Originally Posted by tinhvo
Do you have anyone with you? wife, gf, friends, etc.
Ask them to blindfold you and then switching speakers.
Choose the one that you think it sounds best to your ears and go with it.
So here is how my particular evaluation unfolded.
The KK cables came from a local audio shop that specializes in premium audio gear. They could only loan the cables out to me for 2 days because that was their policy.
The BJC cables came from Amazon since that is the easiest and cheapest way to get a hold of them.
I couldn't time the delivery of the BJC cables to coincide with the KK cable evaluation. I suppose I could pester the local shop that sells the KK cables but in the end, I didn't want to bother them with a cable that I likely wouldn't purchase due to the sheer cost of them.
How we tested the KK cables.
When I was evaluating the KK cable I had a buddy come over and I didn't tell him anything about what I was doing. I simply said, sit down and have a listen. His evaluation was exactly like mine. The KK cables made the soundstage bigger and more detailed and he described using the same exact words as mine - a veil has been lifted from the sound. Plain old amazon basics cable sounded good but the KK DEFINITELY had an improvement in the highs and midranges. It was dramatic enough that I wasn't fully convinced so I brought my spouse down and did the same thing and she said yes, whatever I did open up the soundstage and it had more presence. Being a cable skeptic for my entire life that I was SHOCKED that not just me but 2 others that didn't even know what I was doing behind the AV rack drew the same observations. Admitted, I was only running 16 gauge cable whereas the KK 8VS cables were likely more like around 12 gauge equivalent. Was amazed by the results but it was more money ($500) than I wanted to spend.
How I tested the BJC cables.
Nothing special here... it was me simply doing A/B testing on my own. The highs were absolutely for sure more airy and detailed but the midrange and bass were much more difficult to discern the differences. The BJC cable was well constructed and I liked the locking banana plugs and the price was more reasonable at $110/cable. That being said there WAS an improvement but I couldn't test against KK cable since I returned it to the store already. My brain tells me to go with KK cables BUT that is likely the "confirmation bias" working against me. I refuse to cave into the belief that "pricier is better". I defintely know that expensive doesn't translate to good...
I'm asking for other's comparisons since my testing was hardly scientific and I couldn't directly compare KK against BJC (due to the timing of the delivery of the BJC cables). I don't like bothering the shops for evaluation pieces a 2nd time when I know that I likely won't be forking out the hefty price tag the cables demand. I can't help but wonder how many others have done similar tests to report back similar findings.
I never thought in my life that cables would make a difference but strangely they did, there is NO denying that there is an improvement but whether that improvement is worth $100's of my hard earned dollars is debatable.
This is definitely a controversial topic at best. Some will agree and many will disagree that cables impact sound.