Originally Posted by tmars78
Technically, you aren't using your ears. You are also using your eyes, and preconceived notions of what you should hear. If you know what cable you are using, then you are not using just your ears. I would bet that if you used JUST your ears, all of the "differences" you claim to hear, would go away.
tmars78. You need not tell me this.
This is the typical reply one will get from those who do not believe digital cables will make any difference. Many have told many others this and a search in this forum, or any other, will reveal this statement you have just made.
I have rejected many branded expensive cables (silver or crystal or whatever) for simple, cheap and well-built copper cable because they just sounded better. Price, brands, marketing gimmicks will trick many people. No doubt about that. Also, I will have to agree that there are too many snake oil cables out there costing a bomb and yet does nothing to improve the sound. People who fell for these tricks will be convicted that digital cables are all but a hoax. But, there are cheaper yet good digital cable that will improve the sound.
So far those who argued for the case of no-difference in digital cables do so in the name of science and have not heard for themselves.
Those who argued for the case of difference in digital cables have actually own/heard of it themselves.
Placebo effect? Preconceived prejudice on cheap cables?
I am not sure if results from a short blind ABX test can be conclusive, especially when the source and the acoustic environment is unfamiliar to someone. Having the cables plugged into your system for a few months and then take it out to see what can one now not be able to hear from their favorite tracks might be a better way to conclude.
I don't trust professional reviews and all those fancy specs on cables myself and I will be part of those who will gently snigger at those who actually bought the ~USD4k Locus Design cables myself (unless I am Abramovich of course)
Nonetheless, I am glad for those who actually take the first step out to get a good USB cables (not snake oil or cheap marketing gimmicks like monster/kimber) to prove the hypothesis which good USB cables make no difference is true.
If I can prove that or design a way to make people realize their digital cable actually make no difference, I could open an audio healing clinic to treat people suffering from placebo and earn big bucks and make many big brands' digital cable business wings close down. That might be a good business that I could venture into when I graduate =)
Parroting what many others have said and thereby firmly concluding that digital cables make no difference add no value at all.
Edited by uelover - 5/19/11 at 7:30pm