Originally Posted by Lapwing
The problem is the pro-cable loonies would claim the quality of the switch is the bottleneck and not their precious cables. A much better method for testing cables would be to simply attach a ammeter in series between source and destination and monitor the current over a time period.
Um, if the objectivist camp wants to maintain credibility or even some kind of scientific high ground then labelling those with differing world views as loonies
is not the way to go about it, I humbly suggest...
In fact it is trivial to find measurable differences between cables, a change in cable gauge will lead to certain changes in resistance and a big enough difference will
lead to audible signal loss
, Monster do this in their demos - whether this signal loss is accompanied by a fundamental audible change in the FR is tougher to determine. However signal loss is signal loss and to compensate requires increasing gain and thus noise whether the extra noise is audible is of course open to question.
Even Pear can show that their cables have less high freq roll-off than generic speaker cable, but is this audible ? only proper listening tests would determine this.