I would hate to give the impression that we are a bunch of snobs, especially since my post count belies my actual audio experience, which is rather little
I haven't really had the chance to look for sonic differences between cables (hint $$ $$
) but I trust people when they say that they have already DONE DBT and 'we all heard the difference, so there you are'. Whether *I* will hear cable differences in the future is another story, but I let other people keep their ears with them, and I don't decide for them what they can and can't hear.
This Ricky's first post was a link to a usenet discussion that ridiculed Jude's review of the Cardas Neutral Reference Interconnects. Over the course of 2 (or is it 3 including this one?) flame wars started by Ricky over this subject, it became apparent that this guy doesn't really know what he's talking about, and is impossible to argue with, since he would ignore what you are saying, or apparently concede a point in one post then go right on asserting the opposite in the next.
I would also love to find that cables make no difference--but they DO measure different (resistance, capacitance and inductance per meter are common measurement statistics and are different for each cable design) while Ricky continues to assert that they don't, with nothing to back up this claim at all. If they measure different, why can't they sound different too? Why should we have to put up with him talking our ears off about how all cables are the same, all cables can't be anything BUT the same, etc. etc. when he is just repeating the same pathetic and incoherent arguments over and over again and wasting our time and bandwidth?
YOU, Leporello, on the other hand, seems to be quite a reasonable guy. FWIW, I agree that the same kinds of switching mechanisms are involved in both the Max and a switchbox. However, if you're not hearing differences you should look for flaws in your equipment instead of proclaiming a conclusion straight away. There are several flaws in Ricky's equipment:
1. The switchbox (may or may not matter)
2. The cables (he hasn't got anything that anybody thinks would be much superior to stock)
3. The rest of the system (not up to snuff)
There will always be popular and unpopular people in any place. The thing is Ricky is unpopular not because he holds a minority viewpoint, but because he's been acting like an utter *******. We will welcome anyone, whatever special viewpoint they may have, as long as those views are presented reasonably and (s)he is open to other people's views.