[quote=johnzm;19620942]maybe more than you do, geek!
The simple fact is that many hear differences and many do not. It is the ones that try to FORCE their ideas on others, that are the ones to look out for. They think they are right no matter what the real answers are.
So, he asked what were decent cords. Not if they made a difference.
And the fact is that Monoprice cord almost caused a house fire in my theater, I would NOT call it a good cord.
Twisted pair is somewhat new, isn't it?
It has measurable differences, and it has measurable differences to the things around it as well. Shielding is probably a little older in design, but I would be willing to bet there are cables that have these features, and cables that do not, that in the end could VERY drastically change his system from picking up am radio stations to having exceedingly quiet sound.
For the record, I equate these arguments to equal the ones made against Hytech in that their anti reversion chambers make no difference in the engine's power, either at peak or under the curve. And while there are no measurable differences, every car that has them is a consistent .2-.3 faster around a road course.
(Quoted but I corrected all the errors in grammar and punctuation.)
I hate to inform you but twisted pair wiring is about 100 years old and shielded twisted pair cables are about 70 years old.
Since you do not understand what happens in an AC to DC power supply, naturally you would make the assumption that audible effects are created by a passive wire. Two things matter: Voltage drop as a function of wire resistance and current draw of the device under power. As long as the conductors are sufficient gauge, all is well. As properly filtered DC from the power supply has no frequency component, it does NOT insert any form of acoustical alteration of the recorded audio.
If you almost had a fire using a Monoprice or any other manufacturer's cable, there was either damage to the cable or it was undersized for the application.
There is also the real probability that the installer(you) did something inherently dangerous in the assembly.
As others have mentioned, the stock cables are quite satisfactory.