Re: How much difference do you think cables makes in the audio quality of your system
When started building up my theater system I thought it was all about the source components. But I found that cables (audio, video, and power) made a significant impact in the performance of the gear and the quality of the signals.
Having moved from Radio Shack brand cables to XLO/Ultralink and Transparent Cables, I can tell you with absolute certainity that cables play a large part. Like others have said, if you can try before you buy that is a great way to test different cables.
While wholesale and aftermarket cables have their place, I recommend not going that route, but rather investing the 10% of the cost of your whole system in cables. You won't be disappointed. Sources will function better and your audio/video quality will get a vibrant boost.