I watched a min documentary about Metallica and they wanted a new sound system for a world tour. They got with their supplier and they designed a new system that was never seen before. The TM Array system cost a few coins, to the tune of over 10 million dollars--because it costs what it costs in the professional sound world. They showed the system in great detail and it was very interesting to see all that technology and the group of people that monitored and calibrated the system. Grand total of any audiophile brands was zero, not a single one. Granted, it is pro gear designed by a bunch of electrical, mechanical and acoustical engineers but there was NO special cables in the entire system. It was copper cable, shielding and wire looms--nothing special and was the same type I used back in my PA system days.
Rest assured every aspect of that system was optimised to perform the best it could and no expense was spared. The "magic" was the speaker design, the processors, testing, calibration and montoring of the system--complete with computer screens to monitor every signal, every amplifer channel complete with test microphones to give results in real time. The concept was it cost what it costs and with performance being the goal, an odd million or two would not be an issue. No special cables, no special power cords, no audiophile gear or concepts in any way in the entire system. Very interesting to see the system and listen to how they described the system, no audiophile jibber-jabber words that mean nothing. Words like accurate, smooth frequency response, correct dispersion, even bass response and all those boring terms that can be measured, tested, adjusted and calibrated with way, way more abilities than any sound system I've ever seen.
This same concept applies to all other fields where electronics and electrical devices are used be it medical systems, server backbones, huge power production plants, aviation to military research facilities--if you see something different there, it has a specific reason and is specifically designed for it's use.
However, only in consumer audio does such wires exist. Makes me wonder how come just in consumer audio you have such things? A person purchased a power cord just for consumer audio that is claimed to do amazing things but I find it odd that nothing else in the world uses such cords. These cords or cables are not offered by the world largest audio companies, not even thought of in computer systems, I've never seen one at a hospital or any engineering or research facility. The only place they exist is in consumer audio, they are not used in professional sound systems even the ones that exceed 10 million dollars.
I'm not saying you should learn ohm's law, retake Phsics II, learn electronics or become an EE--this is just audio signals and it is a very mature technology and has been for decades and well into the last century. I was reading about how they detect ripples in space time with the LIGO arrays, they can measure movement down to about a tenth of the width of an electron--impressive! According to the audio press, electricity and signals are not fully understood yet--but electricity is movement of electrons sooooo..... believe the audio press! Logic ditctates this might not be the case. In comparison to video, to quantum computers and massive arrays used in astonomy and astro-physics, the audio signal is a joke, a well understood waveform from way back in the day. And yet, some people believe that audio gear is leading edge---not on the conumser side, not for decades has audio been close to leading technology forward. The stuff we can purchase that has any leading edge tech in it is thanks to the telecom industry and so forth. But yet, some people still believe in speaker wire, RCA cables, power cords and that sort of thing as being leading edge or vast room for improvement.
Just something to think about, how come only consumer audio is blessed with state-of-the-art cables? Maybe once AI improves to a certain level the worlds engineers, scientists and research facilities will trust the quantum computer running AI when it states that the worlds billions of electrical devices could all be vastly improved by using Nordost, Audio Quest or PS Audio gear--but I am not holding my breath. Of course, the audiophile wire market might of caused a curiousity with all other tech retlated fields and they might of tested them to see if it matters. I've heard rumors spoken in quiet tones that engineers actually did such a thing many years ago. I'd say, when looking at everything else in the world they found the audiophile cable lacking which would explain why I've never seen any of it used in critical electronic systems.
In summation, why does it do something for consumer audio but does nothing for everything else in the world? Now that is any interesting question! For me, I had my answer years ago (I tested the cables) learned the game then pressed on. My cables are the same 12 AWG copper professional cables that I used in my PA days. They are thick, heavy jackets, nylon rope inside to protect the cables from damage when run over by trucks for outside use--but they work very well even for simple consumer audio. Nothing wrong with overkill but I don't recommend using professional cables in the home--rather large, hard to hide the things and won't win for impressing women. The rather high cost of them has to do with the bomb-proof consstruction, the durable connectors on each end (cut off and replaced with bananas) They do look cool to teenagers though!
No point in posting this to the true believers--they don't believe in sound engineers, electrical engineers and the like--it is just for those that really want to know if this stuff has actually been tested. Enjoy the read and have a good weekend!