Originally Posted by Alembic4me
But an enormous amount of testing, listening, theory, re-testing, listening, etc, that is very costly...a LOT of money goes to find and make improvements in higher end cables and gear, and they may be marginal rather than revelatory. It doesn't mean that they don't exist...it means that your associated equipment, room design...even your ears may not be able discern much difference
My suggestion for the gentleman looking for an amp....buy a GREAT one. Your speakers deserve it.
1st, as already asked, name us one actual study that has proven a difference in cable sound. The Audio Critic and many others have already proven that cables are cables and the only thing that matters about them is the quality of the connectors and the size of the cable.
And if people cannot even discern the difference, why care?
And as far as a GREAT amp, can you name me just one amp that has better measurement than the Mark Levinson No. 532? I've looked at amps on Stereophile costing over $20,000 and none of them have a better noise floor than the ML532.
Did you know that ATI makes amps for over half a dozen companies including Mark Levinson, Lexicon, JBL, Cary, Theta, B&K?
Did you know that Kevin Voecks, the chief designer of the Revel Salon2, recommended the ATI amp to one of the magazines when they reviewed the Salon2?
Do you know something that the chief designer of Revel Salon2 does not know? Like ATI amps, which are essentially Mark Levinson and Lexicon amps, are only OKAY for Home Theater, but NOT great for music?
Now, sure, there is nothing wrong with cool amps and even believing they sound differently. Just realize the difference is insignificant compared to the difference speakers, rooms, and placements make.
But don't even try to tell us about how $2000, $5000, $ 10,000 cables can improve the sound. Don't even go there. Edited by AcuDefTechGuy - 8/20/12 at 7:19pm