Originally Posted by upstateguy
If this is actually true, what are the people who can hear the differences between cables waiting for?
A million dollars is a lot of money.
There is also the Clark amplifier challenge waiting out there for someone to collect on.
There is a strong political reason why we've never heard of a serious attempt.
Let's assume there is a person named "Mozart." Mozart is a self-proclaimed golden ears and has demonstrated that in blind tests he can score well very on tests comparing MP3s to FLAC, distortion audibility tests, etc. Statistically, Mozart is 3 standard deviations above the mean in his hearing ability.
Mozart applies for the Randi challenge.
Problem is, who is going to supply the expensive wire? It's not in the interest of most, if any, audiophile grade wire suppliers to provide wire or even allow their wire to be used in this test. What if Mozart, a person who possesses measurably superior hearing ability, cannot tell the difference?
The news would hit the audiophile world. People would probably run away from purchasing wire from that company. People with that wire might be inclined to switch to something else. There would probably be major financial repercussion to that one wire company.
If the Randi Foundation decided to buy some expensive wire and do the test without the manufacturers permission, there might be a lawsuit either preventing the test or to suppress the information if the Mozart cannot tell the difference.
Anyway, I'm not trying to support either side of the cable argument. It's just easier to talk about and perform tests on a small scale (like on this forum) because they're aren't massive political and economic ramifications. nick_charles' test results might convince a few people that cables aren't worth it. It's not going to become a world-news worthy event (unless you think everything on slashdot is news worthy). Nick_charles - no offense intended.