This cable thing is very interesting to read..ok Here is my confession on cables:
Cables that I could not tell apart;
HD800 stock and Cardas cable. They sound exactly the same no matter what track I used.
LCD-3 stock and Q cables - Sound the same to my ears. (some claim huge differences)
LCD-2 stock and Q cables - Sound the same..
ALO mini to mini cable $100++ vs $9 Amazon generic cable (I test till I tears and I could not find a way to tell them apart, oh boy, what have I spent..
ALO silver Ipod cable ($250++) to mini vs $9 amazon generic cable - No differences at all no matter what amp I use.
Starlight USB cable and generic stock - No differences at all despite using a $2500 DAC and $2400 amp. - I almost want to go to an ear doctor and have myself examine, everyone here at headfi were talking differences like day and night, ugly and pretty and tall and short kind of obvious differences.. while I see twins.
TG334 stock vs ALO silver - I could not hear much diff as the TG334 is very veil and I thought using a silver cable could make a differences, but I learn that it did not help. It was an expensive journey. There was very little people mentioning that the TG334 was veil at that time.
Venom power cable - I almost use that cable to hang myself but decided to give it a 2nd chance. I finally hear the diff after I got rid of my M1 Amp in favor of Zana duex, and then I foolishly bought another one to celebrate.
Cables that I could hear a diff:
SM64 stock and some generic cable I test at Jaben - Finally, I looked up in the sky and thanks the heavenly celestial beings that I could finally hear a differences.
Tralucent 1P2 - Ok there is some differences here, phew ... but I still do it because that Gold/silver is super microphonic and not very flexible. TWAG 3 is easier to coil in my pocket and less mircophonic + no cell phone interferences and looks really good with that wooden coin at the spilt.
HD650 stock and Q cables - A little more treble on the Q cable that's it. Again the differences is very small, I won't notice if I am not paying attention.
There are times like this: On Monday, I can tell them apart but on Tuesday, I wonder where is the differences is hahahha.. and then face palm "oh boy what did I buy again", then wedneday, Aha, I hear a differences and thanks the celestial beings.
So the only 2 cables that I could hear a good differences is 1P2 and Sm64. Besides my experience is pretty limited on cables. In either case, I think I spend a lot on cables already and out of so many at least 2 make a differences. Do note that to hear a differences, I need to to be in a very quiet environment, mind very focus & calm, then play a few tracks and quickly switch cable as the ability to tell the differences is time based as well, if I talk to someone and then switch, I will most definitely fail. So cable is really a hit and miss thing for me and spending thousands on cables (which I already did) I am still learning to tell differences in cables. So I envy people who could tell a differences right away so easily and even more so for people who can tell a diff between a burnt in cable and non-burnt in cable (salute).
At head fi this is actulaly nothing, there are some who can hear a diff between and ALAC format and Flac format but above all there is one who can tell a diff between converting format back and forth differences.. WOW THATS IS REALLY AMAZING!! (full 21 gun salute with cannons pounding at the back)
OK Anak - I am prepare to have my post deleted..
Edited by Audiowood - 5/22/13 at 5:17pm