I am not a big cable freak. The most exotic cables I have are the Kimber 4TC on my front L&R. I recently read a review of cables at www.audioholics.com They had some fairly good suggestions on how to judge cables....especially general construction and build quality. One thing they said was to beware of jacketed (heat shrunk) connectors. Because of the difficulty in seeing the actual solder joints, and assembly. Well, I had a couple of Bettercable coaxes around with jacketed connectors. So I cut off the shrink material, unscrewed the connector barrel, and to my surprise the quality of the solder joints was below par. The solder flow was 'good' and a good mechanical connection was apparent. But way too much solder in my opinion. On one end the solder ball for the outside ground connection was pressed up against the center conductor insulation. I compared a standard Monster Cable, and there was a world of difference. Very consistent quality, much less solder but nice secure and neat junctions. I am not a big MC fan, but there seems to be some vaild observations going on here, and maybe it offers further support for 'doing your own'.