Firstly, I'm a newbie (around here). So this is my first post.
I've also looked around a bit at other posts and seen some comments on speaker wire, cables, etc... but I wanted to ask specifically about the speaker wire.
Cables, I will believe can make a big difference in quality, I've seen it firsthand with it comes to video on my HDTV... but speaker wire? I'm no techie, but I'm skeptical to say the least (and being a salesman to some extent I instinctively DON'T trust salespeople until they make me think I should).
I should mention my previous equipment was late 80's Fisher seperates and some gigantic Techniques front speakers (18" subs) and two back surrounds that I don't even remember the brand of.
The gear I have or will be getting: I have the new Monitor 70's, CS2 Center, PSW12 Sub and FXi3's on the way (side question, should I look into getting a center back? A 2nd CS2?).
I'm leaning towards the new Harmon Kardon DPR 2005... I like everything I see and hear apart for some of the quality issues with the China made newer gear. That's making me hesitate, but I'm thinking H/K would correct any issues...? Thoughts on the H/K are welcome, but I'm really interested in what type and how much I should be spending on speaker wire.
So... I suspect so long as the speaker wire is of the right gauge and shielding (and the connectors are good) I'm not going to see big differences if any. I'm inclined to believe that the "high-end" stuff might be better if I'm worried about the thinkness of the wire and I'm really not caught up in cost... but just cause I'm not doesn't mean I want to get suckered. Once I put the speakers where they are going to stay (different house most likely) I'll be running the wiring through the floors/walls/ceiling so size will (eventually) not be an issue. Doesn't mean I'm not going to get something nicer however in the mean time.