|if you don't already know, Dunlavy was the designer of some of the world's best loudspeakers. his speakers were at one time used in all the world's best mastering houses.... i'm talking like almost all the best ones. anyway.... he knows his stuff.
Pah! Dunlavey also sells his own fancy aftermarket cables (or used to, it looks like he's out of business now), so I take any of his statements with a grain of salt and as marketing materials for his own cables. "Hey I don't want to be ripped off by cable flim-flammery, I better buy them from a guy who doesn't believe in most of that stuff." His comments make that kind of buyer more comfortable getting their cables from a guy that seems to debunk them. In general, from what I have read, I infer that Dunlavey is a bit of an outsider eccentric among audio engineers (which is saying a lot, they're a wacky bunch in general!
), so it isn't surprising he'd have "interesting" views on cables.
|What about headphone replacement cables? I think almost all believe that it makes a great difference compared to the standard sennheiser cables. If this is true, then one might expect it to be also true with ICs.
They're still cables. Non-believers will tell you that the fancy aftermarket cables for Senns also make no difference.
Not to shut down discussion, but just to prevent unnecessary arguments on the topic, it should be noted that this is a "DBT-Free forum", which basically means that there is a general assumption that people can hear differences in cables and that people are discouraged from attacking reviewers of fancy new cables by calling them "idiots" or "ignorant" or whatever for "wasting" their $$ on cables that obviously (to them) do nothing. I don't think it doesn't mean we can't have a friendly discussion on the matter, but in general, debate about whether cables make a difference or not is discouraged here, primarily because people who don't believe in cables have initiated a bunch of flame-wars in the past on the subject. These things tend to devolve into: "oh yeah, well you're an ignorant fool with more money than brains" vs. "oh yeah, well you're a cheap-skate dolt who has never tried fancy cables and obviously has no idea what you're talking about!"