - 8/19/12 at 5:14pm