In the October, 2007 issue the Recommened Components contain no interconnect priced beneath $350/m pair. There are no recommended speaker cables to be found at less than $800 per 8' pair. While digital cables fair somewhat better with recommended items to be had at as little as $12.52 per 3' cable (?), can these recommendations be true? The implication would be I cannot have even a moderately "recommended" system unless I've spent at least $1,150 on cables for a one source, two channel component system with speakers placed approximately five feet apart. At $1,250 for the next recommended speaker cable and $450 for the second lowest priced interconnect, isn't this pushing the limits of reason when someone thinks about using the Recommended Components listings as a guide to create a starter system? The lowest priced recommended speaker cables cost more than several of the lowest priced amplifiers suggested by Stereophile's staff. Quite a few recommended speakers cost substantially less than what you would suggest I spend on an interconnect. Just what sort of allocation of funds does Stereophile now suggest? It would appear that 50-70% for cables is not only reasonable but "recommended".