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General speaker questions for audio and home theater.

Ah yes...

The, "If you can't hear the difference in cables" arguments...

We've heard them before.

"You've never heard really good cables." Of course we haven't!

"Your system is not 'resolving' enough." Of course it's not!

"You're must not be a 'sophisticated listener'." At my age it's a wonder I can hear at all!

Never heard:

"Cables don't make near as much difference as the high-end cable manufactures would like you to believe they do."

But it's probably the truth.

Recall a number of years ago visiting with a 'name brand' speaker manufacturer who designed and sold very expensive speakers. Couldn't help but notice the outrageously expensive cables he used to demo his speakers at shows. His view? If he didn't use 'mega-buck' speaker cables at shows, a fair percentage of audiophiles visiting his room would not take his speakers seriously.

"At this price point, they expect speakers to be demoed with expensive, high end cables, whether they are worth it or not and the cable companies lets me use the for free for as long as I want."

Didn't dare ask him what he used at home. :-)

In my experience, the smaller the signal the more important the cable.

Tonearm cable? Yep, very sensitive to cables.

Speaker cable? Not so much, IMNSHO. OK, not lamp cord. Power tool cord, maybe? :-)

But seriously, for short runs (1-4 meter?), I'd be happy with home brew Canare Star Quad (4S11) at less that $1 a foot. And if a mega-buck cable sounds a lot 'different', it's likely because it's doing something to the signal that is NOT necessarily good!

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