Pet peeve time!
I spent ten years or so, off-and-on, investigating transmission line theory and just plain thinking about it, and my conclusions are that speaker and other wide bandwidth wire is an incredibly difficult thing to do properly. Tara Labs is the closest yet to a proper wire design availible at this time.
There is a HECK of a lot of things that aren't known about signal propgation yet, or there are a heck of a lot of known problems, but no known solutions in sight. Take your expressionistic pick of the two.
(that's it dude, just make up the words as you go)
I won't get into discussing product availible from different manufacturers, but is a good idea to consider about 10% of the value of your system being tied up in wires, but the proper ones....
I stated my opinion, and feel that Tara Labs Cables are the closest to an actual correct design, (well, siltech being a close second) and being a terrific bargain to boot.
I have about $1200 bucks or so tied up in a pair of 14 foot speaker cables, but that is porportional to the speaker value, they being in the $20k range. I am not allowed to use my own wire designs, as the colorations from existing cables will impart their own sound, and I have to design speakers with these problems in mind.....so I can't even use my own stuff. Oh well. Such is life.
Like a bird being released from the cage, once you have been introduced to the good stuff, and had a chance to get comfy and enjoy, then you will never go back. Your wallet and buget will hate you.
If you think this is FOOLISH TALK, why don't you take a look in the mirror, oh foolish one!
YOU ARE ON A HOME THEATER FORUM.
I rest my case.
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[This message has been edited by KBK (edited August 05, 2000).]