Originally Posted by Lenni
may I ask why you think so? I doesn't say in the article how the tests were conducted.
Exactly. Not a single piece of information on how the test was conducted.
yet, you've already concluded it wasn't proper.
No I just said I think it wasn't a proper blind test - until proven otherwise. Why wouldn't they at least explain in one paragraph how the test setup looked like? Maybe they cannot afford the space since they have more important page-sized cable ads in there.
But it's not just that. Have you seen both the kind of details they use to describe each cables' sound but on the other hand just babble countless audiophile meaningless terms/expressions. I've never seen something like that in a proper blind test. These guys must have golden ears, or more likely golden wallets.
maybe, if you're such an expert in these kind of tests, you should contact the editor and let him know.
Actually I couldn't care less for what they did or didn't. Talking to expensive cable buyers is like arguing with fundamentalists, there's just no point. Go ahead and spend all your money on cables, please do!
edit: And this proves my point:
it seems to me, placebo, is the answer to what science cannot explain. since they yet don't understand how that could be, they look for the next feasible explanation. in this case placebo fits in. it a bit like people who believe in heaven, they know there isn't, but they still choose to believe in it because it makes them feel better. see, I know what placebo is...
I wonder if you've actually tried better cables. if not, should you really be making comments on the matter? personally, I don't mind if you do. my point is: should someone without trying the object is question - with what sometimes seems an utmost conviction - really commenting on it? I think not.
Yes I've participated in tests and the results, as posted above, looked quite a bit different. There's also loads of measurements that show the teeny-weeny differences. Again, you're better off with a headphone/speaker, amp, dac upgrade or even a power conditioner.
nevertheless, I don't dispute that people should be careful. some people are in it just for the money, but not everybody is in it, just for the money. and hype can get to people, especially new comers. it's not easy for everybody; one can somewhat rely on comments and advice from other users, but ultimately one has to try it for themselves in their system. that's why some company lend you a bunch of cables. unfortunately, that's not always possible.
People don't have to try it for themselves if they can rely on the results of repeatable tests. But if you do try it make sure you get your money back if you don't like what you bought. And be sure to eliminate biases (see above) when doing the comparison, otherwise you might just be deceiving yourself.
Edited by xnor - 9/9/12 at 2:34pm