Just a quick update on the current status. So far so good. Two participants have already gone and cables should arrive to a third on Monday.
Weekend shipping time is slightly effecting the timetable, but shouldn't be too bad.
I didn't want to bias anyone's opinion by listing the exact cables used, but I've decided I might as well since it won't mean much to most.
I used very accessible/cheap cable.
There are three reasons behind my choice:
1. It didn't cost me much.
2. If you decided to get a cable like this, it won't cost you much either.
3. Most of the time, people cant tell the difference between the expensive cable and the cheaper stuff.
While the cable is cost effective, it is well built.
The blue cable is Canare L-4E5C - Mini Star Quad cable. I stripped away the outer PVC and shielding to make them more flexible and light. It's the normal industry standard OFC copper that you'll find in any studio cables. It's $0.56/ft (4 conductors). So about $2.25 + shipping costs worth of cabling for the 4ft.
The black/white silver-plated copper cable is Navships mil spec. It is excess military cable that was not made for audio purposes but to be quality and resilient.
The downside is that it's insulation is stiffer and memory prone. You'll notice the difference in feel between the two cables right away. You'll likely prefer the blue cable's lack of memory which contributes to an overall better feel when using it. This cabling is ~$5.50 for 25ft of a single conductor. I used 3 conductors of 4 feet each. At ~$0.23/ft, the cable cost was $2.75 + shipping costs.
There is better wire out there. I really like DHC copper and PlusSound SPC. But those will run you $1.50-2.50 per foot for a single conductor. The cost adds up quickly depending on style/length. If you go pure silver, at ~$9-10/ft for a single conductor, the price gets exponentially more expensive.
Is the more expensive cable worth the premium? That depends. The PlusSound SPC is one of my personal favorites for look/feel/sound/price when I do go more expensive.
Do they more expensive cables sound better? Maybe, maybe not. It's all subjective to your specific tastes and current gear setup. What is sonic gold for one person can be trash for another.
That point leads to the point of this tour. These cables didn't cost a lot to make. The total cost for both cables together was probably $12 and some of my time.
If you like one of the cables or something about it that you'd like to replicate, it won't cost you much.
You can always go up the cost scale from here but if either of these meets your sonic needs, then you know you won't have to pay a premium for the sound you enjoy.