Originally Posted by barryecohen
Downsize(?) How and why? Seems like a pretty, physically, compact system already.
Didn't even know that my speaker cables "sound" in any way, at least i don't hear them. I just hooked them up with ordinary 12 gauge wires and everythings was fine.
May be i missed something in my physics seminar...
I hear you, Gurkey. In a perfect world cables would not impart any sonic change on your audio system. In the real world, however, cable can make a big difference. Better quality cable does not add anything to the sound, rather it can take away less from the sound than other, usually less expensive cable. Some cables have a sonic signature, as it were and other cables are more neutral in their sound properties. You can easily spend thousands of dollars on cable with diminishing returns and most audiophiles believe there is a point at which cable expenditures are outweighed by the cost of the components they're connected to. Where that point lies, of course, varies from person to person. I picked up a pair of Acoustic Zen Silver Reference II cable to connect my PS Audio Perfectwave DAC to my Marantz PM KI Pearl amplifier. The result was quite noticeably better sound when compared to the previous Monster Cable I had in my system. I'm sure that you would find an audible difference in sound quality between standard 12 gauge speaker wire from, say, Best Buy or Radio Shack, compared to boutique speaker cables. Whether that difference would be enough for you to open your wallet is another question entirely. A quick google search will turn up all kinds of discussions about cable credited as a system enhancer or smoke and mirrors.