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post #61 of 67
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Originally Posted by Dan Millheim View Post
Ha, when was the last time you used "stock" anything;-).
I have a box full of stock cables under my bed. I have used them my whole life, until I heard Valhalla.


post #62 of 67
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Originally Posted by Dan Millheim View Post
Ha, when was the last time you used "stock" anything;-).
A long time ago, in audio and video!
post #63 of 67
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Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post
This cable argument comes up about every six months. If you would be open to learn, go to a reputable audio store and have them show you the differences. I was a skeptic until I took the time and effort to find out. They do have an impact on sound. My IC cost was about the price of my hps. They did make a big enough difference to me that I kept them. I was able to take different designs and price ranges home to listen to them in my system. One listen, you will know if they make a difference or not.
You DO realize a dealer is out to make money and arent exactly the leaders in "listening tests" right.
post #64 of 67
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Originally Posted by gotchaforce View Post
You DO realize a dealer is out to make money and arent exactly the leaders in "listening tests" right.
Not every dealer is a money wolf and want's to sell you anything. A good dealer let you take stuff at home to listen to it in your envirement and on your own pace. Not every dealer is recommending the most expensive cables!
Some even want to let you know wich cables are best bang for the buck!
post #65 of 67
I have a power cable that I could sell you for a lot less than $1600.

For those who can actually hear a difference in high priced power cables - and I am not arguing whether people can or not - I feel for you. I could never feel justified paying more than $20 for a power cable.

Particularly given that the cable that brings the power from my power board to my wall outlet is plain old insulated copper at about $1 a metre. And I can guarantee that the electrician who installed the power outlet didn't do it to any sort of 'audiophile' standard or quality.
post #66 of 67
don't knock it until you try it. Most of the skepticism is built around fear of wasting money on useless upgrades. If you don't have the luxury of borrowing a high end cable, buy a used cable with a high resell value (virtual dynamics, nordosts, tara labs, michael wolffs, black sands, etc.). in case you do decide to part with it, you won't be losing out too much. before you judge, don't base your opinion on cynism, base it on trial and error. But if you really can't hear anything, that's good for you, less $$$ to spend on this ridiculous hobby.

Getting back on subject - No, I'll dedicate 10-15% system on cables.
post #67 of 67
System (1) using MSRP:

Gear: source=$1000, amp (w/tubes)=$700, headphones=$400:
Total (gear)=$2100.

Cables: pc/source=$160, pc/amp=$180, ic=$430, headphones=$280:
Total (cables)=$1050.

Grand Total=$3150, w/(1050/3150) = 1/3 spent on cables.

Suffice to say, in my own experience, cables have had a profound, positive effect on overall system perfomance.
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