I'm getting close to moving forward with my surround sound system. I have a few questions related to HDMI and RCA to RCA cables including the qualitative cost to benefit dilemma. I tried to search around the site a little but it wasn't helpful.
I will be getting the following components:
Aperion Versus Grand Tower Speakers
Aperion Versus Grand Center Channel Speaker
Bravus II 12D Subwoofer
Intimus L6-IC In-Ceiling Speaker Pair (5.1 back surrounds, in ceiling only practical option)
The back surround speaker wire, speaker and sub cables, and banana plugs per Aperion recomendations
Middle Atlantic Component Cooler, 8 CFM(BDI Corridor media cabinet which is fairly open but there is not much room on sides of Marantz 6008 for cooling, installer recommended)
Room Size is approximately 15' x 25' but there is only 20% of a back wall as it is open to the kitchen and entrance hallway.
I have recently been trying to nail down the HDMI and RCA to RCA cable selection. I assume I will need three HDMI cables (cable box to receiver, blue ray to receiver, receiver to Pioneer Elite Plasma TV) and three RCA to RCA cables(receiver left tower, right tower, center channel to amplifier).
I was surprised to learn that there was a wide variance in cable prices. They can be $1000 for one cable!! Given my expected system components I'm not sure what is an appropriate amount to spend on these cables to optimize the final result crossed with cost. I'm not sure how to match the HDMI and RCA to RCA quality|price so as to not create a weak link in the system.
I called around today. the first suggestion was to consider Audioquest. I called them. Regarding RCA to RCA cables they said the Golden Gate was probably the best bang for the buck because it is the first in the line with the PSC conductor material. Three of these cables would run about $240. The next RCA to RCA up is the Big Sir which would run about $420 for all three. I certainly wasn't expecting to pay these prices but if it makes a significant difference?
I then called a dealer mentioned by Audioquest where I could see all their products. The person I talked to said that Audioquest was a good choice for the RCA to RCA cables but he had a better suggestion for the HDMI cables. He said he had swapped out and compared various HDMI cables. He said he thought the Shunyata Venom HDMI cable was almost as good as the Audioquest Vodka HDMI cable which is 3x to 4x the cost. He said he doesn't work on commission or have any reason to steer me the wrong way. He said he was blown away by the improvement in the picture and sound with these HDMI cables especially for the money. If I went with these HDMI cables I would need two 1M HDMI cables at $100 each and one 2M cable at $150 for a total of $350. Again, much more than I expected to spend but if they result in a significant improvement than it might be a wise investment given the overall system cost.
I could buy three RCA to RCA cables and an HDMI cable for each candidate brand|model but this could get out of hand. I'm hoping some others that have crossed this bridge and reached some informative conclusions that might be helpful.
I just noticed Audioquest sells Subwoofer cables. I wonder how the Aperion "Straight Wire 14AWG Musicable Preterm Spkr Wire" for the tower and sub speakers compares to the Audioquest speaker cables(and other brands)? Maybe it would be better to spend more for these cables than the HDMI or RCA to RCA cables? I am certainly having fun now
Any Feedback Would Be Appreciated!!