CABLE TALK??

After all these years, why is it that cable talk has to go south? not so much here lately but other audio talk that may be on Facebook or what have you that I might get my read on. it baffles me how many people are bothered how others spend or don't spend their money..

This is in no way to stir the pot here about it, I was just doing some reading and there must be 50 haters on high end cable, and they get ugly like it used to here..

I just don't get all the energy and hatred when there is talk about cables, it sure seems to be worse than talking about religion or politics...
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  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 6,521
    edited January 3
    It’s a few things.

    People don’t find the value in paying a premium for wire.

    People don’t bother to try premium wire.

    People aren’t open to challenging their preconceived notions.

    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Torus RM15 -> Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature) -> new speakers
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> Focal Kanta 2

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: BW PM1 (3.5/5), CM10s2 (3.75/5), BW800D3 (5/5), Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 4,219
    edited January 3
    Fine discrimination takes time, effort, and money to develop, whether that be food, wine, music, art, anything involving sense perception. Tony has it right, most of us don’t have the time or money to really develop fine discrimination. And yes, social media just means everyone’s a critic, even when they have never even tried to develop their palates.
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,089
    Joey_V wrote: »
    It’s a few things.

    People don’t find the value in paying a premium for wire.

    People don’t bother to try premium wire.

    People aren’t open to challenging their preconceived notions.

    LOL...YA know, it wasn't long ago you were one of those people. Glad you finally saw the light. :)
    HT SYSTEM-
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    Tad 803 bookies
    Polk 500 surrounds
    Polk s35 center
    SVS SB-2000
    Sonos

    Music-

    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k 1403 amp
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    ERA D5 bookies

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 6,521
    tonyb wrote: »
    Joey_V wrote: »
    It’s a few things.

    People don’t find the value in paying a premium for wire.

    People don’t bother to try premium wire.

    People aren’t open to challenging their preconceived notions.

    LOL...YA know, it wasn't long ago you were one of those people. Glad you finally saw the light. :)

    I know... but I’m happy I saw the light. I was really really REALLY anti-cables.

    Now I caress my AQ Wels.
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Torus RM15 -> Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature) -> new speakers
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> Focal Kanta 2

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: BW PM1 (3.5/5), CM10s2 (3.75/5), BW800D3 (5/5), Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,089
    Joey_V wrote: »
    tonyb wrote: »
    Joey_V wrote: »
    It’s a few things.

    People don’t find the value in paying a premium for wire.

    People don’t bother to try premium wire.

    People aren’t open to challenging their preconceived notions.

    LOL...YA know, it wasn't long ago you were one of those people. Glad you finally saw the light. :)

    I know... but I’m happy I saw the light. I was really really REALLY anti-cables.

    Now I caress my AQ Wels.

    I would too if I could afford them. Though now that you said that, should you ever offer them up for sale, please state you totally disinfected them. ;)
    HT SYSTEM-
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    Tad 803 bookies
    Polk 500 surrounds
    Polk s35 center
    SVS SB-2000
    Sonos

    Music-

    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k 1403 amp
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    ERA D5 bookies

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable
  • tonyp063tonyp063 Posts: 336
    I think what bothers me the most is the unwillingness of some to even open their minds to the fact that their preconceived notions might just be incorrect.
    But then, I generally abhor willful ignorance.

    This doesn't just apply to cables, but that's flame-war fuel for a different forum.

    Will I be able to afford AQ Wels? Never. But that doesn't prevent me from *learning* about them; why some like them; what they may offer, etc.

    That way, when I have a purchase decision to make I can have some intelligent questions to ask and an understanding of the basic concepts around what better cables may, or may not offer *me*.
    Then I can effectively narrow purchase decisions based upon my known tastes & garnered knowledge.

    "A closed mind has no room for an original thought"

    Indeed, that brush can broadly paint most audio choices.

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,595
    The MIT shotgun speaker and IC cable demo that was on the forum several years ago was pretty eye opening regarding what higher end cables can bring to the table.
    Got Dayens?
  • Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 13,648
    It would be nice to have a thread where we could just talk cables/wire without the drama.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,089
    Clipdat wrote: »
    The MIT shotgun speaker and IC cable demo that was on the forum several years ago was pretty eye opening regarding what higher end cables can bring to the table.

