Originally Posted by daviemcc
It just seems to be a bit crazy. All the iem threads talk about cables opening up the soundstage and bringing the headphones to life etc.People hating their headphones and then loving them when the new cables sorted out all the problems.They are spending lots of money on this. After a while you begin to think it must be true.
for a lot of IEMs changing the cable(with a different impedance than the default one) will have the amazing effect of an equalizer set at a fixed value depending on source+cable+IEM impedances. it's particularly true for multi BA drivers.
for an IEM with high enough impedance or at least flat enough over frequencies, changing cables will at best change the volume a little. (going silver on the same kind of cable should be slightly louder. maybe that's enough to make people go hallelujah on soundstage and other stuffs.
the better the damping factor, the less the chances to mess up the IEM signature by changing cable. this is mainly why objectivists don't have changes, because they first by stuff with a not too bad damping factor.
the thing is, that the further you are from respecting a good damping factor between amp and IEM, the more chances you have to get a weird result(what people call "better sound"). getting the 22ohm version of ak100 and some low impedance customs is probably the best way to "prove" that cables have huge effects on sound.
you can also prove that electricity is bad for computers by putting 2 wires in the usb slot of the motherboard, and plugging the other end into a wall outlet. your conclusion is not wrong as long as you do all the bad things that lead to that result.