Thanks to Stephen M for his reviews on reasonably priced interconnects. I look forward to future colums covering speaker cables as well. Though a natural skeptic, I want to believe that cables make a difference, actually I do believe to an extent, stopping short of believing that very expensive and esoteric designs would make much if any difference than simply stepping up to affordable cables like, for example, the G Snakes that Stephen tested. Some questions crossed my mind while reading the JUL & SEP columns.
1) How do Radio Shack cables compare with the generic cables that come with most components?
2) My interconnects are Discwasher Gold-ens, purchased in the late 80's. How do these rate against Radio Shacks, generics, & G Snakes?
3) Do cables like these deteriorate with age?
4) I didn't see it specified in the colums, but Stephen impled that he tested interconnects between his turntable and amp. If I were to run my own test by purchasing some G Snakes, wouldn't I have to replace the cables both between the turntable & preamp, and between the preamp & power amp?
5) I currently use 12 AWG lamp cord (about a 25 ft run) for my speakers. This cord is fairly old, maybe 25 years. Does this deteriorate with age? I probably shouldn't think about it, I should just buy new and better cables. I would welcome any suggestions for reasonably priced speaker cables.