(does RainMan have no control over that woman?). Few gentlemen here will argue with a woman because either they are an "Officer and a Gentleman" (like me) or they hope to keep an open line to hit on her when the divorce happens.
Like most audio gear, it sounds good or it don't.
When we start spitting hairs about something one might or might not hear - it becomes an equipment thing. I like that as while some here claim it is all about the music - I know it is not.
I am positive when I paid $85 bucks for a new 18" cable it was great! It changed my world. Really, the difference was day and night!! My friend Ed got those Norquist cables and all he believed in before changed -
Hell, none of us will admit that some times we have been bested by cons.
(now Ed will re-post that he saw the light, his music world changed and - )
I rearranged some things and my $85 cable was too short.
The replacement is a solid cable. Can I hear a difference now that the grandeur of owning an 18 inch cable that cost $85 dollars has worn off -- NO.
I have good cables on my stuff.
On the deck, I use balanced, but on other systems use RCA which Bob prefers.
I use good interconnects and good speaker wire.
If I hooked in some of these ridiculously priced wires to my system would I be shocked, - I don't think so, but --- have none. Maybe there might be a small difference if I really pay attention and try to find it knowing I just paid a bundle for cables. In fact, if I just paid a bundle, I am positive I would rather be thrilled than embarrassed.
I am sure that that spending hundreds or thousands of dollars to up grade my solid (not cheap) cables would not be the best use of my audio money. Keep in mind that I do have good cables, not from Radio Shack, but have nothing against those.
Once I get all the best hardware components in my bar, then I will go for that last "WOW" from diamond cables.
I have some good stuff, and some good cables, but believe that upgrades there or in power cables or power conditioners are not the best use of $$ for 99% of us as long as we have solid stuff in place.
I think a lot of it is just mental knowing you own a million dollar cable. I have those heavy, wrapped in flexnet cables and they make my gear look really serious to my neighbors who know crap.
I think better cables are good to a point, and then you pay stupid money for things that you need to congregate in a serious audio room to try and detect the difference.
My system and money are not yet to that point.