Originally Posted by MrAcoustat There are the believer's and there are the non believers, i belong to the first group BUT to a certain point, NO not all cables sound the same, but there is a limit on how much i am willing to pay, if you have been around for a while you know how it work's in audio stores they make MOST of their money on accessories and the most lucrative is CABLES it's 500% MINIMUM no i'm not kidding it's that much i buy good cables i don't exagerate and i always buy USED last cable i bought was a 10 foot pair of Tara Labs Temporal Continuum speaker cables they have been discontinued for a very long time RETAIL price in the 90s was about $2,500.00 for the pair bought them used shipped to Canada from Italy paid $550.00 shipping included yes these cables are over 20 years old BUT the only thing that as changed is the PRICE it is still after more than 20 years one great cable FOR ME you should not spend more than 15% of the amount of your system for ALL your cables but that is only MY opinion take it or leave it IT'S YOUR MONEY.
I don't want to sound like an ******* but my jaw dropped when you wrote $550 after saying you have a limit.
I'm certainly no expert on this subject however my brother used to work for an electronics store and they sold the "high-end" insanely overpriced cables for those gullible enough. Luckily few actually were so they gave a bunch of this stuff away at a staff party after sitting on the shelf for a couple of years.
My brother won a HDMI cable (RRP $999) RCA cable (RRP $499) and some pre-cut speaker wire with spades on the ends (RRP $279 per 2.5 metre long cable) amongst some other stuff that was actually useful. Anyway he gave them all to me since he had zero use for them and knew I was big into home theatre. At the time I didn't know anything about cables apart from the basics so I was pretty excited to have some really high end stuff in my system.
You should have seen my face when I hooked everything up, I was like a kid who'd just been told santa doesn't exist. Here I was thinking they would be a noticeable improvement over my bargain bin spool of speaker wire, $20 sub cable and HDMI cable that came bundled with my PS3 yet there was no difference at all. AT ALL. Sure they were built to withstand a nuclear explosion and looked beautiful (even though you could barely see them) but all together they cost more than my entire speaker setup at the time!
I do feel sorry for people that get sucked into this pseudo-science. However I have no sympathy for those who actually believe these cables are making a difference, especially to the extreme amounts some describe.