Originally Posted by bigshot
I agree with you 100%. But I wouldn't say that all of those things affect the quality of the sound equally. Some make a huge difference, and others make very little difference. The proportion or degree of improvement is just as important as whether the improvement does or doesn't exist.
For instance, I would say that the quality of speakers and headphones in a system make the most difference to the sound. And I would say that the quality of the interconnects and headphone cables make the least. Do you agree with that?
I wouldnt say quality of interconnects make the least difference, say if you were using a $10,000 rig and used the $5 interconnects, you would definately be doing a great disservice to the systems true potential.
The little mini cable that came with my pocket dock is about 1/8" in diamter, and runs a few feet. This cable caused a hit in signal gain and loss in fidelity according to my ears, of course there will be those that disagree.
Now if my system consisted of this
$300 budget panny
$4000 martin logans
$500 interconnects and speaker cables
and I had $5000, I wont be buying $5000 interconnects, I would buy mono block amplifiers.
I do however agree that $1000 interconnects is plain crazy, but it wouldnt sound crazy if you owned a $100,000 system. With audio, the point of diminishing returns hits quickly, the higher up the ladder in price you go the smaller and more incremental the improvement is. That is with every component IMO.
Then its up to the consumer whether or not the extra price is worth the improvement. In most cases audiophiles do not mind paying for the small improvement, this has been goes with every audio component in existence.
then there are other factors that come into play such as aesthetic preference and so on, those also are deciding factors which may cause one to purchase a higher end cable over a stock black one.
now if someone didnt want to upgrade their amp or source because it was too expensive to do so, since I believe raising the bar on interconnects does affect sonics to a degree, I would think a purchase of a higher end cable would be perfectly valid.
big shot didnt mean anything personal, I guess there were misunderstandings,
regarding headphone upgrades, I percieved a small improvement in sonics when I recabled my akgs, I heard NO improvement with my sr-80s, but I noticed a much more noticeable improvement when I upgraded my senn cable.
the differences are too noticeable to deny, IMHO. in regards to expansion of sound stage and top end. So I guess if someone were to buy an equinox or Zu, its an improvement worth spending on as it sonically improves the fidelity of the sound over the span of the cans life time, not too crazy of an investment IMO. If you ever open up a senn stock cable it uses tiny stranded magnet wire threaded with some sort of fiber, nothing worth mentioning.
regarding to what I build, I make sure I build something I am happy with in regards to build quality, parts, sonics and aesthetics, then I let others listen to it and give me input and I build upon that.