Originally Posted by drez
This is one of the big problems in computer audio - people try to fix things that don't need fixing and make things worse in the process. Then because we all have different tastes and random ideas of what jitter or noise sounds like there is a lot of journeys down the garden path and wasted money. Unfortunately when it comes to computer audio and cables the knowledge and equipment needed to really understand what is going on is beyond most enthusiasts,
I don't think a basic understanding of how digital audio works is all that difficult. I think people are just too lazy to do the googling, so they assume spending a lot of money will get them the sound they want without going to all that trouble. They're lazy and they pay through the nose for it. Audio is pretty straightforward, and once you know how your ears work, you can give them what they need. It isn't difficult or expensive.
It's been my experience that when technical explanations start turning to swamps of molassas, it's because someone is starting to count angels dancing on the heads of pins. For instance, I'd love to have someone explain to me what jitter actually sounds like. When I spent a few days puzzling it all out, I came to the conclusion that not only is it extremely rare in home audio, it occupies a time frame so tiny, ears would likely pass right over it. Repeating patterns of gross amounts of jitter might affect upper frequencies, but I have yet to hear anyone say it sounds like that. That's probably because jitter flat out doesn't affect sound in any audible way.