You are correct about internal speaker cabling. It's average bits of copper, as are the windings on the voice coils. Having Nordost speaker cable, at £200k seems futile, when the signal then reaches bog standard copper. I bought TQ Ultra Blue speaker cable and it cost over £130 for a pair of 2m factory terminated lengths. It sounds exactly the same as the QED 79 strand cable I used for ages. There are 2 reasons I bought this pricey cable. Firstly, it matches the colour of my TV/video unit and yes, I am that picky, but secondly, this cable is very flexible and is more like a ribbon, which is very easy to push against the skirting boards and not get tangled up etc. Cables can't make a system sound different, because all these lengths of copper/silver actually do, is pass current to your speakers, at a certain voltage. This energy is carried by the electrons in the metal and they don't care what fancy stuff you are using. The 'burn in' option really amuses me. It's as if they think the electrons need a while to adjust to their job and 'settle in', passing charge along a cable. After several hours, the electrons find it easier to wobble about in the copper atoms. Where do they get this tripe?I was using 1000+ strand OFC speaker cable, when I tried an experiment.
I made up the same length cables using a 0.5mm single strand, silver cable.
You couldn't get two more physically different cables. I heard no difference whatsoever.
I took five very different interconnect cables, including freebies and RA / Kimber cable (£76 for a half meter pair) and recorded the same music, via each onto a 5-track CDRW disc - perfectly level-matched.
Try as I might (and I tried, believe me I tried), I could hear no difference whatsoever.
Now here's the point. I won the £76 cable as a prize. Had I paid for it, I'm pretty sure there would have been an incentive to perceive a difference.
I too have heard the "you need a system that allows you to hear the difference" reasoning.
My systems have always allowed me to hear differences....between CD players, cartridges, tuners, amps, DACs, microphones....you name it.
As I always say Rob, if you or anyone else can consistently, blindly, tell cables apart, (especially if you can do it without struggling) then you have my admiration for a special skill.
In past employment, I was repeatedly told that I was "too honest", too much on the side of customers. It's because I really cannot stand BS....cable marketing is full of it.
As for those fuses, don't get me started.
Edit: Was a while ago now, but during my time at Monitor Audio, I don't think the internal wiring was anything 'special'.