Originally Posted by MSchott
I say ignore the flotsam and jetsam on this forum. Only you can decide if one sounds better than the other. Most cable companies or their distributors will allow you to audition them in your home.
One of the main values of a forum like this is an exchange of information, where if you wonder "is this worth the money? Is this snake oil?" you can get feedback from some knowledgeable people who aren't trying to sell you something.
And one can even learn that "only you can decide if one sounds better than the other" is, itself, not necessarily good advice....IF you really care about what's going on.
IF you follow a purely subjective paradigm, then yes only "you" can decide on your experience what you like.
You may take two different expensive AC cables, try them, and find you "one sounds better than the other."
If that is your only paradigm, then it's very likely you'll hear a difference. Personally, I can't help notice that every pseudo-scientific claim under the sun has been "verified" by exactly that same method.
But if you are more inclined, as some here are, to wonder further than that...but does it REALLY change the sound?
Then you can find out how easily our subjective impressions can be swayed by various biases, and how much more probable it is that sighted bias is the explanation than the very dubious technical claims made by many purveyors of expensive AC cables.
That way someone can make an even more informed decision. Even if the bulk of the info suggests a bias effect is the more likely explanation for what you "hear," you can always decide to pay for the experience of a bias effect...or not.
(I had some expensive shunyata cables to test once, thought I was hearing a distinct difference over my stock power cable, but decided to "really" trust my ears and have a friend blind test them against the stock power cables. Turned out once I didn't know which cable was in the system, those "obvious" sonic differences weren't there to tell between them. I took that as educational and saved a lot of money by sticking with the stock power cable).