Originally Posted by A9X-308
The only difference between silver and copper is about 6% in resistivity. Any perceived tonal differences because of that are solely in the imagination of the listener.
Interesting how the two camps persist.
Way back in the day I pinched my pennies to upgrade from a Marantz 1030 integrated amp to a bright shiny Kenwood. The Marantz had average specs for the day, but the Kenwood -- latest design, THD two orders of magnitude better, S/N ratio blew the Marantz out of the water. A better machine by every published number. When the Kenwood arrived mail order from Dixie HiFi I couldn't believe my good fortune. It was a masterpiece of brushed aluminum, big volume knob, lots of switches and adjustments -- a wonder to behold. And I already had the specs --
Then I hooked it up. Gone was the embracing midrange, the subtle nuances of the violins and I had to deal with a collapse of the orchestral soundstage. It sounded dry, lifeless. Totally unsatisfying.
Undaunted I fiddled with the myriad knobs (most lacking on the Marantz), boosted the midrange, toyed with speaker placement.
Then the dark truth became unavoidable -- better specs do not make better sound. I had wasted my treasure on a shiny beast with excellent numbers and no soul, and I hated it.
From that day on I quit looking a spec sheets. I shop by taking a sheath of my favorite albums and sitting and listening and am better for it.
This argument reminds me of my profession, medicine. I've worked with fellow docs who when faced with patients who are racked with fever, shocky, in every measure septic -- if the cultures
come back negative they will not give antibiotic. Crazy isn't it? And some of these are bright docs - double board certified, Cleveland Clinic trained. But they deny what they can see, hear and feel
in favor of a test that when the autopsy report hits the chart turns out to be tragically wrong. I don't let these guys take care of any of my patients and certainly not my family. At least the ones I like.
A9X-308, try using 'perception' instead of 'imagination' and I'll agree with you. My advice (you didn't ask for it so I wouldn't expect you to take it) is to be less jaded and listen. Leave the spec sheets in the box where they belong. If you can't hear a difference, don't buy it. Like those of us who appreciate fine wine, don't think less of those who can taste the difference between a $5 cab and a $500 dollar one. It is easy to pronounce them equal by stating that they both are 750ml and 12% alcohol. Any room for nuance and perception there? I don't suppose so, at least to some.
The bright side is that it leaves more for me. Cheers!