Hi all. I picked up some Paradigm Reference 60 v3's on closeout and a Denon 2307 CI receiver. I'm using a Toshiba XA2 HD DVD player as a source. I'm trying to decide on which speaker cable will yield the best improvement over the monster crap cable I've used as leftovers.
Don't mind spending up to $100 but simply need about 2 pairs of 10 foot runs.
1) Blue Jeans 4S11 Canare - boring jacket but supposedly good sound
2) DIY Cat 5e recipe cable - from AVS forum (will they work ok on the paradigms?)
3) Audioquest GBC (?) from HCM audio (retail for $279, now $79 for pair)
12AWG zip cord will do the trick. If you think that a name brand wire will make a difference then buy your own lengths of raw cable from the local HiFi dealer. I have used 12AWG stinger wire (audio store brand) for about 15 years ($0.65 per foot)
CAT5e is cheaper (1000 ft for less than $100), and it only takes two runs of it per cable for a 12 gauge equivalent, and once you factor in the weaving you get around 400-450ft of cable for less than $100. All you need then are the connectors, which I got 8 for $24. I'd say CAT5e is one of the lowest prices and definitely an overall great performer.
Cat 5 speakers wires are a royal pain in the ass to make. Have fun on that one
Well, I can't entirely argue with you there, it will make your hands a bit tired/cramped. It's a worthwhile investment, though, and you won't need to do it many times. Besides, it makes a great candidate if your a geek like me and have a spool of 1000 ft of 23AWG cat6 handy, and another 500 feet of cat5e