EmSquare NC wrote:
To me... the problem with wire is it has crossed over to an article of faith. No longer a subject of honest discourse between either camp.
A connection should deliver the signal uncorrupted to the next device.
This pretty much sums up my thoughts on the subject. Since I have been an electronics tech for 30 years should this be a surprise? I do not mind people paying for quality but I would rather not see them scammed.
Since it is a fun subject, like many of you, I have spent a lot of time researching it. Most of my effort has been web reading, and less hands on comparing since I don't have access to many different cables.
Experts abound in the area. To keep it honest, you have to be a little skeptical of the articles from guys selling things, even if it is just their web site or expertise.
Most likely, cables are like everything else. Line up a few different ones and some will be better than others. Some are better shielded if you need that. Some have better connections, and we all want that. As to performance, always upgrade your weakest link. Spending a thousand on cables might not be your best upgrade.
My music is mostly computer generated. To that end, you have to realize the music is traveling over internal wires and motherboards that may be the weak link. I hate to contemplate the problems encountered sending a quality wireless signal, but many "experts" claim it is excellent, and I suspect that is the area most research is going into. Many of the same problems are inside our other equipment.
Inside our normal equipment, the wires and connections are what they are. Hooking any exterior cable to pass the signal on to the next level can NOT improve things, and all we can hope for is less degradation. Connectors are a big deal, and cleaning means a lot there.
Like some of you guys, I buy fancy cables because - ??? Well, at the minimum, most look really cool and add confidence.
I believe if you have a good solid cable, the upgrade to a better one is mostly mental, and worth the price if it entertains you. I suspect most cables on an independent "Bob Carver" style test would show little bang for the buck beyond the level of many well made cables costing much less.
Even if one cable in the line is inferior, the rest must work with that signal, and cables cannot improve on the music they are given.
While I remain a sore spot to some here, EmSquare seems to be a breath of fresh air. I hope he posts often.