Cables and vibration feet are different topics.
Comparing microphone cables which are for higher gain, higher impedance circuits is not the same as headphones are lower impedance, not high gain and cables for cans do not need such shielding or very low capacitance. IMO, as an example, speaker wire will sound just as good as expensive headphone cables, sans placebo effects. That said, if one enjoys fancy cables, go for it. I'm here to balance the scales (not balanced cables), just say'in.
what balance? that u love shiit amps? and that everything that costs a bit more then what they pump out is not done? u dont even try to have an open mind..like i did...i went from very affordable but still good stuff to what i have now and will get soon something very special.....
i have always been open to new stuff (also in my two other hobbies being improving cars and building extreme PC's) ..thats why i came across blue circle and hifiman (in the past) and toxic cables...if i would be like u (or sound like u)...burning down every other opinion then urs with the suggestion u do it for the greater good (quoting u: balancing the scales)...
i have a VERY long history with higher end quality speaker stuff of the likes of luxman and some other smaller higher end brands...and i only went to headphone stuff because i became daddy...that was only because i forced myself to have an open mind, as i was very biassed about headphones before that...i always thought they were rubbish in portraying the heart of the music as they were on ur ears..but i changed my opinion...and how i changed it! i sold all my speaker rig 10 years ago..and never looked back
so although i believe what ur trying to do..showing that inexpensive stuff can give u a good listening experience, its not about balancing the scales...its how u believe it has to be...leaning on ur own experiences and ur own rig... i think we all do that...in a way... i try to keep myself a bit open towards budget stuff lately as i see that people with lower budget still need a good amp for their he500...so i respect that deeply...and i will never try to even the scales because i believe that investing in the RIGHT COMPONENTS for ur rig does contribute to a better listening experience..u do urself short if u dont at least try it...just to compare the change...as always..more money doenst mean better sound...its all about getting the best balance in ur rig...a thing i learned on the hard way with my car hobby..... and in that case it did hurt badly..litererarely...
but i think as long headfi exists this discussion exists...and it will always exist...as most of us dont have a unlimited budget to find that blissful rig...so we keep on balancing the scales on debates like this...
but i do love u...in a non gayish way ofcourse. .as u have the same kind of passion as i have for what u believe in..and i can only respect that!
There you go again with analogies from amps to lifestyle. OK, we all love each other in a non-gayish manner.
Cables and amps are different stories.
To me there is nothing in cables that will improve the sound, other than imagination. Aesthetics and possible comfort issues, I can believe in that and the cost basis is a personal thing.
Amps, well I prefer a clean sound, some will paint that with the 'Analytical ' label. That either puts me in the SS camp or pure tube big dollar category. As you already know I'm not a fan of adding even order harmonic distortion or the "Warm" sound, hence the only tubes amps I like, sound like a good SS Amp. IMO once you can drive cans beyond earsplitting levels with enough headroom, you don't need more power as there is nothing to be gained from that. Once you reach a low enough level of distortion that no human being can possibly perceive there is nothing to be gained from further improvements, other than playing with Lab equipment and enjoying bragging rights. Of course the human aspect of once you've spent the money, you better enjoy it and let the imagination loose. But as I always say, if someone wants to spend more and they enjoy it, that's fine with me. I have no right to restrict what anyone does or wants in these matters.
I have friends that sink money into these nice toys and have listened often enough to know from where I sit, where it's at. Id rather sink some money into a Nikon 3000mm AFS VR f2.8 lens and upgrade my vacation.
One last thing, I ain't kiss'in you, even if you're from The Netherlands. My wife would throw me and my headphones out of the house.