LOL so after about 3 pages of arguing and calling me and other people stupid cynics etc. You have now basically admitted that you are probably wrong and my explanation is actually a lot more likely. Maybe you should do some more research before calling people names and making yourself look silly.... Basically my comments were aimed at steering people away from spending extortionate amounts of money on scam USB cables. I was giving a more logical arguement then your subjective, psuedo science and random opinion based claims.
Mate don't worry you had nothing to do with my last post and have made no contribution at all to this thread. Other people who actually have more technical insight than me in the area of electronics have leaned in and provided information which I was not previously aware of. I respect the opinion of other people who either A) have sufficient technical insight to give meaningful input or B) have personal experience in the said area and give honest input based on their experience. Further I think you will find I have not called anyone a stupid cynic (I hope.)
It is not in my personal interest to spend large tracts of time reading Electrical Engineering 101 texbooks in order to speculate about whether a particular audio technology will have audible effects. I already have another career. I do however occasionally read up on said topic in order to try to gain better understanding out of personal interest, and I think threads such as this are a great place for discussion to take place which can not only extend my own understanding but also serve as a body of knowledge for others to gain insight from. I may however unintentionally overreact when people who think the little knowledge they have is an adequate basis from which to declare jihad on the audiophile community without any intention of increasing their insight nor the decency to acknowledge the limits to their insight. I apologise if I have done this, it is nothing personal.
I think most people are wise enough to steer clear of spending huge amounts of money on audio cables - it simply odes not make sense when the differences are so small (or possibly imaginary) that the money is better spent on components that have proven audible benefits.
Claiming that any anecdotal observations are resulting from cognitive bias is itself spewing pseudo science - it is making a hypothesis which has not yet been proven directly. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Edited by drez - 5/11/12 at 9:46am