Originally Posted by noisebeam
You have said multiple times it is very easy to tell MIT from lower cost speaker wire. Now you have been specific with Belden wire, thank you. Can you please describe what this obvious easy to tell difference is? Also if the difference is so obvious I would assume that one could record the playback of each in the room and hear it as well, is that possible?
record the room? Well, first off, you would probably need to make sure the room was a proper treated/designed room so there wasn't any room problems effecting what the microphone would pick up. The other issue is what mike, cables, mike pre amp, A/D converter being used, etc., etc. to get as accurate as possible. I've never done this, but I've been talking to others to see if they could do some accurate recordings of products they make to see if they could post recordings to see if we could tell. The other aspect is how they are played back. Obviously, this would be a fairly long process to see how well it could be done to accurately reproduce what's being played in a room vs a recording of it. I'm sure it might be able but it would probably take a lot of tests to do this.
Belden wire is pretty standard stuff. Obviously, they have different gauges and slight variations of speaker cables, but I don't think people are going to tell much difference as long as the gauge is the proper gauge. I can certainly get Belden wire or some other garden variety twisted pair wire that's commonly used. That's not that difficult for me to use and throw in. From the tests I've seen, there probably isn't going to be much difference if I use Zip Cord or Twisted 12 gauge from any company, I just listed Belden since it's a commonly used cable mfg.
What's going to be the obvious differences? Well, I can tell you what I've heard, but you actually need to do that test to see what you hear, because we all hear things slightly differently as well as what other conditions are different. But from a general perspective, which is about all I can tell you, there should probably be no harshness with the MIT cables, better clarity from the lows all the way up, and it's going to allow you to hear more detail. I mean, basically just about everything should sound better, it's common for people to hear tracks that are normally difficult to hear a little or a lot easier. I normally don't listen to that heavy metal music where it's so distorted, processed, compressed where it probably doesn't matter about anything, so I can't comment on using that or even recommending that as music to judge anything with. I generally will use recordings with acoustic instruments, vocals, some electronic based that has both acoustic and none acoustic with lots of tracks.
It's always good, based on my experience to use a variety of recordings to see what the cables do and don't do. But the most common and obvious to me is because it's the first test I do, is I take out certain recordings where they have certain cymbal crashes that were recorded pretty hot and if it can reproduce that cymbal clearly and without offensive harshness, that is the first test I personally do since I'm familiar with the recording but it tells me immediately if it's a cable I can live with. So far, only a couple of cables have passed that test so I know the recording isn't distorted to be offensive. The most important thing I can recommend is listen carefully over a period of time recordings you know well and listen to the low level aspects of the recordings. Also keep the volume levels down below 85dB ave. and even lower. Some cables don't do as well when the music is played at lower levels. And that goes for systems in general. I don't know what volume level you normally listen to, but it's good to know and keep track of as to not cause hearing damage (short term or long term).
I hope this helps. For me, I've had those "Holy $hit" moments with certain cables and these, Transparent are typically the ones that will give you that when comparing to others that aren't so good. I've literally freaked out at how much different things sound, despite what others might tell you. I've read other reviews by other people I don't know that have the same reaction. With the cheapest Transparent interconnect on a cheap pair of powered speakers, it was a "holy $hit" experience. I wasn't expecting as big of a change then what I heard. And that's with their cheapest interconnects. It's just their cables are designed to do this and with every jump, you get another level of detail. I hope to be able to listen to the MIT top of the line speaker cables and interconnects on a familiar system as compared to what I have. Personally, if you have a dealer with these cables, it's probably worthwhile just to check em out and first listen to lower end cables first to hear what difference you might hear. It's not every day you get to listen to $50K speaker cables. I think it would be at least a memorable experience to compare against the more affordable models just to see what difference you hear.