Originally Posted by Jon L
Any *reasonable* person would know my point about "bits are not just bits" in digital audio is meant to mean digital audio cables *can* and do sound different despite "bits are bits" DUE to the time domain variability, a.k.a. jitter.
But then again, do I have a "reasonable" audience?
Sure you do. That's exactly why we "reasonable audiophiles" question that expensive digital cables make any difference compared to inexpensive but properly designed and constructed ones........especially because the overriding problems are with the flawed interface, and not the cables! For what it's worth, that is the only solid conclusion the author of the article makes, as far as I can tell.
Can you cite a controlled test done with a high quality transport and a top-notch DAC, using a variety of digital cables.....cheap to expensive, different construction techniques, everything that could impact jitter.....that shows a measurable difference in the jitter spectrum at the output of the DAC?
Seems to me that would put the matter to rest for truly "reasonable" listeners.
If the bits get to the DAC correctly (a given if the cable isn't pure crap to begin with) and there's no measurable difference in jitter, what might cause the analog output to be different?