Originally Posted by schticker
Because they're engineers, and overpriced = anything above free.
That's not the way engineers think - certainly not in the professional recording arena. Engineers select components to meet a spec, then find the lowest-price source for those components.
If you need a 75-Ohm cable that falls under a maximum capacitance/foot, a maximum resistance/foot, and a maximum db insertion loss, you spec it, source it, and install it. Cost is the manager's problem.
Plus, in the workplace, there is little need to juice the system with "audio jewelry" that enhances pride of ownership like it could in the home.
Exactly. Looks & 'panache' do nothing for the sound or performance, so there is no value added by these qualities. Only the sound matters.
Plus, there is much to be said about whether the expensive production gear could or could not reproduce signals to the preference of the listener, which at the end of the day is really all that matters.
Huh????? It is part of the system that creates the recording we spend so much time trying to reproduce, and is designed and operated by people who in general (yes, there are exceptions) know and hear a heck of a lot more than even most serious 'audiophiles'. Even an average full-time recording engineer can immediately tell if he has a problem with a source or cable, and he won't put up with it.
We're talking about a guy who will spend a day or more to set up and place mics for a simple drum kit in order to get the sound exactly right. Are you seriously suggesting that he will select crappy cables because he doesn't know better, or because a good one would cost too much? Do you know the price of studio time vs. the cost of cables?
(In fairness, live sound reinforcement guys may focus on reliability more than sound quality. I'm referring to recording applications.)