I think people should wait until the reports on sonic differences from alternative cables come from blind ABX tests before investing in such cables.
I do not wish to discredit the experience of those who claim these differences, but they are well within the realms of suggestion and autosuggestion.
I have written a short article on suggestion and autosuggestion and there is a link to this in my signature.
What is not understood is that the human perception of hearing is extremely flexible, it does not behave like a recording machine.
All these issues such as the bass being a bit flabby, the silver bringing nuances etc. these are all well within the realms of autosuggestion.
Autosuggestion is extremely powerful and everyone is susceptible including myself.
This problem exists in the assessment of all Hi Fi components of course.
The way to combat the influence of suggestion or autosuggestion is with blind ABX tests.
I believe that blind ABX testing should form the basis of reviewing Hi Fi equipment in publications (web and print).
That's fine. I hear where you are coming from and I respect your position. I would love more double blind studies on this stuff, but it is not that simple.
For me, some of the changes I have experienced were obvious. WIth the variability in how we hear and what we hear, etc., double blind studies are very difficult. There are so may intervening variables to account for that I question reports of negative results. Keep in mind that some people do not hear a difference between different headphones -- i.e. my wife. Does that mean that there is no differences between headphones?
I was very skeptical of cable having impact initially, but when I recalled my HD800 the change was undeniable, same with the k550.
Also BTW, I cannot be hypnotized (tried it three time with three different professional and no give) so I am not very susceptible to suggestion.
I am not discounting that some of the perceived changes can be psychologically driven (in fact I bet some are), but not all are. Just because you show that some people are suggestible and some people do not perceive differences in cables, that does not prove that cables do no change anything. Like I said, way too many variables at play.
And yes, they are majorly overpriced, so if you are looking at price:performance ratio, dont change your cable.
If you dont hear differences, dont recable. But dont write it off just because someone did a study or failed to show impact. Tons of findings are overturned by better studies with better controls. For now, all we can do is relay on your own experiences.
Edited by Cante Ista - 4/7/13 at 3:38pm