    Good point, and we had to drag people to participate in it. Many had no interest, so it became a matter of....those that don't know, don't know.

    We like to say hearing is believing, or not believing, depending. Point is and always was....ya have to try things for yourself before passing judgements.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    Tad 803 bookies
    Polk 500 surrounds
    Polk s35 center
    SVS SB-2000
    Sonos

    Music-

    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k 1403 amp
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    ERA D5 bookies

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,666
    edited January 3
    I have trouble with pseudo-science (more to the point, pseudo-physics). Some nugget of actual physics will be used as a jumping off point for -- imaginative nonsense.

    Spoiler alert: the internet is full of such things! (gasp?!) There's like perpetual
    motion machines
    and free energy and other such doo-doo out there.

    Now, I am not saying that the geometry, materials of construction, etc. cannot matter when it comes to cabling. They certainly can. Heck, they do. I am also not saying that different cables cannot alter the sound of a hifi system. They can (and do).

    but...

    It's when just some of the crazy theory that sounds technical and scientific (but is actually just drivel) gets associated with some of the designs -- presumably in the service of marketing. That gets my goat. :#

    To me, the perversion of genuine scientific principles and knowledge in service of pseudo-science is a big issue nowadays... but that's another matter entirely. :|


    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,211
    Anyone with some knowledge of electronics should understand that wire is a component, just like a resistor, inductor, transistor, etc; and is subject to having an effect on the signal. The question is, how significant?
    Transport: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD | Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2L | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Signal Cable XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
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    Polk SDA 1C
    Polk CS350 LS x2
    Polk m5jr
    Kimber 8TC
    Sony 55" Bravia
    Wish list SVS sub

  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,349
    edited January 3
    I think the mods should start such a thread, or sticky it, with warnings that it's for open, intelligent discussion and blatant trolling will get you shunned , or, suspended for x amount of time. I typically avoid such discussions due to the inevitable angry troll that wants to opine after trying 2 entry level cables/wires and noticing no difference on his/her entry level theater-in-a-box system. Would love a place to discuss what and how a product affects my system, as well as what others have found.

    I recently was in need of a set of interconnects after getting back in to vinyl. Wasn't sure if I wanted to pour a ton of money in to it (TOO LATE!) so I was looking for a pre-owned set for reasonable coin. I picked up a set of Silnote Morpheus and was surprised at what I found. They performed equally as well as the Wireworld Silver Eclipse. Price on the secondary market when you can find them, is very accessible.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,254
    Without having read the whole thread, I will respond with one word (with an explanation):

    Jealousy.

    Jealousy that others can spend money on cables that some may not be able to afford. Jealousy that others can hear what some can not. Jealousy that because of the the two reasons, people actually do spend more on higher end cables for the above two reasons.

    That's my take on it.
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    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion." :\

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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,518
    I find in many areas of this hobby that the issues lie in theory vs reality. While something should work like X, the truth is there is more we don't fully understand that actually make it work like Y. Eventually we will understand these things at a deeper level but until then, it takes an open mind to experiment. It also takes an open mind to realize that if you can't hear a difference, it could simply be the system isn't revealing it to you. It doesn't mean you have a poor system, just that the new component isn't fully realized for whatever reason.

    I have faithfully endorsed and will continue to endorse Wireworld because they aren't system dependent. They use scientific approaches paired with scopes to build a better cable. Their cables sound good in every system I've tried thus far. A specific cable from them in general might not be the best fit for your system overall, but it's going to get you close.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 9,463
    Skip......you make trolling these threads a task for me.
    DSkip wrote: »
    I find in many areas of this hobby that the issues lie in theory vs reality. While something should work like X, the truth is there is more we don't fully understand that actually make it work like Y. Eventually we will understand these things at a deeper level but until then, it takes an open mind to experiment. It also takes an open mind to realize that if you can't hear a difference, it could simply be the system isn't revealing it to you. It doesn't mean you have a poor system, just that the new component isn't fully realized for whatever reason.

