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RE: CES has become a major embarrasment for this hobby

Well I'm in the spend $25 max for USB cables camp for video. There is zero diference in video cables and they were tested by video gurus in Canada - there is ZERO measurable difference in ANY and ALL parameters and no one watching could tell the cheapies apart from the very expensive. Zilch.

For audio - at least cables do measure differently - there is "something" there that you can hang your hat to - even if it's outside the supposed audible spectrum. "Selling cables is safer than stealing and easier than working."

Magico has sounded nice - just nowhere near the price points IME. The Acoustic Zen Crescendo is much better than anything I've heard from Magico - better than anything I've heard from Wilson too. Fractions of the price.

That's me calling it like I hear it. Problem is when reviewers say something negative people get on their case - look at Stereophile saying something luke warm (kinda negative) about Bryston - the S hit the fan.

The problem is that people are "afraid" to look bad. People, including reviewers, often wish to placate the masses - and be viewed as part of the club.

If you say something about cables being overpriced or snake-oil you as a reviewer are taking chances of losing most of your readership. The magazines that did are no longer in business! And hey they at least measure differently. USB does not. Still, if it costs $9500 it must be better - it just MUST be cause look at the price.

I met a cable seller who had a terrific professional website selling silver cables. This guy made them in his garage - has no degree in anything, and has a silk screen company putting his label on the skin. People raved about great they are. Whatever - at least he didn't charge obscene prices - but he did drive a new Lincoln and had a big house in prime area of Vancouver Island. Like I said ""Selling cables is safer than stealing and easier than working."




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