Originally Posted by sugarkang
not in a blind test it hasn't. yes the debates have been done many times, but a debate is useless without empirical findings.
i'm not saying that your claim to better fidelity through cables is false.
how could i claim that when i've never heard aftermarket cables? but i'd like to know what the truth is.
but wouldn't it be NICE if we did some blind testing, with several users to know for sure. it really isn't hard.
you'd need two models of the same headphones. one with stock cable, one with aftermarket cable.
i'd like to know firstly, if a listener could even discern a difference in the first place. secondly, to know if the listener could actually pick the more expensive one as the better one.
I've previously been a believer in blind testing. But in auditioning various cables, headphones, and CD players the past few months, I've noticed that quite often I have difficulty distinguishing between two different headphone cables, for example, even when I know they are being switched, if I only listen for a few seconds or minutes. Also, sometimes the difference is more apparent on certain CD's, or certain songs, than others. If I listen to my system set up a certain way for a few days or weeks, however, and then I make the switch, I will be able to tell the difference clearly, but again it may take me several songs to confirm this, and the difference may not be significant on every song. I find myself hearing things I did not hear before, or missing something that I previously heard (if the switch is back to the less detailed cable for example).
Perhaps others don't suffer from this "disability," but I think I might fail a blind test where the switching is going back and forth. Tonight for example I switched out a very inexpensive, basic interconnect that I had been listening to for two weeks and replaced it with one of Homegrown Audio's Silver Lace interconnects. I didn't really much a difference on the first CD I played, but clearly heard a significant difference on the high end on the next CD by a different artist. Certain elements of the recording that I had been missing were revealed and it was quite pleasing. On the next CD, while I could perceive some difference, it was less apparent.
People have always said that blind tests have their limitations, and have always believed that this was complete kaka. Now, I'm beginning to understand some of the problems, and why the debate goes on. Frankly, to my mind, blind testing has the tremendous force of logic behind it, and as an attorney, I find that very appealing. But once you hear a difference, it's pretty hard to convince yourself logically that you didn't hear it. You did.
As to whether the more expensive cable is the better one, that is a different isssue entirely. Sometimes in a given system a lesser expensive cable, CD player, etc., may sound much better than one that is much more expensive. That's also part of what makes this hobby fun - finding out what works together, and not spending a fortune to do it.