Originally Posted by olyteddy
Well to me the 'S' in AVS supposedly stands for 'Science' and when people report remarkable and immaculate cures I must call BS. I don't doubt you have made your personal peace with IR BUT
expensive overpriced power cords and such had nothing to do with it.
I don't think so either, but who knows? I sure am not going to install any crazy expensive stuff without proof, nor would I recommend it to anyone, but I can't say it's impossible. Being an engineer and grounded in science and logic I can get pretty close though.
Like I said before, I give all my cable money to signal cable. Very good quality, and last time I checked you could even get silver cables for around 200 bucks. Only problem I had were the interconnects I bought around 2003, the RCAs were super tight, and I ended up slipping the termination wrap on the plug body. Well that and I specified the wrong speaker termination on the amp side of the speaker cables I bought at the same time. But that's totally my fault.
Bought some interconnects a few years ago (cheaper versions from what I had) for a birthday present, and they worked out great for my buddy. I highly recommend them. No frills website or marketing, quality vs price speaks for themselves. Plus you can call and he'll make you just about anything you want.
Also, like I said, I'm not going to hesitate to put my gear on 1 or 2 dedicated circuits, with quality outlets and maybe some kind of extra protection on those circuits just to keep the expensive gear somewhat isolated from the rest of the house/any surge sources.
But quality stuff doesn't mean exotic materials and $$$$$$$$ for me. I have very good hearing, but in a blind test I picked the $200 cables over the multi thousand dollar ones. Someone that can afford that stuff, and buys it, will almost always say it sounds better/looks better. How could you not when you drop a couple grand on a cable like HDMI that only carries digital? Digital is digital, as long as the terminations and the contacts are good I don't care if the cable is made up of rhodium plated solid gold strands all encased in 2 inch lead with liquid nitrogen cores with each piece of lead encased with 4 inch (insert some crazy exotic dielectric / shielding here, I've run out of crazy stuff to say lol). Yes that was supposed to sound like I am off my rocker! If what you're connecting has good contacts and terminations in the devices, and the HDMI signal produced from a source plays nice with the sink, then a $5 cable from Fry's (be sure to buy in the computer department because the cables there are way cheaper than the same exact cable being sold under a different SKU in the HT dept) will perform perfectly well as long as the standard you need is met or exceeded.
Same with coax digital and optical. Optical COULD be tricky as there are different types such as single or multi mode, but I've only seen that kind of designation for fibre networks. I don't think you can buy the "wrong cable" for HT, it's either a standard or started as a gentlemen agreement that no one in their right minds w would go against now.
The only things I would consider paying a bit more for are analogue interconnects and speaker cables. Purely for shielding purposes. But you could spend a grand on some well shielded interconnects and make render ask that extra cash useless by having a gang of cabling, or bundling interconnects with speaker cables. I have seen this done more than a few times, by integrators no less. Calibrating or recalibrating someone's display / audio that was installed by a custom installer/integrator. Basically getting the same sound out of thousand dollar cables that you would get out of a run of the mill shielded cable at a 10th of the price if they are installed correctly. Quite unbelievable.