Been messing with me amp now for a few months and realising that the leads can be an expense overlooked many times. I got the Pioneer VSX D-1011 and Mission speakers all round. 74i, 72i and MS10 Sub. I have wired the speakers with the meatiest cable I could get in Comet as advised by a mate. I am now almost completley finished replacing all my leads. I have been buying a lot of the monster cables. I have obviously noticed a difference with using a Digital Coax for the DVD playback with S-Video. I also noticed the difference with an Optical lead on the PS2 and S-video out. My question is this. Is there really any difference between a cheap optical lead and an expensive one. My monster was £45 and I have now found cheaper ones for £24 in Maplins. Shorly Fibre is Fibre. OK maybe flexibility is sacrifised but hey £20. Also I use my DVD player for CD playback, but I use a different output into another input on my amp so that I can leave it in Stereo mode. I am currently using Left/right phono leads. Cheapy ones too. Is there any point in going optical here or should I just change them to good quality gold plated phono? Also I was advised to put the spikes on my speakers, I did this and am now convinced that it has made a real difference? Is this all in my head? Sure it sounds crisper? Surley there's a point where its as good as it gets and you just upgrade stuff for piece of mind? Also last night I noticed that I am still using a cheap S-video lead for my amp output to the TV . Shocking....But haven't noticed it in the picture....Will I? Is it worth changing for another £45????