Originally Posted by PhilS
Why don't all cars come with the best possible tires? Why aren't all TV broadcasts in HD? Manufacturers and vendors build and market their products to meet particular price points, market segments, etc., and to maximize profit. That means that most products are not
designed to provide the best performance possible. Someone with a marketing degree or background could probably explain it even better, but there are probably hundreds or thousands of examples of products that could be improved with some sort of aftermarket modification, yet the manufacturer or vendor does not inlcude it because limited number of customers who are interested in that level of performance is not their main market, or it would otherwise not be profitable.
Manufacturers of cars realized the markups on "tweaked" editions long ago. Shelby, AMG, Dinan, SRT, SS.... do have the optimal components. And there are still better theoretical tweaks, but the cost of benefit is too expensive as determined by the designer. These are the reference standards of the maker's technology. Not their standard (mass) target. This is what I view as the best the factory design can provide. The end product can be put to the test before purchase to see what the upgrade provides.
There are industries that have need of cable and power technology. Medical is one of them. I look at the materials and cables used during installations of hi ticket surgical suites. This in areas where color accuracy and 3-D detail is critical for laser surgery and focusing hi energy radiation. Video surgery suites, MRI, Linear Accel. etc, and they use pretty standard ICs and power cable. But then some systems have tens of thousands in power supplies and shielded environments in which to operate. But internal components are still plastic coated ribbon cable, CAT-5 cable, BNC connectors.
I am sure there is tangable value with their products but how do you determine its performance? We aren't all stereo stores that can audition product by vendors. I will listen to my AV dealer. And they do support the majority of whats discussed here. They have been able to audition identical system setups with different target cables. He showed me some tech. specs on some cables $500. There are a couple of impedance, capacitance, resistance numbers. Nothing to say if more or less of any of the measured numbers was an improvement or not.
Scientifically, I have no doubt the theories provide improvements. Shunyata signal cables look very well thought out. The trouble is explainations get into design. Once everyone got the idea, they can't make the margins. Protect the cash cow. I guess I would too, if I had a product people would spend this kind of money on. Don't take this questioning personal. I wouldn't be here participating in this discussion if I weren't considering it. I want to be sold on the purchase. What sold you?
Again, my investment intent is determined on proven performance. I can see ICs and more treatment of power as good to performance. I don't understand how to determine the performance of cables and power cords.
PS- a hobbyist should not have to have an EE to prudently purchase a product.