I'm wondering if my Home Depot 12 gauge wire has gone bad... For awile now my Paradigm Monitor series speakers have been sounding very "thin" with a big muddy gap in the mid bass to lower midrange. Bass would just disappear when running my mains large in 2 channel mode. There was much more bass when the (calibrated) sub was added to the mix. Speaker positioning didn't help and the bass was missing even if I had my head to the speaker. I have been using Home Depot 12 gauge speaker wire since December 1999. So yesterday, I bought some smaller gauge Monster XP speaker wire and things really cleaned up! I was able to run my mains large without having the "thin" sound. Not much difference when I added the sub (actually I turned the sub down some). The highs actually seemed to clear up some and overall imaging improved. The Paradigm Monitor 7s are still are a tad bright, but I believe upgrading my Yamaha RXV-596 receiver will help that. Now, I thought that speaker wire didn't go bad. Am I wrong? Will a higher cost speaker wire help me even more.