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    Default Best Budget Audio Cables?

    Thought I'd ask what you guys believe to be are the best budget interconnects under $100 for 1m pair length new or used?

    I currently have Bluejeans cable interconnects running between my Parasound P/HP 850 preamp, Cambridge Audio 640C and a pair of Outlaw monoblocks. Just wondering if it's worth considering changing out my interconnects. However, I'm not interested in spending more on my interconnects than I did on my gear. Geez, I only paid $110 for the preamp, so I'm reluctant to pay $100+ for a pair of freakin' interconnects.

    Thanks for your responses.
    HT/2-channel Rig: Sony 50 LCD TV; Toshiba HD-A2 DVD player; Emotiva LMC-1 pre/pro; Rogue Audio M-120 monoblocks (modded); Placette RVC; Emotiva LPA-1 amp; Bada HD-22 tube CDP (modded); VMPS Tower II SE (fronts); DIY Clearwave Dynamic 4CC (center); Wharfedale Opus Tri-Surrounds (rear); and VMPS 215 sub

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    i've heard very good things about the bluejeans cable, but have no firsthand experience. I have some monster cable (i and 400) but definitly not the best for the buck. i use outlaw audio cables on my home theater, and love them. perform very well compared to the monster i was using. i also have the radio shack fusion cables, but alas, they are no longer maid, and as far as i know are not carried anymore.
    Theater - Polk LSi15, LSiC, LSi9 speaks, DIY Sub (142.5L box, SVS plus driver, 500 Watt plate amp)...Outlaw 990 pre/pro, Carver TFM45, 2 X Outlaw M200 . Rotel RB980 . PS3, Monster 3600 power center

    2 Channel -
    Anthem Pre 2l, Jolida JD100 CD player, CAL Sigma DAC, Carver m4.0, Polk LSi9 w external modified Crossovers (thanks Trey!)

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    You are already in the budget category, so DIY designs will just be changing connectors and maybe a cable provider. I think SC is a better manufacturer than BJC, but that's just me and my own experience.

    If you want to jump into another bracket, and brand...yet stay UNDER $100....look into the MIT AVT series.

    Contact me directly for some information. dorokusai@comcast.net
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    AudioAdvisor has a good deal in their clearance section on 1.5m AudioQuest Copperheads for $38.75. Also ordered some Kimber Heros. If those don't work out, I'll return them and try something different.
    Last edited by Early B.; 09-27-2004 at 10:20 AM.
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    you should be satisfied with the copperheads
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    SNIP> 'i also have the radio shack fusion cables, but alas, they are no longer maid' [made].

    Less than a week ago I checked in with Radio Stack [3 seperate stores] about the fusion cables. They are indeed no longer available but these cables were made by 'Monster Cable' and simply branded for Radio Stack. The Stack now carries and this is big surprise.....Monster Cables.

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    I noticed the MC's in Radio Shack the other day....weird. They are beginning to carry more and more name brand merchandise.

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    I believe it is the only time Monster ever provided a cable that was actually worth its price !

    Staying under the $100 mark (and if you want to buy used), can sometimes find:

    Audience Conductor
    Transparent Muslink and the
    Kimber hero

    Those three both leagues ahead of what SC and BJC has to offer.

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    I will write a more detailed comments regarding my system but you should also consider knukonceptz.com silver coated connectors....very cheap for silvers and so far so good...

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    Originally posted by marly421
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    SNIP> 'i also have the radio shack fusion cables, but alas, they are no longer maid' [made].

    Less than a week ago I checked in with Radio Stack [3 seperate stores] about the fusion cables. They are indeed no longer available but these cables were made by 'Monster Cable' and simply branded for Radio Stack. The Stack now carries and this is big surprise.....Monster Cables.

    Marly

    thats funny, because they look nothing like, or were priced nothing like monster cable, even at their retail price. either way, they were great cables, especially for the price i got them at (in the teens per pair of interconnects)
    Theater - Polk LSi15, LSiC, LSi9 speaks, DIY Sub (142.5L box, SVS plus driver, 500 Watt plate amp)...Outlaw 990 pre/pro, Carver TFM45, 2 X Outlaw M200 . Rotel RB980 . PS3, Monster 3600 power center

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    Anthem Pre 2l, Jolida JD100 CD player, CAL Sigma DAC, Carver m4.0, Polk LSi9 w external modified Crossovers (thanks Trey!)

