'preproman' you could have stopped at the first 3 cables on your list.
Blu Jean Cable
Ha ha ha - I knew someone would say that..
that's correct. but you don't have to spend thousands for the best, unless you have a system that reflect the cost of the cables (or you can afford it). the diamond piccolo is almost as good as their top of the line - the main difference is the wire gauge.
I rather spend $500 on something that I know I'm going to get good result, than $300 on something else that might give little to no result. buying audio cables is tricky.
compared to the other components in my system it was worth every cent, and some.
for sure, but I think it may depends and varies from cable to cable. for example, is possible that there's quite a difference between Nordost's entry cables to their top line.
I haven't tried the other Crystal's cables (can't afford it) so I can't say what difference is between them, but I read a couple of articles where it was compared. Standard or Piccolo
regardless, compared to some other cables I tried, including Nordost, Piccolo's remains very good value for money.
[edit: I'd like to add that the cost of some of these top cables is outrageous and a shame]
What about Better Cables or Moon Audio? I wonder if they're any good?
Cardas are too slow and sluggish for my tastes. They are extremely laid back sounding cables. Definitely not something I want it a highly resolving chain. Haven't tried bettercables or Moon Audio interconnects, but there headphone cables are pretty good. My 2c