It's better for the bottom line (profit margin) for the mag store than it is for your ears. I'd also stay away from those best buy dudes with wood..lol
Audioquest type 2 speaker cable describes a specfic product, but monster cable doesn't.
I notice that Audioquest type 2 speaker cable nets out to be 17 gauge wire which is far less copper than the 12 or 14 gauge that most of us prefer.
Commodity 12 gauge runs a few bucks for two 8 foot pieces at hardware and home improvement stores and will work well in far more different circumstances than 17 gauge.
So when you went in looking for Monster, those guys figured they could sell you a three-legged horse along with some Arizona beach-front property - and rake in the commission.
If you can't explain how it works, you can't say it doesn't.—The High-End Creed
The only factors that influence cable behavior are resistance, capacitance and inductance. Those factors have no direct correlation with price. In fact, some of the worst cables made with respect to resistance, capacitance and inductance are also some of the most expensive cables sold.
The Laws of Physics aren't swayed by opinion.
I have also had good results just using #10 or #12 speaker cable from Monoprice, and also making my own from Belden wire.
Oddly (don't ask me why), I have heard some Monster cables that audibly degrade the sound.
My advice would be to get some #12 pure copper speaker cable from Monoprice; Monoprice #2747 or 2789.
I am sure it will work well, and the price is very good.
Some Monster Cable cables have high capacitance, and some are actually pretty small conductors despite their apparently large size (thicker insulation and an outer sheath makes them look impressive but does not improve their performance).
The door swings both ways.
Not that the original person starting this thread is likely to come back, but anyone interested in what wire to get should read this:
There are always new people, and they need to learn the same things that others already know. One should have patience with them; ignorance is not the same as stupidity.
Also, some people never learn. Many are quite happy to believe all sorts of nonsense, and do not care about properly testing things or proper standards of evidence. And they often like to spread their nonsense to others. When people make a religion out of their audio beliefs, they typically like getting new converts to their religion.
And yes, I agree, that article should be made into a "sticky."
Yes. But if they were prominently displayed, some people would read them, and for those who did not, the stickies would be a ready reference for others to point to whenever needed.
OTOH... it's just as easy to re-post the link that has been posted a gazillion times.
It is not quite as easy. For one thing, with new members, there is a delay for posting off-site links. A moderator must approve the post before anyone else can see it. And second, many people will not remember where the thing was, and some are poor at searching, and so fewer will be posting links to such useful sites. So it would still be better as a sticky.
From looking, I now see that there is a sticky about this, though it is not just about this:
The totality might be a bit overwhelming to someone new, but it is a very good thing to have such a list.