Just buy the least expensive ones. No point in spending more because they all sound the. same - contrary to what the "golden ears" crowd claims..
you should be able to easily check your hearing by sourcing both cables w return policies…. BTW we use a variety of Mogami and other cable at the recording studio… when selecting a combination of microphone / cables and Preamp and sometimes the various tubes in the chain, nobody so far has picked based on $ or the rantings of the local tin ear….
btw Neglex the underlying wire is excellent…but there is just a bit more to it than that…
OP - have fun, enjoy the journey and especially the music….
I have cables made with W2549 and others with W2534. Both pair have the same Neutrik connectors; both are 25 ft long.
Five years ago, when my HF hearing was better, I thought that sound through the ordinary mic cable (W2549) had SLIGHTLY more HF response. Maybe.
I'd use W2549 for most applications. If in an area with extreme RFI, the W2534 quad cable, which has better interference rejection, would be better. But for ordinary applications, even running a line-level audio cable near a power cord, there is no need for a quad cable.
I use Mogami Gold XLR. I just made an A/B comparison to Audience Front Row XLRs. What I learned is that the Audience is better, but the Mogami's are incredible for their price. You need to pay at least $1K for cables to better them. Even then, you will really, really need to critically listen to hear a difference.
Use W3103 for my Wharfedale speakers and about to swap in W2549 interconnects gathered on-line from several assemblers who offered my various oddball specs…3 ft RCA to 1/4” jack, pairs of 2ft RCA, and a three spade REL cable. FWIW, I believe in cables to the extent that Mogami and Canare seem agreed to offer value as low noise studio and road gear suppliers. My ear is decidedly not golden enough to appreciate the highest end connectors but 45 years in radio and backstage outdoor festival production has tuned me in to the basics of clean signals, good grounds, the value of amp overhead and the reality that good speakers are a must to enjoy music fully, LOL
Question for resident technicians, have heard in several discussions that Wogami cables carry signal with a low capacitance floor. Is that a key thing to low noise? Is that connected to low resistance and /or less current loss over distance? My degree was in anthropology, if I could do the ‘70s over again I’d pick something that would have more to do with this :)
@retrocrownfan...I have a pair of 3104's i slipped in for a couple days.Man...rock solid tunefull low end and smooth mids/highs...just a very good value for such little money.Who cant appreciate that.
Same experience with banana clipped 3103 cables into big baffle Wharfedale Lintons. Immediate and noticeable increase in voltage to the speakers. I had to tweak a bit to recover the imaging and sound stage. There was some distortion in my signal chain that was not audible with Amazon wire but came through the bigger cables, I think. Just dialed back my analog preamp level and slightly upped amp attenuation …increased the toe-in a little…and captured some Mogami magic. Best DIY $90 I’ve spent lately!