Okay, so I'm not THAT old (47), but I didn't see a dedicated sub-forum for traditional stereo systems, so I thought I'd lead with the chuckle. \n\nI recently bought a new place here in central Florida, and my loving wife and I sparked up a discussion while we were waiting to close on this place about what I wanted to do for audio in our living room. The shape of the room meant surround wasn't even a consideration, and besides, I'm just not that into surround configurations.\n\nI, of course, brought up my "bucket list" - a pair of Klipschorns connected to high-power class A tube amplification. The room, however, was not going to support such a system, because there did not exist a single corner where a Klipschorn could be properly coupled to the walls. So I mentioned the Belle Klipsch which are the next best thing in terms of fully horn-loaded speakers that also happen to look more like fine furniture than ugly speakers. \n\nLo and behold, she sleuthed out someone selling a pair a couple hours away, and I wrangled him down to $2500 for a perfectly pristine pair that he bought new in the 80's when he was in the USAF. Guy was nice enough to give me the Marantz surround receiver and the "Monster cables" he was using with them. It was comical how he kept insisting that they were the "right cables", even as I examined them and noticed they were thoroughly green inside the insulation. Whatever. I bought them without even listening to them - visual inspection was enough, I knew they worked... Even better, they also matched up beautifully with the furniture she picked out for the space. \n\nFast forward a month, and after a lot of research and some budgetary decisions, I have a pair of Quicksilver Horn Monos to go with them, and a Denon HEOS Link serving double duty as a DAC and a preamp. I have yet to plug these amps in, I've been using the Denon just as a DAC in front of a cheap Sony stereo unit I had laying around, because I need to build some shelving to hold the blocks above the speakers, since those are the best available spots for the tubes to get ventilation. \n\nSo I'm in a parallel effort right now, making acoustic treatment decisions and interconnect decisions. Most of the treatment issues in this room center around sheer volume of reflective surfaces - glass sliders, tile floor, etc. I'm blessed, to an extent, in that it is not a square (or even rectangular) room, and it's going to get less square once we reno the kitchen and open up a huge window on the back wall. So I'm less concerned about bass nulls, though I do plan on investing in a spectrum analyzer software package to tune it as much as possible, but right now I'm doing the bulk work. Area rug helped. So did heavy fabric furniture. Still needs more reflection work, though. I found a company that makes acoustic panels upon which they will imprint custom artwork of your choice, so I've got the wife deciding what Monet paintings she wants on the two walls that most need some absorption. ;) \n\nRegarding interconnects, understand, I am agnostic about this stuff. If you can show me the science and the math behind something, I'm on board. But if you sit there and tell me all this marketing-speak about phase-correcting this and time-smearing that and, god forbid, you start talking about cables needing burn-in, and you can't show your work to prove it, I'm out. Show me the math. Show me the science. If I can't read the results on a spectrum analyzer, I'm not spending a grand on your marketing gobbledy-gook to connect my speakers to my amp. \n\nBut, I do have a little conundrum on my hands, that being that I traded in one problem for a different one when I signed up for monoblocks sitting right near the speakers as opposed to an integrated amp sitting halfway between them - instead of 2m of speaker wire and 6 inches of RCA cable, I now have 12 inches of speaker wire and 2m of RCA cables, and I'm a little concerned about the R\/L\/C math dealing with that much, much lower current signal. And I have no idea what the best choice is for said RCA run, because no one publishes R\/L\/C data for their damn RCA cables. Just marketing gobbledy-gook. \n\nIt shouldn't be a big deal to pick out RCA cables, yet here I am. Let's talk about it.