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"A British Audiophile" compares audio interconnects

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Halcyon:
Yes, I know. The whole audiophool thing has been done to death, but I still can't help but shake my head at these people who can trick themselves into hearing differences that don't exist.



He compared cables and was apparently able to hear a difference in "where instruments were located", how "woolly" the bass sounded. He was also able to determine that some of the cables had more "presence" and could determine the "leading edge of the notes" better on some cables. I could go on. Apparently interconnect cables play the role of "filters" in an audio system.

What's interesting is that there seems to be a distinct lack of negative comments or criticism calling out his bullshit... could he perhaps be deleting comments that aren't favourable?

Secondly, surprise surprise, the most expensive cable (which he apparently paid £800 for) scored the highest in his tests and the cheapest performed "worst", but he claims that "he couldn't care less if the cheaper cables sound better" (of course, we all know the cheaper cables never come out on top in these kinds of biased and unscientific tests, so he's safe there. Money well spent!)

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MazeFrame:
In theory, a cable could be made to have higher resistance after a set point (skin effect).

Would be nice if someone with access to a 20Hz to 20kHz LCR meter got his hands on one of these cables, just to see what the numbers say.

bd139:
These things always remind me of my father who was a "wine expert". Or that was until he didn't realise a bottle was thoroughly corked, drank half of it and got everyone else to taste how good it was. Then everyone knew he was talking bollocks to obtain intellectual status.

In this scenario I would love to see coat speaker replaced with coat hangers wrapped in sticky tape which is what I had to use for my first HiFi set up. When I bought some proper cables I couldn't tell the difference at all.

Perhaps I should start selling audio grade coat hangers 🤔

SeanB:
Well, I picked up some of the braided PTFE cables, and am using them, suitably undone, as test leads, as they do have a reasonable amount of copper in them. Not too flexible, but fine for power supply use.

Did use the Van Del Hul as interconnects, but they are no different to the others, except they are much better shielded than the original cheap came with cables, which came as about 5 strands of possibly wire for inner, and 3 strands of almost metal as braid, not even foil wrapped. Just had to resolder the dry joints on them, they rely on solder to provide mechanical support and contact for the inner core.

xrunner:
Same BS different day. They bias themselves towards the appearance and price. The best looking and most expensive will win. The tests need to be blind comparisons. I'd pick a roll of Radio Shack wire and build it up with pretty coverings and say it costs $12,000. It would win hands-down.

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