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1978-1981 (approx): Speaker cables were two core electrical flex you get from any electrical shop; interconnects from amp to cassette deck was homemade; Garrard turntable and Marantz tuner had their own built-in RCA interconnects.

1987-2003: Richer Sounds copper speaker cables; RCA interconnects were unbranded electrical shop ones.

2000 (approx)-2008: Chord Chrysalis interconnects; better quality Richer Sounds copper speaker cables

2008-2014: Merlin Chopin, Chord Carnival, SilverScreen, Odyssey (still in my drawer),

2014-Current: Same interconnects, Atlas Equator and Chord Crimson x 2

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Started with cheap/free cables Bought some expensive cables; listened to them Now use well-made but inexpensive cables Journey over.

Trolls get a hard time of it these days. Once upon a time, they hid under bridges, waiting for the Three Billy Goats Gruff, or ripped the heads off hapless travellers and fed on their entrails. B

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2014   -  I built a new system around vinyl and the resolving ability in terms of detail and macro and micro dynamics became acute. Every cable I tried i heard the difference, this included power cables swell as speaker and IC cables. In fact I sorted out my electrics and plug sockets first with silver plated items non switched because I heard the difference. So I started with kettle lead mains cables and swapped to MCRUs power cables. Huge difference especially with good plugs.

In 2014 I started with my 1980s QED IC cables but soon swapped to some very early Chord IC cables probably a pre runner to the Chameleon in price. These were very good especially between pre and power amp. Turntable to amp was indeed a Chord Chameleon VEE3 - excellent resolution and very good all round. Tried every cable from Chord there after up to the Tuned Array and nothing sounded better, different yes but not better. Saved a few quid there then!

2016 tried some home brew cables from amateur cable builders, I won't mention names but they were OK and not really as good as the VEE3s. At this time I tried many speaker cables including 1940s Western electric cable and various brands but after hearing the amazing Chord  Epic Twin this is the cable I settled with to the present day.

2017-2018 I tried some stunningly good home brew cable from Bigbottle Audio. It took my system to another level and I still shake my head at the increased level of sound quality it bought to my system across the board. All aspects were improved especially Bass , soundstage and natural un hyped sound. I bought 2 cables one between turntable and pre amp and one for pre to power.

I have tried many many other cables in between but as none of them stayed in my system for more than a day I will not go into detail except mention that price has absolutely nothing to do with quality of sound. But if you trust your own ears there are some gems to be had out there for peanuts.  System synergy is everything however so cables that work between one piece of equipment and another may sound very different in another position with other pieces of equipment so every cable needs to be listened to in situ.

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Freebies, QED 79, flat cables, some very expensive Chord, now back to QED speaker and interconnects. Nicely made, affordable and sound good. Plus you can lock the connection.

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Pretty much the same story as most....cheap freebies when I bought kit...then inexpensive cables like cambridge audio, you get what you pay for...these were ok, but didn't really shine much..then on to mid range cables, which were very good, but were still missing that sparkle.  I finally settled on a  mid priced silver plated copper cable bought from China, sourced some good quality plugs and made my own...job done

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I've never been able to detect any difference between cables, so I spend as little as I can on cables that are functional and reliable. I prefer to spend my money on more music and funding my DIY active speaker habit.

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Digital:  All Belkin (HDMI, USB, Cat5e UTP, Cat6 STP, digital optical/Toslink).

Speaker cable: QED for many years. Now Van Damme OFC (4mm, 2x 2.5m with soldered banana plugs) that cost £50 in total about 4 years ago.

Don’t really need phono connects any more but still have a couple of old Chord Crimson 0.5m and Chrysalis 1m pairs (from my Naim days about 10 years ago).

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My first, not as supplied cable was an Audioquest jade. It sounded different, I still have it.

A burglary removed the evidence/history after that. My last dabble was NVA range of interconnects. They seemed to do the job and are still there.

Yes cables can make a difference I prefer music to cable listening. Does that make me a troll?

I read about peoples worlds being changed by mains cables so tried a couple - no difference

Again being sheep like I tried Tellurium Q Black speaker cable. People talk about burning in. Boy was I glad to sell it to someone who thought it was amazing.

That's why I don't bother

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I started, like most, with the interconnects that came with the kit and 2 core mains cable for speakers. In 1968.

I subsequently usually bought what the dealer recommended until I changed my Goldmund amp, which had special connectors so my speaker cable wouldn't connect to my new amp. Bought some specialist speaker cable on ebay to replace it for the first time. This system sounds superb.

For the system with my Tune Audio Animas I got cable to match the internal cotton and wax insulated ones. This sound fabulous too.

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Pre Purité bought some expensive silver cables, subsequently compared them to ‘pro’ fit for purpose cables, couldn’t hear any difference, now use Mogami because I like the name.

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1 hour ago, PuritéAudio said:

Pre Purité bought some expensive silver cables, subsequently compared them to ‘pro’ fit for purpose cables, couldn’t hear any difference, now use Mogami because I like the name.

Keith

That's pretty much my experience too.

Having been through a variety of cables over the years, these days I use chunky OFC copper speaker cables from ebay, Amazon Basics for my HDMI needs, and various inexpensive-but-decent RCA leads.

Cables are a dead subject for me now.

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Speaker cable:QED silver anniv./  Chord Co.( Odyssey/ Epic twin)/ Tellurium Q black/ MIT AVt MA

Interconnect: Van Damme/ Black Rhodium prelude/ Chord (Chorus/Anthem)/ MIT AVt MA

Mains: freebies/ Black Rhodium Jazz/ Chord powerchord/ Viablue X40 diy.

USB: freebie/ Curious usb

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Townshend. Bought with my system at a hifi show years ago around the time the Wigwam started ( I deleted old my account somehow). Only purchased as it was a deal and to good to turn down.

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Been through loads, from Tellurium to Townshend Isolda's, all brought different signatures to the party.

However, I gave up the runaround, its too much of a mind field, and knowing that if you buy a brands 'cheaper' cable when they sell a top tier cable , you know fully you are getting a reverse engineered product in the cheaper cable.

Also, and it was actually Purite that coined this, the only thing I've ever agreed with him about that but many of these 'designed' cables inject something that wasn't there. Which essentially causes more problems that it solves.

Now I use Mogami 3104, which I had DCT'd which took out some of the caveats I had with it. It's the most 'honest' cable I have found. Much bigger and stronger sounding that QED 79 strand.  Atlas Mavros or Ascent is also a good honest cable, which uses OCC copper over OFC which for me gives me brighter resolution. One cable I despise is Van Damme, its just horrible stuff in both speaker cable and interconnect variants. 

Theres nothing wrong with trying different cables, buy them used an then sell them on. Many of them have different sonic attributes and presentations. I'll probably try some others from time to time. 

 Fun of the hobby and its your money, do as you wish, enjoy it as you wish...but even with that liberal viewpoint i I would have to question someone who went out and bought a pair of the £60k Silltech speaker cables@

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3 minutes ago, Idlewithnodrive said:

The only cable that has made a discernible difference in my system is my Audience Ohno speaker cables and, wow, what a difference ! :)

DCT'd cable...is always a winner. :) 

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