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Is it time to boycott cable companies?

post #1 of 411
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99% of them, at least. I've been thinking about this movement for awhile, but over the past couple of months, it's been even more unsettling, in both terms of pricing and the revelations that show what's inside the cables.

Perhaps DIY Head-Fi members can set up small businesses; I saw that they can build great quality cables and iPod docks as well. Of course, I know most, if not all, rather not get into the business side of things, and I don't blame them. I'm simply speaking my mind right now; throwing out possibilities and ideas.

But I feel that for awhile none of us should "upgrade" our cables, and just simply go to Radio Shack for our cable needs. Remember the results from that DBT test that compared silver to copper to a Radio Shack cable?

So yes, thanks for hearing me out. What say you?
post #2 of 411
i agree. and to every next repliers, please refrain from personal attacks.

actaully i have been really busy and lazy lately that i rather use a cheap cable than to spend 2-3hours making cables.
post #3 of 411
I would rather boycott stereo equipment salesmen posing as consumers to act as shills for overpriced lead shot filled garden hoses in internet chat forums.

See ya
Steve
post #4 of 411
I agree, start the Rebellion!

I think we should all buy our cables from Blue Jeans Cable.
post #5 of 411
Well, you do still have that, premium ALO iMod cable (dock?). Perhaps you could sell it, and support a private DIY'er.

I'm just kidding. I can't speak of the $10K cable manufacturers, but recable/cable companies like APureSound has always made excellent products and services for me, and I think their reasonable prices are well worth paying for. I would not support this boycott.
post #6 of 411
I think he means a boycott of other companies. I also personally think ALO and Apuresound deserve out business.
post #7 of 411
Okay... reading some of the comments made by that [...] in question in that huge thread made me change my mind. [...] has clearly shown some serious attitude. That is not very cool.
post #8 of 411
I think the comments I made were pretty clear-cut. So .... had to resort to childish words.
post #9 of 411
Let's boycott cereal companies too for selling cereal at like 10 times what it costs to make it!

But yeah, I do half agree. I think we should support those DIY people on head-fi that make cables themselves.
post #10 of 411
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Originally Posted by fraseyboy View Post
Let's boycott cereal companies too for selling cereal at like 10 times what it costs to make it!

But yeah, I do half agree. I think we should support those DIY people on head-fi that make cables themselves.
But there are so many other factors. Inflation is one. Profit is another. A cereal company is not profit due to the increased cost for their R and D, marketing and employees. The cable companies are making a killing on these cables; and sometimes they are not any better than the ones you can get for half the price.


Oh, and Highflyin9 makes some really nice cables. Have you seend his power cables, with the ground wrapped around the main cable? They are amazing looking.
post #11 of 411
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Originally Posted by fraseyboy View Post
Let's boycott cereal companies too for selling cereal at like 10 times what it costs to make it!
Yeah. Sarcasm noted, and why you said that is perfectly understandable! You're a testament to how good their premium cables can sound!

And let us all remember... "they're like raisin bran, but they're just cereal bran with raisins in it" (darn, can't remember the exact words
post #12 of 411
Oh, and the cereal company thing? I was merely responding to show the "What if?...." answer
post #13 of 411
Yeah, way ahead of you guys on this one...

With the obvious quality defects, I cannot believe that people still claim that they improve the sound? How can they? They are worse than just about any cable you can buy. This is of course delving into the placebo problem (oooo, pretty cable, brand name, nifty logo, it must be good!). Another problem that needs dealing with.
post #14 of 411
Boycott? I've never bought from them in the first place.

I prefer to DIY my own garden hose.
post #15 of 411
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Originally Posted by Uncle Erik View Post
I prefer to DIY my own garden hose.
Classic, but so true, the only way you can really know what you are getting is to either be there when it is made, make it yourself or hack an existing one up!

On a slightly different note, for those of you in the UK looking for a reasonably priced DIY'er, look up mark grant, he makes high quality gear at prices that are not $150 for garden hose...
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