I haven't read all the recent posts in this thread as life is just too short.
Originally Posted by reano
Thankyou eyeteeth I like your response. Keep it up
Keep what up? I may have similar thoughts to others but I'm not part of any group think nor team sports or posting for the seeming entertainment of an unknown person. Are your pals looking in and having a laugh?
Originally Posted by bigshot
If there is a significant difference, it would be easy to prove. Then the argument would move on to WHAT KIND of a difference.
I thought the same thing as you quite a while ago; if the differences were of consequence, there'd be no debate.
Personally, cables are below the threshold of meaningfulness or readily perceivable impact. When argued about, cables take on a worth all out of proportion to their value.
I had another demonstration of the significance of cabling last week. This is a bit roundabout. One benefit to selling stuff within a city is the number of guys who can drop by and pick up and of course there's often some minutes of audio small talk. One buyer of some isolation items was older (60?), very nice, said he'd been in the hobby for 30 years, was one of the few who knew of my ATC gear, asked he could come in for a listen and I said "sure". As my turntable was uncovered talk turned to vinyl and he stated the usual about its superiority to which I cued up Classic Records 200 gram Led Zep II and dropped the Barry Diament mastered original CD into the tray, had them play simultaneously and I switched back and forth with the remote. He stated he was confused as to which was which.
The point of the anecdote is that he couldn't distinguish vinyl from CD when each were done very well (mastering!) but cables can be very different sounding. (I was once similarly confused by a Clearaudio table/Graham Phantom arm and Simaudio CD player playing simultaneously).
I could wire up with just about anything and no one could identify what was being used nor would they be able to determine if the loom cost $50, $500 or $5,000.
Proof? The proof of the pudding is in the tasting and I've decided I'd rather move beyond cables and put my money and efforts into cake.