Originally Posted by ekolite
Wow. Thought I would try to revive this ancient thread,
Some things die for a reason.
A lot of haters on this post about power cable hype.
Umm... you say Hate is an irrational emotion, so are you saying that all of who have reservations about the anti-science that is commonly used to hype these products are irrational?
You must also believe that interconnects and speaker wire quality make no difference?
Does that mean that you don't see the obvious differences between power cords which compose a tiny fraction of the line from the source to the load, and speaker cables and interconnects which compose the entire line from the source to the load?
There are major differences in power cables that justify why they are called the final touch in your audio system and also one of the most important.
There are differences among power cables, but there are differences among different examples of just about everything. Does your comment indicate that you believe that all differences are audible? Are you saying that you can hear differences between light purple power cables and dark purple power cables?
I don't think so many cable manufacturers would still be making a business selling just hype with no benefits for this long for little reason.
So, are you saying that the fact that commerce exists, is proof that the product involved is valid? Doesn't this deny the long history of say, the exposure and prosecution of medical quacks?
I agree that there some very overpriced power cords compared to others. For instance the LAT International AC-2 (not MK-II) has outperformed any power cable I have ever heard. Even ones that I have heard at twice the price in crazy ways, but that may be with the systems I have owned. Primarily Two channel Tube and Solid State systems with near full-range studio monitors. And it may be that my ears happen to like it more.
What color are these cables? I have found that since I like purple, in my opinion purple power cables outperform all other power cables when it comes to being my favorite color.
Just like some people prefer brands of anything.. beer.. cigarettes..
The essence of the controversy over power cables is that they don't make an audible difference. Why do you compare them to things like beer and cigarettes, which are well-known to very often taste different?
Is it a coincidence that your examples are things that many people consider to be vices?
don't forget the judgement of one's own ear!
Glad you brought that up. Isn't it true that there are no known instances of people actually reliably determining an audible difference among power cables given that they meet certain very basic requirements like being long enough to stretch the distance, and also able to carry the required power safely and in accordance with safety laws? If that's true then doesn't that show that the judgement of just the ears (no sight or other means of determining differences used) is that there is no difference?
Cables can be good fun if you are willing to spend the money on them.
Only if you think that spending money on audio gear with no known audible benefits is *fun*. I admit it. I still count my change when I leave the checkout counter. ;-)
Some people would buy a 4-wheeler and run the **** out of it and make it last about 2 years at most while you could spend the same money on some speakers that would give you great listening pleasure for 20 years.
Actually, if I don't waste money on megabuck speaker cables like you suggest, I can do both - have a great stereo and also the 4-wheeler.
I guess I just don't understand the logic in hating on something you don't understand and especially something like power cables.
That would appear to be a claim that everybody who has reservations about the pseudo science that is used to sell power cables is in fact ignorant.
Are you trying to make friends or enemies?