|Originally posted by Canman
Eric, this TDR mumbo-jumbo sounds very interesting. Please report back with your findings!
Eyeteeth- Keep in mind that the marketing departments of many cable companies take, uh, liberties with the technical information that the engineering department feeds them. Sometimes there isn't even an engineering department...
I am not at liberty to comment on the specific claims of other cable manufacturers thanks to the Head-Fi rules (they're competitors), but I will say that I find cable ads are usually good for a laugh... Really, if you're buying cables, read the reviews of how they sound, not the "technical information." The former is what we're all after, right?
My TDR stuff isn't exempt from this rule, either. It's incredibly useful for quick & dirty tests, or checking cables for problems during production, but in the end my ears are *always* the final determinant. It's really amazing when you think about it -- the way we can hear changes in a cable that are first visible on a test instrument at frequencies a million times higher than we're supposed to be able to hear. I suppose high-end audio is something like a "special case" of electrical engineering, just like quantum mechanics is a "special case" of physics