|I find it really strange that on a forum that is dedicated to "Cables, Power, Tweaks, etc", there are so many people that are really not into tweaks, but rather into hating the tweaks and the people that have so much fun tweaking. For example, all the people out there that swear that there is no difference between speaker cables and interconnects, aren't you on the wrong forum?
LOL, you must be new here.
It wasn't always this way; this forum has totally degenerated over the last 3 years.
The reasons are manifold:-----------WARNING, OFFENSIVE & INCONVENIENT FACTUAL OBSERVATIONS AHEAD--------
1. Most head-fiers are young and new to audio (not all, but let's say 70%+). So they also usually lack the kinds of systems capable of allowing them to hear differences in cables.
2. Upon arrival here, they've just been told they need headphones they can barely afford, amps and better sources they can't, and now cables. Cables! That's the final straw!
I reject your voodoo cables!
I reject things that I can't afford! (Natural human reaction.)
3. You need developed ears and experience comparing lots of gear before things at the level of cables become clearly audible to you. Again, the crowd here is mostly younger and so often struggle to tell the difference between amps, let alone cables.
4. The level of expectation for what kind of difference a cable can make is all wrong. They seem to be expecting some earth-shattering complete re-imagining of the sonics, but that's not what you get. They will not accept that the difference is much less than that, and likely falls outside the level at which they are currently capable of perceiving.
5. Inexperienced people pick the over-tweaked hyper-bright TV screen on the shop floor ("oooh, look at that!), the "louder" and bass-heavy pumping speaker in the wall of speakers at the Best Buy. That doesn't mean they are better devices or perform better at all, but at the level of their perception abilities, only differences that strong and glaring are perceived, and usually deemed "superior" even though they are not. When an audio cable does not "pop" like the loudest, most obnoxious speaker in the shop, they can't hear it and so think it's bunk.
6. Young people (in general) do not just sit and listen to music (especially nowadays), doing nothing else. They're busy multi-tasking, and music is in the background of whatever else they are involved in. Of course, under these circumstances, how are they ever going to hear mere cable differences?
7. They're in college and going through that de-programming process where everything they learned in school so far turns out to be mostly over-simplified pap. They are in that stage where they want to reject everything with a skeptic's eye. They're so disillusioned, they need *proof* of everything. They also think they know it all, and anything someone over 30 says is true must be a lie. I can say this because I went through it too, and so did everyone else.
I could go on, but I'll stop there.