Which is what this forum is turning into--a dealer/audiophile bashing forum.
Oh, what nonsense. I mean, if "bashing" means offering evidence that contradicts your prideful claim about audiophile confidence, then I guess I'll have to live with that. But I frankly reject that definition, because I reject the notion that audiophilia ought to be defined by the attraction among some of its adherents to baseless tweaks and exotic components. Strip that away, and it still leaves plenty of ways to sink boatloads of money into audio components, listening rooms, and media; plenty of genuine variables for audiophiles to tweak to create the best-sounding room and system.
As for this test in particular I think it is clear, if you actually read my contribution to this thread, that I've been measured in my response to it. I haven't run for the hills shouting "see! all cables sound alike!", and have challenged suggestions to that effect. The reason I point out this issue of confidence is precisely because it is one of the few pieces of information the experiment provides; and certainly the most compelling one.
I certainly hope that new experiments take place which increase
the chances that Mike L. can hear any differences that may exist. But so far, one piece of clear information has been obtained: that what Mike thought he heard was not, in fact, what he heard.
It shocks no one that you said that.
I sure hope not! It is, after all, what the evidence calls for.