I bought my component cables from a small houseware store for $12. Later I saw exactly same cables at Home depot for $20. I'm quite picky about the picture quality, but after connecting those cables to my Panasonic 50' plasma, I have absolutely no complains. They give an excellent picture.
So I join the advise: don't spend your money on expensive cables.
Noel Lee and Richard Marsh at Monster.com explain about Time Correct technology.
"Monsterís way of compensating for something called "Velocity Propagation" or better known as the skin effect. An analog audio signal passing through a copper cable succumbs to this law of physics in which bass frequencies tend to gravitate towards the center of the cable; higher frequencies are forced to the outer portion of the cable. Monster utilizes multiple gauge windings to help compensate for this distortion. Large, solid-core copper strands in the center for bass frequencies (containing higher mass) and smaller gauges wrapped around the solid core conductor to delay the midís and highís ensuring that the entire bandwidth of frequencies arrive in uniform."
WideWest Electronics have MonsterSigma Retroô Gold Speaker Cable online for $1999.95 u.s.
If you're hooking it up using the speaker terminals, then yes, 12-14 ga two conductor wires will be fine. (this was discussed earlier in this thread several times when the subject of speaker wires came up.).
If, however, you're going to use the (low level) LFE out from the AVReceiver, and the sub cable is fairly long, then get a good cable with RCA connectors at both ends. The premium sub cable from monoprice is a good deal. You should be able to purchase a good 20-25' cable for about C$20.
Being such a newb at this and getting all these terms (ohms and pass thru and coax and hdmi etc), I'm slowly learning. BUT sometimes it's nice just to get the specific example of something (as you just did for me) so I can then see what exactly you're referring to so I can compare.
I just bought a 46 in Sony LCD from futureshop,
tv's fine, but all the "gear" is going back!
I was told I needed a Monster HDMI cable
I bought their Store brand version, and that's going back because I still feel I paid too much.
Their wall mounts exceed the list price of the manufacturer "Sanus systems"
some by over $100 above list.
They suggested a $150 monster power bar that looked like it could run all your heavy kitchen appliances. I bought one for $40 from their computer dept. which I returned because the source was selling a PURE AV power bar for $30.00 marked down from a gouged up $89.00 I am just in a rage!
Can someone recommend a source of good quality inexpensive cables
HDMI//Component Video/Audio/S-Video/Composite? 8ft Length preferred...
something where the plugs are already on, where they do not have to be soldered on? - I'm not going THAT inexpensive... LOL
Blue Jeans Cable Advisory on DVI/HDMI vs Componenet Cables
I suspect there is a reference to this here somewhere, but I found it so useful a read it doesn't hurt to point to it again. It's an article mainly on whether HDMI or DVI are better than Component, but by necessity touches on the question of cable quality and the difference it can make.