Originally Posted by rsaavedra
Quoting from Wikipedia: The burden of proof
Check also the chart they have further down entitled "Asymmetry in the Burden of Proof," and compare the amount of burden for the claims "Fairies exists" vs. the claim "Fairies do not exist."
There is only one positive claim being discussed here, and that is: "expensive power cords make an audible difference compared to decently built power cords, like simple hospital grade ones." That is only one claim, the asymmetry of the burden of proof here lies clearly on the side making such positive claim.
You make some good points, although I think they are not quite right--
I am not advocating that expensive cords are better- only that properly designed/made ones can be better than those of generic construction-- "expensive" is not the point.
also, I agree that the burden of proof, in general, can be asymmetrical, but that actually is my point. It simply begs the question that audiophile power cords are sufficiently like 'faeries' to warrant a radically asymmetrical burden of proof.
Part of what bothers me about this sort of debate, is that people make too many assumptions, and do not join the actual argument- but argue against straw men, or positions that their opponent has not actually taken.
I do not think that every so-called audiophile power cord is good, priced fairly, or gives better performance than "stock" cords -- likewise for interconnects and speaker cables.
The question is whether there are measurable and/or audible differences resulting from different cable designs/ materials/constructions. It would be useful to consider substantive claims about geometry, dielectrics, connector metallurgy, etc.....
we might actually learn something.