Originally Posted by Patrick Butler
Mr. Hirsch also believed that "any amplifier that is reasonably good and operating as intended has any sound quality of its own." Take that as you will.
I do think I recall Mr. Hirsch arguing all amplifiers sound the same and I absolutely disagree with that sentiment.
I can attest the sounds I am hearing from my new Classe components are far and away the best I’ve ever heard in my own system.
I have admired, lusted after, and wished to own the SSP-800 since its inception. Now I do, and if anything, my lofty expectations have only been greatly exceeded.
I am honored and thrilled by the fact that this thread is regularly visited by the likes of Roger Dressler, formerly of Dolby Labs and Patrick Butler of B&W Group North America. Their contributions lend immense credibility and bolster my conviction I made the right choice in choosing Classe components.
Regarding interconnects; I am simply saying I do agree with Roger Dressler, the magic happens in the box not in the cable. While I’m no engineer, I do believe any correctly designed and executed 75 ohm interconnect/phono/RCA cable with appropriate shielding and connectors will/should sound indistinguishable from one another.
I may be daft, but I have made my own interconnects out of RG6 Coax and Radio Shack “F” to “RCA” connectors with fine results. My sub is hooked up with a 40’ (in wall) length of RG6. Then again, if I had a do-over I sure would run an XLR cable to my sub but given the choice of repairing sheetrock when I have no issues with single ended RCA’s; well that just isn’t going to happen.
That said, anyone who derives more pleasure and satisfaction from this truly awesome hobby we all share, by investing in more exotic cables, should go for it and don’t let my opinions get in your way.