I'm trying to say that it doesn't matter if I hear it or not, because my hearing it does not mean it's real. So experience alone is not proof of anything.
Wow! Those anti-cable guys seem to have colored your thinking.
Just because someone can hear something in the fog of noise only thirty percent, or even ten percent of the time, doesn't mean they're guessing or that what they're hearing doesn't exist. But that's what the anti-cable guys want you to believe. All of our senses become fuzzy at some time and point as our senses have an analogue feel, not an on/off digital feel like being stabbed with a knife. The anti-cable guys have turned an analogue debate into a digital debate of 1's and 0's, on or off, with nothing in the middle. Talk about whiffing one.
Example: You're in a thick fog, and you're not sure if you're seeing something or not and it's a dynamic situation, is it rational, since you're not right seventy percent of the time, to say what you're seeing doesn't exist? How about those with partial color blindness or nerve damage? Or is it more accurate to say that what you're seeing is being obscured by the fog or you're reaching the ends of your limitations? How's your targeting skills at a hundred yards? How's your targeting skills at four hundred yards. Need a scope? Of course it's not rational debate and neither are the parameters set about by the anti-cable guys.
At a certain point one has to call BS on BS. That's why debates of this kind are pointless. The anti-cable guys are convinced and it don't matter what one can or can't hear as it's all about them and only them and you can buy only what they approve of.
"We are the Borg and you will be assimilated."
FWIW, I listen at very low levels. Levels so low (5 out of a possible 100 and sometimes lower) that there's not enough power to open the headphones up. So I'm dialing my system in to accommodate these low listening levels. My hearing sensitivity is pretty much normal in that I'm able to hear down to 1db dependably and my hearing gets sketchy at about a 1/2db. According to the pundits, I'm guessing at a 1/2db when clearly it's not guessing. What it is, is that I'm at the end of my analogue abilities to differentiate; sensitivity. There's no guessing going on as I'm now reaching into my noise floor and the sound is being obscured by the analogue noise in my hearing floor. What a concept. Example: you're listening to a radio transmission at the extreme range of the analogue transmitter and you're only picking up every forth or fifth word. According to the anti-cable pundits, you're now guessing. Why? Because you can reliably only hear twenty or twenty-five percent of the transmission. So, according to the pundits, you're really not hearing any of the transmission and you're only guessing.
This is how they define the debate so as to suit their personal bias'. When one tries to take an analogue world and sum it up in digital terms, what's really going on is the anti-cable guys are pushing their digital bias on others; it's their way or the highway. Well good for them. The point, sometimes you just have to turn their noise off, ignore them and stop caring what the anti-cable group has to say for themselves. Just enjoy what currently is being presented to your ears cause you're hearing what you're hearing, with or without their blessings.
Custom headphone cables are on order and I should have them in hand for evaluation in a couple of weeks. Today, the computer power supply was replaced and yes, doing so opened up both the sound stage and individual stringed notes of the jazz cello and grand piano piece. Previously compacted or harsh stringed high notes were smoothed out by the opening up of these notes.
Today, UPS delivered a new, ten foot Audioquest NGR-3 power cord. The addition of this power cord seemed to have flattened out (loss of clarity and dynamics) the sonic character of the music and I went back to the cord that was supplied with the original power supply. My opinion, my ears, the $2.95, three foot power cord, attached to the power strip, next to wall warts, sonically sounds better than the $200.00 ten foot custom cord, attached to it's own wall plug. Oh well, seems that I'm either out two hundred bucks or I just bought me a very expensive ten foot extension cord to use under the Christmas tree. And what's so cool about all of the above? All these mods, equipment changes and opinions are being made/formed and posted online, without the anti-cable guys seal of approval. I do it for my ears, not theirs.
Edited by beeman458 - 7/8/10 at 7:21pm