Yeah, yeah... I've bought some decent wings for my grandma and I swear she can fly now...
Cable-sound is pure imagination or results from a different resistor.
There is no better and no worse. It's only a waste of $$$ if you buy it for irrational amounts of money.
Haptics can be a good reason to buy another cable, but the HD800 cable is just fine, I think.
(Only the rubber on the connectors tends to brittle on some early HD800 units.)
I agree with most of the rest, but this. One of the reasons I am posting is to share findings and impressions and try to help folks out, thus I have to be clear here. A cable out of very good materials brings a noticable difference and improvements and no it's not pure imagination. I feel very confident I have explored this at length and I don't have any doubts on what I am hearing. And since you mentioned Axel Grell he's had similar findings at the last meet in London. He's quite qualified at this, I think. I do respect preferences and this is why there are choices of cable materials, and yes, they do sound different from each other. Every upscale material/cable I've compared to the stock cable, wipes the floor with the stock cable. However if one has heard a good high-end cable and doesn't hear the differences, then great, I understand that too, you won't need to invest in any cables. But the majority of us do hear it. From all the people I have seen undertaking this exercise at the last meet, there was not one who didn't hear a noticeable difference and improvements, including sceptics.
I do agree about the part mentioning irrational costs with the usual caveat that there is/may be a lot of snake oil out there. There are many who will sell low end SPC crap for insane amounts, or not even disclose the choice of materials that go into their uber expensive cables. Many times there's a reason to hide it. :) I am basing a lot of this on Toxic Cables, and DIY cables I've made out of verified materials and those have been top notch and surpassing my expectations.
Edited by negura - 5/14/13 at 5:31am