I need some help making some decisions and am hoping to get some advice. Within the last 6 months I’ve purchased some very expensive equipment (for me) and am trying to decide what interconnects and speaker cables I should be going with. I’ve been holding off making the commitment to a specific brand, etc. until I got some independent advice. My local dealer used to sell Monster products and pushed them until they dropped the line. They are now selling IXOS and Audio/Videoquest. Equipment List: B & K AVR 307 Pioneer Elite DV-47A DVD Player Pioneer Elite PRO-720HD HDTV Projection Monitor B & W Nautilus 803 Speakers (Pair) for Front B & W Nautilus HTM1 Center Speaker B & W Rock Solid Speakers (Pair) for Rear (left over from previous system) B & W ASW4000 Sub-woofer (Future Purchase when I finish paying for the rest) Monster HTS 7000 – Power Center Mitsubishi S-Video HS-U778 VCR My desire is to identify the approximate quality level and style of cables and then try (if possible) a few alternatives. However, I don’t have an unlimited budget. What I don’t want to do is spend too little and not take advantage of my equipment – I’m hoping there is a “sweet spot” where quality and value come together. So here are my questions: What brand and/or style of interconnect cables should I be buying that will have the least effect on the output of my equipment, but are a good value? For instance, is Monster Cable’s M1000 series a good line of interconnect cables or is there more cost effective solutions that will yield better or similar results? Do I need to increase my price point? Would solutions from IXOS and/or Audio/VideoQuest be any better? Should I be getting connectors that are silver or gold plated? Is Optical or Coaxial Digital Cables better? Should the cable have silver or gold plated connectors? As I’ve started to research the topic of speaker cables it seems that there are a lot of opinions as to how they should be constructed, what type of material should be used (silver, oxygen free copper with silver plating, etc.), etc. HOW DOES A PERSON KNOW WHAT IS AND ISN’T IMPORTANT? And, if it’s all important, how does one prioritize? Any recommendations?