That is a long post without answering my question, but I appreciate your long and thoughtful response... My sincere apologies as well if I my comment offended you, it was very much meant as tongue in the cheek. I am sure you give you are giving the guys building your stuff a torrid time.
The reason why I asked you the question is, because I had a toxic cable on order, but cancelled my order after waiting more than 5 months for mine and I thought that for the money that the sonic upgrade wouldn't be worthwhile. So your comment had me quite intrigued, but I wanted to know what a substantial improvement meant in your opinion in a way that I could understand it, to figure out whether I made a mistake or not?
You are welcome to give me tap on the Emotiva. My philosophy is always to buy gear with a high value for money factor. I am sure there are much better amps out there than the Emotiva, but for me it is a point of drawing a line in the sand on what is good enough and sticking to it and I also have far from perfect hearing. To get that extra 5% improvement adds a substantial amount of money into the equation. I have a lot of other interests beside Head-fi and have to divide my resources carefully between all those so each to his own. Being an electronics engineer of course means I view a lot of claims and statements with a healthy dose of scepticism.
okay i admit..what i am doing now is a bit off buying an amp for which u can buy a good second hand car..but still.. I am sure even that amp wont show every improvement of my new cable over the standard cable of hifiman..
And i know: The higher u go..the lesser the performance per dollar is... Thats a hard fact... And as i said before..i also started out with a humble (and in my opiniOn) still excellent amp for the money, the matrix mstage.. So i know about budgetting and the balancing act of ur money..lolz
So no hard feelings..but honestly..try to go to a audio meeting...and am sure some people there will have toxic cables..so u can have a listen urself.
For my particular cable (as u know its a one off balanced dual cabled 8wire black widow) it improved soundstage, bass, the voices got more natural..less metally, treble didnt improve much..maybe less sibilance..biggest difference was that it sounded like my amp got a few watts extra all of sudden..sound got more powerful... As i said..with MY cable..am sure it will be differnt with a silver widow, poison or any other cable they sell
I know where u coming from as an electrical engineer..i am an IT/facility procurement specialist myself..so i work daily with specialist like u (and some of my dearest friends are actually electrical engineers) so i understand what ur saying..i have FRIENDLY discussions with them all the time..as i have with u now
Edited by hifimanrookie - 11/15/13 at 2:56am