Originally Posted by AJinFLA
Here is where I once again have to disagree and restate why. If high end cabling makes someone believe that their stereo (or HT) "sounds" better..and it does, per their hearing/perception
, how can you claim it does nothing?
Well obviously, the cable does something. In fact it does a lot of somethings, but they are *all* dependent on the listener, and not dependent on the cable itself. We know this because when we separate the listener from knowledge of what he is listening to, his responses become random.
One change of the state of mind of the listener, such as may be caused by a skeptical post on a forum like AVS or a casual remark by some random person, and poof
, it all goes away.
It may not change the soundwaves/soundfield to audibility thresholds, but that is only one component of the hearing process. A great deal happens after the soundwaves impinge upon the pinna.
The key is reliable correlation. If you actually do something that reliably changes how your system sounds, then you have a solid base to build future actions.
Wire and other such tweaks are sold on the basis that this reliable correlation exists. AFAIK
nobody sells magic wire and power regenerators on the basis that they may or may not work tomorrow or next week. These things are sold with warranties that run for months or years, so it is fair to assume that people buy these things thinking that their benefits will last for a significant amount of time.
Clearly it does change their perception of the sound as much as if it were real in the soundwaves/soundfield. That's something. Not nothing.
It all comes down to value. Magic wires and power regenerators are a risky way to invest your money because they only work as long as you think they will.