A couple of years ago I was given 200' of Monster Cable XP Navajo white for free. I put it away until 6 months ago. I decided that since my cable runs were under 20' I could get away with using the MC I was given. The cable is 16ga, so it should have been fine for the job. I even created an IC out of it.
At first it seemed to have made a favorable difference in sound quality and I was pleased. Around the same time I also got new, thicker carpet, new sofa, etc and when it seemed the sound stage narrowed and things got duller, I blamed all of those new things. Well after hearing from so many hear about needing better cables, I decided to purchase some 12ga Belden from BJC. It arrived yesterday and I went about measuring, cutting and terminating the new cable and am not finished with the new wiring.
First listening impressions....Brighter, tighter, more depth and wider sound stage. Makes me wonder if the Monster Cable was really 16ga. Still, from reading here, anything under 14ga seems too small for most applications.
A question.... I'm going to remake my IC (single wire pin to pin). Should I just use one 12ga wire, or combine the two 12ga wires together and solder on the pin ends? Would this be overkill?
Thanks everyone! My next task is the XO rebuild. I should have the new Sonicaps here on Thursday!