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  1. colonelkernel8

    How do I convince people that audio cables DO NOT make a difference

    Imagine making and selling a product based solely on the possibility it "sounds" better than a competing product and offer no tangible reason as to why. Tell me, has anyone ever given a negative review of a cable on this website? A negative review of a DAC (from the sound perspective, not from...
  2. colonelkernel8

    How do I convince people that audio cables DO NOT make a difference

    Human cognition has nothing to do with the very mechanical, and very well understood apparatus that is our ears.
  3. colonelkernel8

    How do I convince people that audio cables DO NOT make a difference

    No. No they don't. If they are they're lying to you.
  4. colonelkernel8

    How do I convince people that audio cables DO NOT make a difference

    While admirable, I don't think it's worth the trouble...I'm not even sure it's possible to do this blindly since you'll need to remove the earphones and reinstall a cable each time. I'll rely on the objective measurements and the physics to tell me that cables, most of all headphone cables (or...
  5. colonelkernel8

    The most reliable/easiest way to EQ headphones properly to achieve the most ideal sound (for non-professionals)

    That Klark Teknik one looks beautiful. I love that clean industrial look.
  6. colonelkernel8

    How do I convince people that audio cables DO NOT make a difference

    1. Make s*** up. 2. Sell to rubes with too much money. 3. No ???, just literally profit.
  7. colonelkernel8

    How do I convince people that audio cables DO NOT make a difference

    Don't forget, the more expensive and exotic the materials, the "better" it sounds. Except silver sounds "bright" because it's a white metal and copper sounds "warm" because it's a brown metal.
  8. colonelkernel8

    How do I convince people that audio cables DO NOT make a difference

    To be pedantic, there are test probes out there that cost thousands of dollars, but they are also for measuring signals in the GIGAHERTZ range, or digital signals exceeding tens of gigabits per second and sometimes contain active (powered) elements to them. But this drives home the point that...
  9. colonelkernel8

    How do I convince people that audio cables DO NOT make a difference

    It's at least a 1000% markup. Most of the expense is in the custom metal housings for the off-the-shelf USB connectors they're using. It's not like they're manufacturing actual USB connectors, that takes very expensive machinery and doesn't make sense to make in small quantities.
  10. colonelkernel8

    How do I convince people that audio cables DO NOT make a difference

    The thing is, DSP design is expensive and takes real skill (I've done it. It's very, very difficult work). People who make audiophile USB cables are probably not even engineers.
  11. colonelkernel8

    How does software audio amplification work?

    It's bit shifting the PCM signal up or down. When above 100%, the signal integrity can be compromised because it can shift signal data into clipping and beyond, so generally speaking, I don't recommend it. What it might do, given the software, is level set the signal so 200% is now the...
  12. colonelkernel8

    How do I convince people that audio cables DO NOT make a difference

    This really is the fundamental issue. Since people often do not understand how things work, people come in to sell them "fixes" to problems that cannot physically exist.
  13. colonelkernel8

    How do I convince people that audio cables DO NOT make a difference

    Do you think recording studios use $700 digital cables to connect their digital interfaces to their computers? If not, how is it possible that they manage not to get any errors in the recording of the music you listen to?
  14. colonelkernel8

    How do I convince people that audio cables DO NOT make a difference

    Why do you have to type out the entire name of the cable each time to mention it?
  15. colonelkernel8

    How do I convince people that audio cables DO NOT make a difference

    Paul McGowan is an embarrassing hack. As is the Chord engineer, something Watts, who claims people can hear "oscillating noise floors" down to -300dB, which I'm reasonably sure is the sound pressure you might measure at subatomic particle interactions.
  16. colonelkernel8

    How do I convince people that audio cables DO NOT make a difference

    So your cable is acting as a low pass filter? That doesn’t sound good.
  17. colonelkernel8

    How do I convince people that audio cables DO NOT make a difference

    Not at audible frequencies. Unless there is a capacitor or resistor or inductor soldered in line, then a cable will make no audible difference. In fact it's barely measureable up to 200kHz and beyond.
  18. colonelkernel8

    A DAC listening test challenge. Will it happen?

    Well of course. It wasn't going to happen anyway.
  19. colonelkernel8

    A DAC listening test challenge. Will it happen?

    None of these variables matter. It's your ears, so your ability to hear high frequencies will not change a test where both DACs can produce frequencies far beyond the human ability to hear with perfect linearity. "The only way to achieve a comparison is long term listening". This audiophile...
  20. colonelkernel8

    How do I convince people that audio cables DO NOT make a difference

    I'll take the enormous corpus of scientific data and papers on the subject from AES over your feelings on the subject. If we could ever actually do this test, you would lose. I say this with 100% certainty.
  21. colonelkernel8

    A DAC listening test challenge. Will it happen?

    Everything after the DAC would need to be identical and up to whoever is doing the listening. I'm not going to make the equally valid claim that all similarly measuring amps sound the same too. To avoid an overpriced design actually ruining the signal with distortion (you might as well add in...
  22. colonelkernel8

    The great DAP scam...

    That's a DSP effect, so pre DAC processing.
  23. colonelkernel8

    Impactful voice?

    Agree, it will lower the perceived volume, but you can just turn it up.
  24. colonelkernel8

    Testing audiophile claims and myths

    It's this in a nutshell. More often than not, there are terrible masters (mixed way too hot) for rereleases on CD and digital formats that were much better during the original LP release, but this is just a rule of thumb and I think modern sound engineers and mixers are getting the picture as...
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