To Howard Kneller,
I read your review of the Synergistic Research Element cables with great interest. I am considering either the Copper or Tungsten for my Magnepan 3.7s. Which would you say give the best bang for the buck? If I buy one set of interconnects and one pair of speaker cables, would you recommend Copper interconnects and Tungsten speaker cables or the other way around? Your input would be much appreciated.
At the risk of seeming to recommend that you go for the most expensive cable as a matter of course, I would suggest that you go with the Tungsten cables. There is a big step up from the Copper to the Tungsten and a big increase in refinement. This would be my recommendation unless your system really needs some warmth. As opposed to the Tungsten, the Copper sounds a bit congested.
As for speaker cables and interconnects, you may find that you will see more of an improvement using the Tungsten speaker cables. However, as to what works best for your system, you would really have to try it out and see. Maybe your dealer can loan you some cables. That, of course, is a bit dangerous, as once you hear what a good set of cables can do, there is sometimes no going back.
I hope that helps. . . . Howard Kneller