Originally Posted by fatwombat
Hi thinker, I have been following your terrific reviews on HDVD800/HD800 combo and feel you have terrific insight. I am awaiting delivery of the HDVD800 (zzzz..!!). I was intending to connect my HD800 to HDDVD via 4 pin Cardas Clear after your initial comparison of 4 pin vs 1/4 inch plug.
I have enquired with the Cardas distributer here in England (audiofreaks.co.uk) and confirmed that Cardas can supply the HD800 Clear cable with 4 pin termination for about £50.00 extra.
Taking into consideration the improvement that the Clear gave over the 1/4 plug connection in your recent findings, do you think there could be further improvement by applying the 4 pin connection to the Cardas Clear over your Cardas Clear with the 1/4 plug.
I guess I am asking do you feel the improvements are the result of 4 pin vs 1/4 plug, or Cardas Clear vs inferior cable?
looking forward to hearing more of your impressions.
Maybe there are indeed clear sonic differences between, say, using a 4 pin termination or a 1/4 inch plug, but that would surely be apparent in a double blind listening test.
Audio Freaks in the UK will no doubt be happy to charge you £50 extra for the Cardas cable with 4 pin termination, but get them to demonstrate the audible difference it makes in a double blind listening test first.
The impressions between Cardas Clear and an "inferior" cable you request will be valuable I think if they come from a double blind listening test.
The human hearing is extremely susceptible to suggestion and auto-suggestion. I have written a short article about this and there is a link in my signature.
Please note that I am not denying the experience or report of anyone. I am just saying that it would be useful if these reported differences between connectors or cables were demonstrated in double blind listening tests. This is to combat the influence of suggestion and auto-suggestion in people's findings.