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    as per my other post I am getting AR pro II all under 15$ cad:D
    HT- HK 335, Rotel 1075, Miova PC, AQ Indigo speaker cable, XLO jumpers, AQ Diamondback Ics, AQ HDMI x2, AQ component, Signal cable analog II Ics, Signal cable digcoax, Signal cable Toslink, Rti8, Csi5, Rti6, Energy s10.2, Panny 42" Plasma, PS3, Harmony 1100 (on the way, thanks Sal) and Harmony PS3 Adapter(picking it up tonight) LG dvdp(for the kids) , Monster 3600MKII all on a dedicated circuit.

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    Yes, those Acoustic Research Pro II cables seem to be very good value....to me...sound better than Monsters costing 3 times as much!!!

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    right at that price I am replacing all my reg AR cables for the pro series II...looks like I will have tons lying around....
    HT- HK 335, Rotel 1075, Miova PC, AQ Indigo speaker cable, XLO jumpers, AQ Diamondback Ics, AQ HDMI x2, AQ component, Signal cable analog II Ics, Signal cable digcoax, Signal cable Toslink, Rti8, Csi5, Rti6, Energy s10.2, Panny 42" Plasma, PS3, Harmony 1100 (on the way, thanks Sal) and Harmony PS3 Adapter(picking it up tonight) LG dvdp(for the kids) , Monster 3600MKII all on a dedicated circuit.

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    OK, so I gets my Kimber Hero and Audioquest Copperheads today. Hooked them up and was absolutely amazed at the music I was missing!!! And they ain't even broken in yet.

    I kid you not -- some songs sound entirely different. There were a few layers of detail I never heard before. Specifically, there were entire instruments that I never heard, but now are clear as day. I just could not imagine that interconnects contribute so much to the integrity of the music. I giggled as my wife lit up when I played the first few bars of her favorite song. The difference between my new cables and the Bluejeans I had before is not subtle -- it is very dramatic.

    Yeah, yeah, yeah...I've heard it all before -- "You should view your interconnects as components" or "Cables make a big difference" or "Get cables to match your system..." blah, blah, blah. But hey, all of that is correct. So don't be cheap like me when it comes to your cables. If so, you're choking the life blood right out of your system.

    One more upgrade forthcoming -- Tara Labs Prism bi-wire speaker cables arrive Friday. Right now I have some no name brand cables that I bought off ebay. They look nice, but I'm not sure of their quality. So I'm expecting great things on the 'morrow.
    HT/2-channel Rig: Sony 50 LCD TV; Toshiba HD-A2 DVD player; Emotiva LMC-1 pre/pro; Rogue Audio M-120 monoblocks (modded); Placette RVC; Emotiva LPA-1 amp; Bada HD-22 tube CDP (modded); VMPS Tower II SE (fronts); DIY Clearwave Dynamic 4CC (center); Wharfedale Opus Tri-Surrounds (rear); and VMPS 215 sub

    "God grooves with tubes."

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    Great news bud. The Heros are very respected cables. Indeed, for reasons unknown to me, cables can and often do influence your sound. Congrats on your discovery. When it comes to fidelity, one should cut as few corners as possible.

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    One more upgrade forthcoming -- Tara Labs Prism bi-wire speaker cables arrive Friday.
    Popped those suckers in today and realized an even greater level of detail. An experience similar to the interconnects, the speaker cables made some songs actually sound entirely different. My wife likes the change too, so I'm good to go. Don't wanna screw around with testing out different cables for a while. I'll just enjoy my music and give these new cables some time to break in.
    HT/2-channel Rig: Sony 50 LCD TV; Toshiba HD-A2 DVD player; Emotiva LMC-1 pre/pro; Rogue Audio M-120 monoblocks (modded); Placette RVC; Emotiva LPA-1 amp; Bada HD-22 tube CDP (modded); VMPS Tower II SE (fronts); DIY Clearwave Dynamic 4CC (center); Wharfedale Opus Tri-Surrounds (rear); and VMPS 215 sub

    "God grooves with tubes."

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