Everyone here has been very helpful and I've been a dork, so thought I'd contribute something back for once.
Made my very first pair of DIY high quality speaker cables and thought I'd share.
Cost: $30 approx
Time: 1 to 2 hours tops
pocket knife (or wire stripper, less time, don't own one though)
locking pliers(or large wire crimpers, maybe less time, don't own one though)
Carol 14 AWG 2C SJ Power Cable 25 ft. $20.17
Gold Spade 8 AWG 1/4" 4 Pair $4.78
Heat Shrink Tubing: 8 inches of colored and 8 inches of black, with a width of of 5/8" or 3/4" max, from Home Depot, RS or Ace $4.99
Measure how much length you'll need for each channel in a simple 2 channel setup. I needed 5 feet per side.
I used 2 wires for each channel though. One wire for Positive and the other for Negative to TRULY separate any crosstalk interference. Ending up with 4 wires total.
That's 10 feet per side, total 20 feet needed. Leaving me with 5 feet extra just in case.
Measure out the wires and cut them.
Cut the outer black wire jacket back about one and a quarter inch.
Strip each copper wire back with knife or wire strippers, about one quarter inch back and twist the two together.
Crimp twisted wire onto spade pretty hard with locking pliers or crimper. It's a perfect fit and the spade clamps down very well.
Optional: Solder the bare copper wire peeping at the top to help prevent oxidization/corrosion. Completely optional though and the heat shrink tubing will help with this also.
Cut heat shrink tubing into 2" pieces. 8 cut pieces total.
Place over spade and keep as far to the top to cover up the copper as much as possible.
Turn on stove low heat and gently waft and roll the cable with tubing over the stove till it shrinks down. You COULD also use a lighter but the burn marks from the flames mars the heat shrink, done it before, looks crap.
Complete for all eight ends, and you're done! Congrats!
Now hook all four cables, 2 each side and enjoy! :D