Splashing out on cables .... listen first!
So, if you represent (as you surely do) a significant strata of the hi-fi buying public, if I were the marketing dept. of a cable company, I'd make those specs damn good reading. Whether I or you actually had the ability to interpret the data in a meaningful way that related to music is a completely different matter and one I'd rather avoid you thinking about.
Originally Posted by STHLS5
My recommendation: don't buy on specifications. Don't buy on cosmetics. If the urge to spend money is so intense, go listen. If you can't go listen, put the money you would have spent in a charity box and give yourself and the recipient a real boost. There is no better feeling than being contented yourself and able to make someone else less fortunate than yourself happy: a win-win situation all round. And don't expect any gratitude or thanks - those in real trouble do not have the language to express their appreciation.
Or you could, of course, go ahead and pick a fancy cable, unheard, and based on the appearance and specifications. Drag it home. Hook it up. Congratulate yourself on your marvellous purchase. Next week, swap back to the original cable ... and wonder why you spent the money. Or maybe I'm just too cynical!
If you are auditioning, there are those who say that the differences between cables are intimately related to the interaction of amplifier, cable and speaker. Change any one of the three, and the sound changes. So if you are taking the trouble to seriously listen, be sure to listen with your amp, the new cable and your speakers and no other combination of amp and speakers. Otherwise your listening test will be/could be/may be worthless.
Alan A. Shaw
Harbeth Audio UK