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In Reply to: RE: The audioskeptic's mantra: posted by Mike K on April 15, 2021 at 08:01:11
AFAIK, Ted Denney is not an engineer or scientist, which means he is not hampered by the fact there is not much wiggle-room in 'designing' a cable from an electrical standpoint (i.e. resistance is set by the wire gauge, capacitance and inductance basically trade-off depending how close the conductors are so you can minimize one at the expense of the other). Gene is an engineer so he is constrained by his knowledge of what is possible electrically and so is less inclined to hear differences, or even bother to listen. Is Denney a savant, alchemist or someone who wanted to make money in audio and picked the highest margin segment?
The challenge is interesting. I cannot imagine that Synergistic cables are going to measure better than what Gene uses for his reference. And Ted could simply ship one to him for measurement. Maybe he is hoping Gene will hear his reference system and have a damascene conversion!
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For my part, I have no criticism of the cables or power cords that I would base on "science". I am sure they do what they are supposed to do when in use. If you like them, you like them. What irks me are some of the other products that rely upon untenable explanations for their value. And of course, SR is not the only company in that "field" of endeavor. At least they do offer the 30-day money-back guarantee.
I'm not a fan of SR. There is an example of a SR product design that claims to be transformative in nature, but in my estimation the result simply cannot be due to any treatment, no matter how advanced it may be. A tweak, otherwise known as a treatment tends to improve performance in a subtle or notably impressive manner, but to claim to build a pretty purse out of a sow's ear is taking things a bit too far, with claims based on potentially overwhelming, self-serving pride in one's own proprietary design concepts. I've never been drawn to any product that is marketed with too much hyperbolic text, rather being more attracted to products that sell themselves through word of mouth reports.
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