Originally Posted by bigshot
Blind test. Audiophiles right here in this forum were asked to identify the high end silver cable. They picked Radio Shack. They couldn't tell a silver from a copper, a high end from a low end. It all fell into the range of random choice. There ya go.
Nobody who took the test had previous experience with any of the cables. That is what makes the test flawed. If you can't see that, I don't know what to say.
As an example.
Goes into the test with preconceptions that the Radio Shack cables will sound the worst, the silver cables will be bright and the copper cables will be warm.
If he then says that the Radio Shack cables are the silver cables, all this means is that he perceived the Radio Shack cables to be bright.
Swears by Radio Shack cables and thinks they will sound the best and expects the silver and copper cables to sound identical.
If he then says that the Copper Cables are the Radio Shack cables, all this means is that he liked them the best.
Now, if they had gone into the test all being familiar with all of the cables involved, we may have gotten something meaningful. Or possibly, if they were just asked to list the cables based on their various sonic merits.
Since this is not the case, all we have proved is that based on second hand knowledge it is difficult to tell audio components apart.
I could have told you that without a blind test.