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Posted by Timbo in Oz on May 13, 2012 at 20:33:00:
I'd agree that good cables used everyhwere can make a difference, but it is way down on the difference between using laser trimmed bulk foil resistors in passive RIAA valve stages over a mixture of good MF's from Beyschlag and Philips, or using commercial selected teflon and styroseal caps over polypropylenes in the same circuit, already trimmed to +/- 0.25db. The differences their were themselves small. Mostly in sweetness / lack of edge.
I too have been fortunate to access good wires at lowish/trade prices. I doubt I'd spend retail for VDH, leaving aside cartridge rebuilds.
For the longest runs in my main system between pre and 4 channels of power, I'm still using the fairly stiff digital network coax that went in in the 1990s!
Long speaker wires are worth avoiding as the circuit and demands are more difficult than with interconnects.
IMO&E Supra's basic tinned strand spkr wires are among the most rational designs and aren't silly money expensive.