Photographers vs. Audiophiles (Part 2): Audio Woo

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Don_Campbell Senior Member • Posts: 2,874
Re: Photographers vs. Audiophiles (Part 2): Audio Woo

J A C S wrote:

Don_Campbell wrote:

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.

My research was to listen to my system.

Sorry, but that's personal perception and not science. That perception is totally useful in the price ranges you compared below and not irrelevant, just not science.

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.

It would be nice to know, indeed. But... we did hear the difference. Those were RCA type interconnects, BTW, not speaker 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.

If I remember well, the cost we between $30 and $60, and I compared it to the one included in the box when you buy a cheap DVD player, for example.

$30 would buy reasonable quality interconnects for a reasonable run of distance. That's a far piece different from "Hundreds of dollars...." from an "audiophile's" system.

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