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Title: High Fidelity Cables
Post by: obsidian on April 15, 2017, 10:46:03 AM
Is this legit or just smoke & mirrors?  $1300 for an XLR cable seems a bit much.

https://www.audiogon.com/listings/interconnects-high-fidelity-cables-reveal-xlr-2-5-meter-2017-04-12-cables-75069-mc-kinney-tx
Title: Re: High Fidelity Cables
Post by: goodcooker on April 15, 2017, 01:28:34 PM

I say this is snake oil. $2K to get all the electrons in the cable to go through the very center of the conductive path instead of spread equally through the conductor?

To each his own though. When I was making silver mic cables people said they were way overpriced. I still use silver coated copper mil spec cables for most things but if you use good quality, shielded, balanced cables at just about any price you should be good to go. I still use el cheapo Hosa stereo 1/4 inch balanced cables in my playback system. Sounds pretty good to me.
Title: Re: High Fidelity Cables
Post by: kingdong on April 15, 2017, 09:17:34 PM
Wow, I hadn't really looked at that site before.  There sure seems to be a LOT of snake oil there.  These were two of my favorites…
https://www.audiogon.com/listings/tweaks-synergistic-research-tesla-plex-se-wall-outlet-quantum-tunneled-with-2-million-volts-2017-04-11-accessories-92307-apple-valley-ca
and
https://www.audiogon.com/listings/tweaks-synergistic-research-mig-2-0-brutus-award-2015-2017-04-11-accessories-92307-apple-valley-ca

I found the wall outlet to be particularly funny with this picture which does not look like it would allow them to "apply a two million volt signal to each individual unit, at a specific pulse modulation and an ultra high frequency, for an exact duration of time, transforming the outlet at the molecular level. "
Title: Re: High Fidelity Cables
Post by: Ben Turnbull on April 18, 2017, 05:31:16 AM
I find that in the absence of having $2000 and a burning desire to know the difference, that my speaker cables  (http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/1000/2e/2edf73f9-747a-42a3-bcfc-1bbacb7f5806_1000.jpg)do just fine. 
Title: Re: High Fidelity Cables
Post by: morst on April 18, 2017, 06:42:55 AM
I find that in the absence of having $2000 and a burning desire to know the difference, that my speaker cables  (http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/1000/2e/2edf73f9-747a-42a3-bcfc-1bbacb7f5806_1000.jpg)do just fine.
ew, orange, really? They might SOUND ok...
Title: Re: High Fidelity Cables
Post by: kingdong on April 18, 2017, 02:30:58 PM
I find that in the absence of having $2000 and a burning desire to know the difference, that my speaker cables  (http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/1000/2e/2edf73f9-747a-42a3-bcfc-1bbacb7f5806_1000.jpg)do just fine.

I hope you plugged it into a wall receptacle for 31 hours 41 min 59 sec for proper pi electron conditioning before cutting off the ends.  It really brings things full circle.
Title: Re: High Fidelity Cables
Post by: lsd2525 on April 18, 2017, 03:20:57 PM
Is it sanitized for my protection?
Title: Re: High Fidelity Cables
Post by: twatts (that "Pants" thing is so lame...) on April 18, 2017, 04:13:56 PM
I find that in the absence of having $2000 and a burning desire to know the difference, that my speaker cables  (http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/1000/2e/2edf73f9-747a-42a3-bcfc-1bbacb7f5806_1000.jpg)do just fine.

http://www.stereophile.com/content/diy-cables

I had some of those DIY Home Depot cables for a while.  Sounded fine.  I gave them away to a friend when I bought some fancy TS DIY cables...

Terry
Title: Re: High Fidelity Cables
Post by: Ben Turnbull on April 19, 2017, 06:18:44 AM
ew, orange, really? They might SOUND ok...

Orange is the new SCC   :yack:  Actually, what I used was an outdoor, winter grade, 14/3 in a nice red.  Very festive and manageable.  I have some short 12/3 runs, in yellow, hitting my JBL TL80's
Title: Re: High Fidelity Cables
Post by: Jhurlbs81 on May 25, 2017, 08:00:30 AM
Save your 2k and invest in these magical crystals. Your ears will thank you. \sarc

http://www.machinadynamica.com/machina31.htm
Title: Re: High Fidelity Cables
Post by: Fried Chicken Boy on June 01, 2017, 10:50:48 PM
$1300 for XLR cables??  Pshaw, a mere pittance!  You need to invest in these $13,000 AudioQuest cables. ;D  Discontinued, but some of the reviews and Q&A section are pure gold. >

https://www.amazon.com/audioquest-terminated-speaker-cable-discontinued/dp/b000j36xr2

More good'uns in this thread. > http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=174158.0 (http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=174158.0)
Title: Re: High Fidelity Cables
Post by: heathen on June 05, 2017, 07:23:08 PM
This is a classic: http://forums.audioholics.com/forums/threads/speakers-when-is-good-enough-enough.2512/page-2#post-15412 (comparing Monster Cable to coat hangers)

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After 5 tests, none could determine which was the Monster 1000 cable or the coat hanger wire. Further, when music was played through the coat hanger wire, we were asked if what we heard sounded good to us. All agreed that what was heard sounded excellent, however, when A-B tests occured, it was impossible to determine which sounded best the majority of the time and which wire was in use.