Originally Posted by scanido
I was in the market for expensive cables to power my mains and I was looking at companies like Audioquest and Transparent. The cables had a very nice appeal to them, but when i home tested them with my speakers - 803S, I found no difference at all! This was in comparison to cheapo Lightning Audio cables that were probably 14 gauge. IF there were any differences to be heard i could not hear it on my 803S and RSX-1057.
I guarantee you that someone who believes in (and I use that word advisedly, due to its religious implications
) expensive speaker wire is going to tell you that either you have tin ears, your electronics aren't good enough to show how much better expensive cables are, those brands of cable weren't the right ones for your speakers, you didn't listen long enough to hear the difference, didn't listen to the right kind of music to hear the difference, you didn't have the "system synergy" to make those expensive cables sound noticeably better, etc, etc.
I doubt if you're going to get general agreement on any of the audiophile web forums that any
suggested, expensive "tweak" makes no audible difference. Partially this is because of the principle of cognitive dissonance, which describes the psychological discomfort one experiences at holding two incompatible thoughts. Such as, "I paid $3000 for these speaker cables, and they sound just like the 59-cents-a-foot wire I bought at Home Depot." The dissonance is resolved by acquiring new beliefs or altering the old ones, e.g., "I can
hear a difference!" ...or, "That forum gave me worthless advice, so I'm not posting there any more."