I don't know. Why do so many of us hear differences in different types of solder used even with same stranded copper speaker cable? Or worse yet, same cable except soldered vs. crimped? Or how about the undeniable differences (at least amongst experienced listeners in my circles) between power cords? Oh and there exist whether you like it or not, so don't even.
Or perhaps it is necessary to put it in terms many Head-fiers could or should identify with:
Why do so many of you bother rewiring the cables on your AKG-701s & Sennheiser HD-650's? Doing this is all the rage around these parts so I have to conclude these upgrades DO yield sonic differences as well. Or is it mass-delution!??? Or for that matter why should different brands of tubes make a difference if they are the same type of tube?
I also don't mean disrespect but it seems to me several of you are skeptics first and in the process end up short-changing your listening abilities well before putting your hearing to the test. Just because on paper or scientifically these things should not make a difference it doesn't mean they don't. Especially when I am telling you I can choose the better (to me) sounding USB cable time and time again under blind test how do we explain this? Am I a big fat liar?
And the one with the sarcastic "Golden Ear" comment... Cute, but I was not looking for a standing ovation. I was reporting the facts as a heard them. I am very sorry you have such low self-esteem when it comes to your listening skills as well as your sight. It must suck so I hope you are not bothering spending significant amount of $$$ on any of these toys as they are all going to pretty much sound the same to you sir. Seriously. Buy yourself a pair of Skullcandy Dub or Ink'd and call it a day!
But seriously, here's the deal...you must try it for yourself on order to arrive to your own *educated* conclusion -- because to shoot it down without returning the exact same level of courtesy by minimally investing the $25 bucks for the same (or similar) cable, investing time to methodically auditioning it, and then selflessly sharing your findings on this forum so that others can attain greater musical satisfaction, isn't particularly nice nor polite, in my humble opinion.
So tell me I am full of it ONLY AFTER you have taken the time to actually carry out the listening test **if** you found there was not a difference whatsoever!
And I promise you this, even if I feel you are dead wrong in your assessment you would have at least earned my respect.
Originally Posted by Anathallo
I am not calling you a liar, because I don't have your ears, and maybe I shouldn't be asking this because we shouldn't derail the conversation on the D0, but if the 1's and 0's are getting to the DAC, what's the difference? You can't hear digital, so the DAC is doing all the work to convey the music to your ears. What difference does it make what the transport of the 1's and 0's is?
I mean no offence, and my background is extremely limited on sound science, so I will concede that I may be 100% wrong, but it just seems odd that a digital transport over such a short distance would impact sound quality BEFORE the signal is even converted to analog.