Originally Posted by theblackangus
It would be fun to do an in depth test to see where my ears cant hear vs others.
Yeah a meetup to see what people can hear or cant would be interesting, sort of a way to help others train their ears so to speak to listen more critically.
Originally Posted by Draden1
Best place to try it is your own system. You’re more familiar with the sound in your space than anyone so any difference to be heard, or not heard, would be noticed. This stuff is subtle, so if you don’t listen critically already, or even have a centered seat to maximize imaging, you may not notice anything.
The gear used makes a difference too, some is more adept at letting these differences through, especially amps. I always felt my Emotiva was well suited for critical 2 channel, it’s fine. I enjoyed music with it but when I got a different stereo amp, I didn’t realize what I was missing. Two things were immediately apparent, vocals sounded more in the room and pianos were sweeter, easier to hear the different keys. This made me a believer in better gear, and once I felt good with my gear in the stereo chain, I decided to get into cables. Now the subtleties that different cables bring was more easily brought to the front. That’s my experience anyways.
Only way to tell if they do anything for you is to try them in your own space. Most, if not all cable manufacturers I looked at offer an in home trial of 30 - 60 days. I would have no desire to swap out cables as to do a demo, limited space in my gear closet makes this a big pita.
Originally Posted by Draden1
But there’s the rub, I can only speak to my experiences with my setup. I can’t definitively say what different cables would do in your current system. Only way to know is to try.
I do agree, with different rooms, gear, source material, and ones own ears its sure to be different and everyone's mileage may vary which is to be expected but like you said once you realized what you were missing you became a believer. For myself i cant get that obviously unless i go out and spend money to do the experiment and for me usually I like to experience some of these things at shows, gatherings, meetups or whatever have you and that is usually what does it for me to start spending some money. Many of us here have already done these types of experiments and upgrades and have heard the differences in our own systems but for others i thought it would be a neat idea of a small meetup to say here's the difference i heard going from this to this, can you also hear it or try and point that stuff out if its not immediately apparent. But i understand something like that kind of demo or meetup isn't always feasible to do in our homes as lack of space, time or any other factors at hand.
As an example sometimes i've needed things pointed out to me by someone else for some small detail in a photo or a room with a design and then once it gets pointed out to me i can always see it, granted this is more of a visual example than an auditory example but the same principal applies. Its enjoyable to learn something new you might not have noticed before which might not always be apparent unless it gets pointed out. Also, personally and overall, i enjoy just listening to other peoples gear as it exposes me to new music, different environments, sounds, and gathers inspiration in different ways.
This weekend i plan to go grab some homemade speaker cables to test in my own system as well as a friends system who made said cables so ill be curious if i can hear the difference in both his system and mine.