- Jun 20, 2001
Jude gave me this idea, and for all I know it might be a common practice. But who cares, I'm gunna share it anyway! This test requires that you have two pairs of relatively decent cables, say for around $40 apiece. Obviously you can do this with very high quality interconnects as well, but I figure if you don't believe cables make a difference, you're not going to have $300 cables lying around the house. They have to be different, of course. Anyway, put in one pair and listen for a while. then replace one cable with a cable from the other pair, so one cable from either pair is in the system at the same time, and listen. I just did this with a pair of Outlaw PCA's and a pair of Dimarzio M-Paths and was rather impressed. it's far from difficult to hear the differences between the two! Headphones are perfect for this test because there is little to no crosstalk between the two channels (assuming you don't have crossfeed on), so they both remain as different from the other as possible. If you try this test, the sound should be somewhat confusing because there are enough differences between the two channels to throw the brain off. This should convince even the most firm disbeliever, provided they actually listen. have fun!