Originally Posted by cjl
2) The amp's output impedance is substantially lower (preferably by at least an order of magnitude) than the minimum impedance of the headphone/speakers being driven - again, this isn't a problem for most well-designed solid state speaker amps, but it is a problem with some headphone amps. Many tube amps also have a high output impedance
, which can significantly affect the sound.
I have no idea why fancy tube amps, especially the expensive ones, do not have output transformers. It takes that high voltage, high impedance output, and turns it into a low impedance output suitable for driving enough current. it's not like the expensive amps are trying to save you money by omitting 10 lbs of iron core transfomer. I would have thought having the biggest, baddest output transformer would be an audiophile badge of honor, yet it seems audiophiles would much rather have their headphones operating electrically under-damped.
Originally Posted by cjl
Sure, but if all you want is a reasonably well made cable that is electrically perfect (or at least perfect enough that it will not affect the signal in any perceptible way), you can get that for fairly cheap. I understand the people buying cables from places like Blue Jeans Cable for example, even though those still cost more than I would pay for cable, personally. At least they're genuinely just well-made cables that look a bit nicer than the ones from someplace like Monoprice (though they won't sound any different). The ones that I will never understand are the ones that are hundreds of dollars per foot, and claim that you will now be able to hear every heartbeat from the people in the booth of the recording studio where your recordings were made, because normal cables blur out the details (or other bogus nonsense like that).
Originally Posted by ComradeDylie
On the cable thing, I mean I do own Silver Dragons but I got them used and it was mainly a bling thing. Like idk a gold watch, I didnt get them thinking it would make a sound improvement.
Scientific studies have proven without a doubt that Japanese quartz has superior PRaT, but in an A/B sighted comparison, I think my Swiss mechanical's ETA 2836-2 sounds about 8 times smoother. The difference is so obvious, I don't even need to blind test to tell the difference! As a true audiophile, I obviously blame Jitter for the difference.
Edited by ab initio - 5/7/14 at 6:57pm