Originally Posted by Bill Fitzmaurice
Well, I just ordered $500 dollars of Morrow speaker cable (SP3 Reference) specifically for my Pendragons, does that open me up for ridicule?
Ridicule, no, but it certainly disqualifies you as having any level of technical expertise when you're so easy fooled by the nonsense spouted by the cable nuts. That said, if you've convinced yourself that you can hear the difference between a reasonably priced cable and an absurdly priced cable then one can hardly give any credence to your review of the speakers either. You'd have been better off leaving that bit out information out.
My latest experience on my home system when dealing with cables...
I purchased a $39 RCA cable NXG brand; I needed a cheep cable for an FM tuner. Was almost as if I unplugged a tweeter or something. Was it a defective cable? Who knows but went back to my Audioquest and the highs returned. This cable definitely attenuated the high frequency content. I plugged and unplugged it many a time and used it on a few systems just to make sure and it simply killed the high end and "air" and was unusable so it went in the trash. For the record I have never had any cable but the NXG effect the sound to this extent so it may have been a bad cable but if so, it was bad from the factory.
Was using my cheep China Maverick DAC01 on a 2nd system, (fyi, nice budget tube DAC for the money IMO)... I got the power cord mixed up with one from my computer or tv or something. Lost the magic in the sound. Took me some time to figure out what was wrong and that I had switched power cables. I thought I had a tube go bad or something. Switched back to the original power cable and the imaging and air returned to the music. Were these special cable? No, just stock but the one that shipped with the unit sounded better than others I tried. I have no idea why but the power cable made as much difference as if I had a bad tube. I have seen some people also think the brand of tubes all sound the same as with cable and that some cheep China new production tubes sounds the same as a 1950s USA old stock tube. If someone feels that way to each his own but I for one on my 2 ch Pendragon system enjoy tube rolling and what a good cable can do. I also like a fine wine as well but to some Mad dog 20/20 will do that same thing after all it is all just wine.
I purchased a Audioquest NRG-2 solid conductor power cable. I wanted to like this cable but made everything I used it on sound sterile. I wanted to like this cable as it was better than stock right as I paid good money for it but made my amps sound horrible. A power cable can not change the sound right? Thats what I thought at first.
My Mapleshade solid thin speaker cable do sound better in my system than my huge thick classic Van Den Hul cable from the 90's. Solid vs stranded? Copper vs silver plated copper? Who knows why but sounds better.
No placebo effect or what ever you call it or my mind playing tricks on me; Cables can sound different. My ears do not lie.
My point is I don't spend huge money on cables. I know that some manufactures must just wrap wires in techflex and put some fancy heat shrink and mark them up a billion percent so I do not buy into all the hype but all cables can change the sound of a system.
I think someone can find a good inexpensive cable that sound great but I have used inexpensive and expensive cables that don't do the job.
For the record I have spent years working in high end shops and on many a slow Saturday I would do those blind listening test with mega money cables just to pass the time.
I have also installed enough cable to I bet stretch around the world over the last 30 years. Based on my experience I will say money does not necessarily buy a good cable but cables do sound different and who is to say that expensive Audiosavants $500 Marrow cables are not one of the great ones?
I have also found the better system and room the more difference a good cable makes. I question and would like to know the exact components used and room treatments / dimensions or better yet a photo of the system and exactly how many different cables someone had actually tried before forming an opinion that cables sound the same.
If you guys want to eat me alive for my views have at it but will take more than a video to change my mind about cables as I have formed my opinion over 30 years of actually listening to many cables on a daily basis.
If you guys don't want Audiosavants opinion on his $500 cables I ask if he would PM me and let me know how he likes his cables as I for one would like to know about his cables and I do give credence to his professional opinion.