Originally Posted by mbriant
I fall into the naysayer camp myself, but the more I think about it, I must concede that as interesting as this test is, the methodology and small sample base make the results inconclusive and unfortunately, pretty much useless as a serious study. No offence intended to Edwood, as I know you and the members who did the testing worked hard on this, and I know it was done for fun.
While the fact that 6 members thought the Radio Shack cable was Canare seems initially important, 5 did guess the Radio Shack correctly, and with a sample base of only 14, this specific result means very little.....especially without equipment criteria being part of the results. A "believer's" argument I also agree with, is that any noticeable differences between the sound of cables ( if there are any), won't be noticeable on low end systems. The "weakest link" rule, makes that seem logical to me.
In hindsight, it's too bad that people weren't simply asked "Which cable sound's best...and why?" .... matched with a list of equipment they used to test with. I too wish I'd given this some thought and made some suggestions when the project first began.
I hate to say this but I TOTALY disagree with this post and here is why.
The test is NOT irrelevant based on the sample size. IF you were going to attempt to draw the concolusion that 6 out of 14 people (42%) of people can't tell the difference between the two cables you'd be basing that judgement on a sample size too small.
However, you can clearly draw a conclusion that the difference between the cables may not be as much as it is made up to be. Remember, we are supposedly talking the difference between a Ferarri and a Yugo folks!!@!@ To trump this, the test was done by audiophiles. Which means if you took 14 Nascar drivers and put them in a Corvette and then had them drive a Dodge Neon (no offense to Neon owners!) and 6 of them couldn't tell the difference, you can't tell me that doesn't say something.
So here you have 6 guys who can't tell the difference between a $5 cable and a $100 cable. Forget about the fact they didn't rate which one they thought sounded best, CLEARLY they knew there was an elite cable, a mediocre cable, and a crappy cable to choose from so in there minds they were saying "Hey, this one is best it must be X, and this one sucks it must be Y, etc".
I'm glad I don't dump my life savings into cables and just stick with "decent" stuff from bluejeanscables.com and Belkin's PureAV stuff. Pretty damn sure this stuff is plenty good enough.