Originally Posted by liamstrain
But the wines taste different... its just that sometimes the cheap one is better. Here we have not been able to show they "taste different," never mind which is better.
I can dig it. I'm just trying to stop people from making the claims "copper is warmer, silver is brighter, X connector is smoother, Y insulation is silkier" or whatever. None of that crap has ever been shown to be audible under any moderately objective test... Sure we can make bad cables that sound like crap, and we can deliberately design inductance loops and other nastiness...
But it is becoming increasingly clear that any reasonably well built cable of sufficient capacitance/resistance for the load required... under normal use (no matter how high end your kit, or golden your ears), will be indistinguishable from another if you don't know what cable is in place or how much you paid for it.
I don't think different vintages taste different. Just my opinion. Maybe I'm just an ignorant slob! LOL!
I think if the cable controversy ever gets resolved (LOL!) we will find that it has nothing to do with LCR. Let's call this primary effects, for the sake of argument.
In an interconnect, resistance is so low as to be irrelevant.
Normally you want capacitance and inductance to be as low as possible.
Same thing in headphone cables.
In low fequency signals like audio you DO NOT match the impedance of the cable to the source or the load. Some folks seem to think you "match impedances" in audio analog circuits.
If there really are differences in sound then it will probably come down to cable geometry, insulation material, shielding type/no shielding, etc. basically "secondary" effects.
The Russ Andrews thing troubles me, the cable actually does something but Russ Andrews manages to shoot themselves in the foot by using improper test methods, inappropriate source and load termination and, WTF, not grounding the cable.
As jnjn can attest to, EMC is a very arcane subject.
Two very noted experts on this stuff, Howard Johnson & Martin Graham, actually titled their books: "High Speed Digital Design: A Handbook of Black Magic" and "High Speed Signal Propagation: Advanced Black Magic".
BTW, they don't believe in audiophile cables. LOL!
Howard Johnson once proposed building a speaker cable which looks a lot like Nordost's flat speaker cables.