You guys have been relentless on this thread and some of the civilized skeptics (and there are some here), can even make cable believers say "what if I'm wrong, what a waste" and I then would feel very foolish.
There is nothing wrong with both sides causing the other to raise an eyebrow or raise a bit of doubt from time to time. That is why we are here, to debate both sides. Can't say the same for those who seem devoid of social skills and use the forum to vent aggresion. Is life that bad? Their lack of respect for others who disagree with them is astounding, and one wonders if they treat people like this in the real world. I have been insulted terribly by 2 or 3 members and that was unjustified and unnecessary. Nonetheless, the skeptics who respect all members are far more effective at getting their point across than the high school like tirades that I have been the focus of.
So, as a result of "some" of the posters, I decided to listen to 4 different xlr cables to the main lfe sub and do a non blind then blind test. One small awg copper stranded Mogami pro-cable, a second large awg stranded JPS cable with alumiloy called Super Q, a third even larger awg JPS called Superconductor 3 with solid core alumiloy, and a much smaller awg stranded copper/silver xlr with zero capacitance active shielding from Synergistic Research. The shield carries a DC current, with a buffer circuit between shield and ground and separate conductors carrying the ground signal, this creates closed circuit.
First round I listened to each cable extensively and took detailed notes. First xlr Mogami: did a fair job at impact, but detail was down and extension was only fair. Certainly a cable that can get you by. The second cable: impact increased by a fair amount and detail and extension were up. Third xlr: impact was up significantly and detail was silmilar, but maybe up a bit from xlr #2. This cable had the best extension, especially at the very bottom end. Fourth: xlr had the impact of xlr #1 (the least), but with much better detail and sound stage than the Mogami. Not here to pick the one I preferred because it is personal preference and seems very sub dependent. The point being they all had unique characteristics.
The next day, I called my brother in for a blind test. He has been into this hobby for over 20 years. He has a dedicated theater but not ultra high end by any means. He knows my system well and has watched many movies in it. His cables are not exotic. He has a good ear and eye, I guess it runs in the family.
When he arrived, I had previously put all xlrs behind the sub and Lexicon so he couldn't see which one was connected or changed out. I then played demo material for each xlr. He knows this demo material very well, which I feel is very important for accurate comparisons. He took notes and also discussed his impressions as I swapped out the xlrs. I remained silent and emotionless, but listened to his observations.
At the end we compared and discussed the results in great detail. His results were not only extremely similar to my notes and thoughts, but were almost dead on. What are the odds of this? How could a placebo be at work? The statistics of his notes matching my notes randomly are extremely remote. Not only are his conclusions the same, but he has convinced me that what I thought I heard, the other night, I actually heard. So this was very reassuring for me and I don't feel that I have been scammed by anyone.
Some of you will say that I'm lying and that this test never happened. All I can say is that if you knew me personally and knew my character, you would not question that I'm telling you what really happened. For the purpose of this thread and for argument sake, I encourage posters to assume it happened so we may discuss and try to explain how on this (spherical) earth this could be a placebo? If you merely say "you can't prove it happened" then this posts serves no public purpose, but is still very relevant to me and my brother (which is most important anyway). It is easy to say I am lying, but the facts are it happened. I love this hobby too much to post fictitious test info and if I did, it would be as equally unfulfilling for me as it would be for the readers here.
I have to admit with bass I thought the xlrs would, for the most part, all blend together, but not only is the bass produced distinct with each xlr, the different type/quality of bass has an indirect effect on all ranges of sound. I can only theorise that very high quality bass allows the listener to hear the other ranges of sound better because of less distortion in the low end. Hence, muddy bass clouds the listener from hearing extreme quality of mid and high frequency sound, that has always been there in the first place. Thoughts?
I really hope the skeptics are auditioning interconnects and power cords for themselves, so they can confirm/make their own conclusions.
I commend Gizmologist for his efforts to create the swiching box and the subsequent tests to be conducted. I would recommend that the tested cables be at the opposite ends of the spectrum cables, from your typical low priced line to the high end with different, geometries, type of shields and metals, ie alumiloy, copper, silver, silver plated copper, and gold plated copper (which has a very unique sound...super smooth and warm but at the expense of sound stage and detail). Don't like gold in my system, but it was easy to hear the difference between it and other cables. I hope the system it is tested on is of high resolution and that the room is treated well for acoustics. I hope the testers also have open minds and respect both sides. Looking forward to the results, one way or the other.