Originally Posted by David1961
After swapping my copper RCA interconnects from the BHSE to the GS-Xmk2, and vice versa with my silver XLR's, I then started listening to my LCD-XC / GS-Xmk2 and 009 / BHSE. Because I'm able to switch listening from one combo to the other in seconds via my source, I was able to hear the difference between the combo's easily. While I'm very happy with the LCD-XC / GS-Xmk2, if I wanted to hear the best musical experience from my headphone combo's, I'd always choose the 009 / BHSE.
Like it's been suggested though, I might get some copper XLR interconnects and use them with my BHSE, instead of the silver XLR's.
I just read a striking note on cables, and the snake-oil stuff, from a man who's been building this stuff for almost longer than I've been alive!
I'm gonna ask his permission to share it here.
But I do accredit the differences I hear in cables to the cans, AND the amp of course.
But it's like a good loudspeaker right?
It'll tell ya what your system - cables, amp, line-stage, etc. are doing.
Originally Posted by Canadian411
I wish I had ears like yours :), I have ALO ref 8, 16 cables, diff interconnects, etc, I thought it will make the sound quality improved but I was wrong (just me).
I cannot tell any differences between the stock cable vs reference cables.
Only cable that makes bit (very tiny) differences is the ALO ref 8 balance cable, then again I am throwing balance mode as a variable so I cannot really say after market cable make any differences.
We are talking about sound differences between 14 to 28 AWG, OCC type, copper and silver etc.
Not really sure human ears are that sensitive to tell the quality of the conductor signals.
Maybe my ears are not meant to be an audiophile, or am I expecting too much from the after market cables ? someone help me, I am serious.
This is all in the ear of the beholder. If you didn't perceive a difference, that's your answer!
That's why I try to stay away from making blanket statements, and always say this is how I heard it,
how the system felt/sounded to me (because remember, we're always listening to a system, never the one thing).
I also believe component synergy means everything.
I've had situations where I couldn't hear a difference in cables too!
So don't think there's anything right or wrong in this.
You chase the sound you're looking for - by any means necessary.