Originally Posted by Sky042
I switched from the cheapest imagineable 25ft run of spagetti thin wire with plain metal ends(no nickle no gold) to the high end monoprice "best quality" sub woofer cable. Frankly it made no difference on my system.
Did you measure that, or is that a 'seat of the pants' observation? Would you have noticed a gain difference or the effects of a change in capacitive loading on your sub's input? Did you do a RTA run to test the response of the system before and after? (These are serious questions - if you really did measure and detect no difference, I'd like to know more.)
IMO it's like an optical cable. If the signal gets there it gets there thats what's important. Theres ZERO difference between my $12 RCA brand optical and a $99 monster one.
For a digital signal, it is true that as long as the signal level is above that required for the error correction to recover the data, you won't hear any audible difference. That doesn't mean, though, that there is no difference in the cable (optical or electrical) in terms of db loss, acceptable bend radius, etc. The difference may just not matter in your particular application.
Also, subs are probably the least demanding application in a home theater, because they carry the lowest, narrowest frequency range of any of the cables in the system (other than the power cords). However, this is sometimes offset by the length; a longer cord is more susceptible to excessive signal loss and noise.
I just can't imagine anyone spending the money monster asks for cables and then seeing an improvement in sound going from one midrange cable to a slightly higher end cable it just seems bizzare....perhaps the person is looking for a difference to justify monsters rape of the land MSRP's.
Well, there ARE differences between cables, and in some systems you will see/hear the difference with a bad cable. It may be because the system is so good that it reveals the weakest link, or it may be because the system is so poor that it can't handle the losses or loading created by the junk cable. I also believe (from personal observation) that there is only so much benefit to be had from upgrading cables - beyond that, it's just bragging rights.
That said, I won't pay for the expensive stuff they sell at the B&M stores, either - now I use Blue Jeans Cables - better cable for less money. Price does not necessarily equate to quality.