And I've seen similar tests on cabling, with very similar results (although I am actually guilty of perhaps overspending on "superextragood" cables both in my car and in my home...oh well, the money's gone now).
Wire is wire is wire. Heavy duty lamp cord will sound as good as anything.
So audio cables are the ones that let you have the capacitance you talked over earlier sorted?
John Dunlavy, who manufactures audiophile loudspeakers and wire to go with it, does think questioning is valid. A musician and engineer, Mr. Dunlavy said as an academic exercise he used principles of physics relating to transmission line and network theory to produce a high-end cable. "People ask if they will hear a difference, and I tell them no," he said. Mr. Dunlavy has often gathered audio critics in his Colorado Springs lab for a demonstration. "What we do is kind of dirty and stinky," he said. "We say we are starting with a 12 WAG zip cord, and we position a technician behind each speaker to change the cables out." The technicians hold up fancy-looking cables before they disappear behind the speakers. The critics debate the sound characteristics of each wire. "They describe huge changes and they say, 'Oh my God, John, tell me you can hear that difference,'" Mr. Dunlavy said. The trick is the technicians never actually change the cables, he said, adding, "It's the placebo effect."
wierd as he does sell these things yet says you wont hear it!?? why is he selling them then
...Anyways i've seen links and discussions on this before, i thought it'd be good to try and collect all of this in one place...
"beginners pack" We are offering to new customers a "beginners pack" consisting of a pack of Rainbow Foil, a jar of Cream-Electret, half a metre of Spiratube and two Red Ring Ties on crocodile clips and samples of three of the Morphic Message Foils for the inclusive price of 50 UK pounds or 75 US dollars or 75 Euros
I sent for the free sample of Silver Rainbow Foil being offered at the time. Upon receipt of the foil, I applied the small strips to a number of CDs and then froze the discs, twice, in my refrigerator per Mr. Belt's instructions. The foiled and frozen CDs sounded better than they had prior to the treatment.
Mr. Belt's products change our perception of the sound coming from our audio system. The sound is not changed in any way--it is our brain's interpretation of the sound that is changed. This is not the sort of concept that receives great acceptance in the mainstream audio press--you know, the people who say there is no difference between zip cord and Nordost cables.
It's silly. Do they rewire their CD players and amps (the inside circuits) to improve quality? Of course not, unless they're truly certifiable.
Anyways i've seen links and discussions on this before, i thought it'd be good to try and collect all of this in one place.. I'm sure somewhere i got a stereophile article off someone on here (dibrom?!) about a blind test they did with interconnect or spaeaker wire.. using real cheap wire compared to some mid range hifi interconnect... few people managed to spot it... if any blindly...
Gold plating on the other hand, is useless unless both connectors are gold or you live immediately adjacent to a body of salt water. Galvanic corrosion ensures that Ni plated -> Au plated interconnections cause the Ni plating to corrode faster than it would with Ni -> Ni or Au-> Au connections.
First of all Galvanic Corrosion (or electroplating as it commonly known) would be generally accelerated by saltwater of other electrolytic fluids, so obviously you would want matched metals near the sea.
it just will not electroplate anything but aluminium.
Also, Gold does not naturally oxidise, whereas Nickel does