Ok, tonyb hit a nerve with me in a thread to another user, new receiver, new speakers, $12 speaker wire.
Honestly, it was a good nerve for me, I have a relatively new pair of speakers (less than 2 weeks old) and a receiver that's about 2 months old. Three extremely good pieces of audio equipment tied together with $12 speaker wire. I went looking online and managed to land myself on the MIT website, had a heart attack and recovered.
Now while I don't have north of $2,000 to spend on wire I do have a more modest budget of $200-$350 for a half decent set that will improve what I have but not put me into the poor house.
I do have some quality ICs connecting devices including straight optical between PS3 and HK3490. But nothing is emblazoned with the word...Monster.
Runs, Oh 4 runs 8 foot long, preference towards no banana plugs or spades, eliminates just another place where a connection can fail. Any ideas ?