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Originally Posted by jonathanjong View Post
I'm very sympathetic to this...if we can show that cables (or whatever) make no perceivable difference in SQ in DBTs, and if we spread the word enough, hopefully we can save a lot of people from spending money pointlessly and (more importantly, perhaps...) begin enjoying their cheap(er) gear.

However, I'm reminded by Hume that the reason is the slave of the passions, and I'm sceptical that we can ever rid people of their potentially false beliefs. People will doubt the science, no doubt.

Hey, people are still looking for Big Foot.


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scep·ti·cal /ˈskɛptɪkəl/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[skep-ti-kuhl]


adj. Variant of skeptical.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by Real Man of Genius View Post
Because once you have exposed Mr Placebo for the lying biatch that he is you can then enjoy the cheaper stuff without having to spend the extra dough.
Reality can have it's perks too.
Actually, placebo experiments show that even after you tell someone that what they swallowed/felt/heard was a placebo, it still doesn't make the effect of the placebo diminish.

So, in a strange way, even the box the headphones come in affects the sound of those headphones. The grandeur of the presentation will make the person expect better sound, and they will hear it (not just imagine it, mind you - actually hear it. The neurological response changes).

Delusion has its perks

That said...I don't own any cd demagnetisers\expensive power cables\vibration pads etc. Unfortunately I'm a sceptic too ;p
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by moogoob View Post
Damn straight- for the small amount of time I was forced to use a thin, piddly USB cable with my DAC, I kept fretting till I got a nice, thick one. No logic or reasoning involved. And I sure couldn't tell a difference, either, but at least I could rest.
Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't USB a digital signal..? Like HDMI, it either gets there or it doesnt, so you can't really improve the quality of the signal because if it doesnt all get there, none of it gets there!

That's just my understanding of it, feel free to correct me if I have been misinformed..
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Originally Posted by Stikk View Post
Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't USB a digital signal..? Like HDMI, it either gets there or it doesnt, so you can't really improve the quality of the signal because if it doesnt all get there, none of it gets there!

That's just my understanding of it, feel free to correct me if I have been misinformed..
It IS, that's why placebo was the most important factor in my decision.
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