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Old 05-30-2012, 07:41 AM
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So what did we find? Do cables make a difference and are expensive cables better than cheap ones? Looking at the proportion of votes for the cable pairs does indicate that some cables were preferred over others.
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So what did we find? Do cables make a difference and are expensive cables better than cheap ones? Looking at the proportion of votes for the cable pairs does indicate that some cables were preferred over others.
Were you at this listening test Joe?
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Were you at this listening test Joe?
No, I wasn't. I was surfing around and saw the test. I believe cables make a difference. The cables I can't afford are absolutely terrible.
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Cables definitely make a difference. But it's not always an improvement, just a difference. Some interprets the difference as an improvement, others not. It's very subjective.
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Cables definitely make a difference. But it's not always an improvement, just a difference. Some interprets the difference as an improvement, others not. It's very subjective.
I completely agree.

Rule of thumb: start with cheap cable, e.g. heavy 12 gauge zip cord, pick the amplifier and speaker you like, THEN see if spending the money on cables is worth it. If the cost of cables (hundreds to thousands) brings you to the next level of speaker you thought was above your budget, go back to the beginning with the better speaker and heavy zip cord and repeat your audition.

You will get a better sonic return for your money spending the extra hundreds or thousands on speakers than wire.

As I mentioned in another cable thread, I'm still not quite ready to divulge the cables I use on my speakers.
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I completely agree.

Rule of thumb: start with cheap cable, e.g. heavy 12 gauge zip cord, pick the amplifier and speaker you like, THEN see if spending the money on cables is worth it. If the cost of cables (hundreds to thousands) brings you to the next level of speaker you thought was above your budget, go back to the beginning with the better speaker and heavy zip cord and repeat your audition.

You will get a better sonic return for your money spending the extra hundreds or thousands on speakers than wire.
+1. The loudspeaker cable I use is a meticulously dressed, terminated & shielded version of the same wire used in the internal crossovers. I have demoed a few other more expensive cables but have always returned back to this German manufactured OEM badged silver plated teflon core. It simply marries well with my loudspeakers.

As for this April 2012 listening test, the baseline was flawed & the sample size was too small to postulate a meaningful argument. it is covered under another thread here.

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