Photographers vs. Audiophiles (Part 2): Audio Woo

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Don_Campbell Senior Member • Posts: 2,883
Re: Photographers vs. Audiophiles (Part 2): Audio Woo

J A C S wrote:

Crash N Burn wrote:

That great thread ended with Don Campbell's interesting post:


Don, I don't know if you read that entire thread, but some people there spent hundreds of dollars on audio cables.

Do you have any words of advice for people tempted to go down that road and who subscribe to "audio woo"--the various vague and unsupported claims for getting better sound quality most often peddled by hobbyist psuedoscientists?

As a scientist, my advice is to be skeptical to everybody who claims that what you hear and feel is pseudo-science and he can explain to you why is that so. As a former audiophile I can tell you that I have heard difference between cables, confirmed by my wife whose sole purpose in life at that time was to make me spend less. There are other claims in that link which contradict my experience.

As a scientist, my laboratory research was deeply dependent my  personal construction and daily use of high gain, ultra-low noise analog electronics and D-to-A and A-to-D instrumentation. You have not said what field of science you are in, but I would suggest that regardless it would probably be useful to know what the underlying physics was in the differences you and your wife found in these cables.

Starting from what you and your wife say was an inferior cable for the job and going up in quality to one you like can include a huge range of possible costs (and sometimes no added cost, but a different make or design). Without knowing the physical, electronic or optical details that make up the difference in what you hear then you don't really know what you need to buy at what price to get the ideal audio you are looking for. If it was only a few dollars difference it might be irrelevant but if were talking big bucks, a bit of understanding of the underlying physics might be financially rewarding.

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