Originally Posted by jdcrox
C'mon Todd. Those sites are every bit as one-sided as this one is, just on the other side. I have seen many - page long arguments on Audiogon about which electrical receptacle sounds the best.
The thing with many of the people here is that they are trying to protect newbies and casual users from being told they "must" by X-brand speaker cable, because their system will sound horrible without them, thus enticing them into spending much more $$ than they can really afford.
That's where I draw the line.
I purchased many Hubbell 5362 outlets. They perform very well, so no need to spend more than that.
I certainly don't want to encourage people here to buy more than they can afford. Systems may not sound horrible with generic wire of sufficient awg.
Sometimes (though infrequently) a system's synergy will cause minimal gains with high end speaker cables. If so Canare 4s11 or the star quad Belden wire is a great choice. Unfortunately my system did not sound optimal with cheaper wire. Next in line was the Analysis Plus Oval 9. I so wanted this wire to work in my system due to it's lower cost. Unfortunately it did't do so well. The AP Solo Crystal 8 (awg) performed much better in my system, though I didn't end up choosing that wire either. I ended up going with Purist Audio.
I wrestled with the idea of purchasing expensive speaker cables for months. I knew that the wire I chose would be a life long purchase, as is my interconnects and power cords. To do a sanity check, I would call in two other enthusiasts (as I did with previous power cord and interconnect purchases) who were both 100% skeptics until they blindly auditioned cables in my theater. Now they dabble in cables, but not near as high end as the cables in my system.
I don't play the cable of the month game so I don't keep buying new cables nor do I sell my old ones. There's just a good amount of room for improvement with higher end cables. It doesn't mean everyone should take the plunge.
My other systems in the house have cables from Belden and Canare and I am fine with that, but not for my reference system. If you have finished your room/acoustics, finished upgrading your speakers and electronics, and want to tweak then (for some) cables are the final frontier...and an interesting one at that.