Originally Posted by gregzoll
Power cables can change the tone or soundwave, or the soundfield.
In which alternative universe? Or are you saying that if we unplug them, the sound goes away,and that's a change to the soundfield?
As for speaker or patch cables, there has been an argument there on cheap which is known to be exactly that, and really expensive, which is really that, but in the middle, you have good quality, good cost for the buy, which work just as good as those overpriced expensive cables.
There is for all intents and purposes no correlation between cost and sound quality, unless you consider 24 gauge speaker cable and less extreme stuff to be part of this discussion.
Now of course, for HDMI cables, it has been shown, that the really expensive cables are no different, than the lower priced ones, with the exception that you spent more than you should have on it.
Phew, got one right!
A few years back, a city did a test with their water and the public. They took a bottle from one of the expensive brands, bottled their water in it, and had people compare it to a like brand. People perceived that the city water was better than the other brand, all because they saw the label on the bottle. A person's brain will do a lot to make you believe something, when it is actually not always true.
It turns out that much of the bottled water that is sold around here (SE MI) is labelled as coming from the local regional water supply. It may be deionized and reloaded with selected minerals, or it may just be filtered.
I think that most use of bottled water around here is for sake of convenience and for dealing with ancient pipes in old buildings that have not be properly maintained.