since you are soooo into backing up your talk sould you show me the study that pointed to the "consensus of audio professionals outside of the audiophile world that made this claim, was it at an industry gathering that a poll was taken or perhaps the at the water cooler of CBS recording studio... wherever it was I would really love to read this. Or perhaps you have sought out all the audio pros then qualified them to ensure there were not part of the audiophile secrect cabal of cable charlitains?? Do tell
No poll need be taken to show what audio professionals use most. Check out their primary suppliers and catalogs, take a tour of their studios, you will probably never see anything other than quality-constructed copper wire with nickel-plated conductors and PVC jackets, and varying degrees of foam or copper insulation depending on the task. Neutrik and Belden come to mind. Occasionally, particularly amongst hobbyists, you will find gold plating for longevity, but not for sound quality.