    I have faithfully endorsed and will continue to endorse Wireworld because they aren't system dependent. They use scientific approaches paired with scopes to build a better cable. Their cables sound good in every system I've tried thus far. A specific cable from them in general might not be the best fit for your system overall, but it's going to get you close.

  • machonemachone Posts: 935
    I recently upgraded all of the power cords in the digital half of my system but did not bring it up because there seems to be either very little interest or controversy.
    Mojo Audio Joule v5>>Quantum Byte w/JRiver 21 and Fidelizer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Marantz SA 8005>> Equinox 7>>
    ModWright SWL 9.0 SE Signature >>Equinox 7>>
    Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts PA-6 Elite Mod) >>Belden 5000 10 ga cables>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modified)...SDA-1A (Fully Modified with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
    1KVA Dreadnought
    Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable - Shure SC35C/N35X - V15III/VN35HE
    Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570

    Separate subpanel with four dedicated 20 amp circuits.
    1. Amplification 2. Analog 3. Digital 4. Video

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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 4,390
    I like cables, whatever would I do without them? Now that I am getting back to normal I can evaluate my latest cable purchases. My listening chair has been cold for a while, but then I am still stuck in this bad room for 28 months and 27 days.
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    Dungeon: Dancer Mini-Two Diamond*Auralic Aries Mini*Dayens Ampino Preamp*Dayens Ampino Monoblocks*North Star Intenso DAC*Wireworld Oasis cables*Wireworld Oasis IC's*Wireworld Aurora power cables*IFI nano IDSD bl*Pangea Silver USB*Cambridge CXU*

    Panamax MR5100*Panamax M8-AV-PRO*Furman PST-2+6

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    Meh these were extra $70 as an open box item so it didn’t much to me either way:)

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,666
    I was listening to used, 70-ish year-old 2A3s tonight... and my, oh, my did they sound fine.
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 9,961
    I think my next audio purchase will be the new TOTL Shunyata Sigma speaker cables. Then we can some cable talk. All I can say now is that better cables have made a tremendous improvement in my system. When you find something that works then stick with it.
    Bud - Silicon Valley

    Lumin S1
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-22 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon QR on source, Denali 2000 (2) on amps
    Shunyata Sigma XLR analog ICs, Sigma speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 9,463
    Oi! Victor fargin nailed it...m
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 6,165
    edited January 3
    Im using MIT's, Wireworld. Audioquests, and Signal Cables, all with good results. Do not knock it till you try it.
    Home Theater
    Parasound Halo A 31 OnkyoTX-NR838 Sony XBR55X850B 55" 4K RtiA9 Fronts CsiA6 Center RtiA3 Rears FxiA6 Side Surrounds Dual Psw 111's Oppo 105D Signal Ultra Speaker Cables & IC's Signal Magic Power Cable Technics SL Q300 Panamax MR4300 Audioquest Chocolate HDMI Cables Audioquest Forest USB Cable

    2 Channel
    Adcom 555II Vincent SA-T1 Marantz SA 15S2 Denon DR-M11 Clearaudio Bluemotion SDA 2.3tl's (Z) edition MIT Terminator II Speaker Cables & IC's Adcom 545II Adcom Gtp-450 Marantz CD5004 Technics M245X SDA 2B's, SDA CRS+

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    Shower & Off the beaten path Rigs
    Polk Audio Boom Swimmer, Polk Audio Urchin B)
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,349
    As steveinaz pointed out, cables are another component in the system. Different wire, different metals, different insulators will all do something unique to the sound. Some will have more pronounced effects in different systems as they will react differently to the components upstream. It's reasonable to assume that there may be little gain recognized by placing a higher priced (read better quality materials and build) in a lower end system that is less revealing to begin with. I'm not trying to start a class war, lol, just an observation that there are money issues when it comes to extracting as much info as possible from your system. A $500 Dueland capacitor sounds different than a $5 capacitor.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 7,914
    I prefer synthetic rope cable to steel cable for use in winches...


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