Possibly there is a double post, but I can't see the other post. Sorry if this is posted twiceSetup
ASUS Essence STX>Talisman T33H>MS-PRORCA cables
5 year old 1.5 metre VCR cables estimated value $0.50
New 3m* good quality $25 cables http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/200724727613 ... 1439.l2649
*I ordered 1.5metre cables but they sent 3m cables :O
Music: Metal to classical, and Flac to MP3 (320kbps to 128kbps)Hypothesis:
No noticeable difference.
The new RCA cables I had ordered had not yet arrived so for 20 hours I had to use bodgy cheap VCR RCA cables to connect my STX to the T33H. The sound coming out of my setup was very very good, which lead me to wonder if the cables will actually make any difference at all. With a speaker setup it has been shown in a blind test a layman would have extreme difficult telling the difference between $450 RCA cables and coat hangers.
There are measurable differences between the lowest end cables and decent cables, however like with the Beyerdynamic DT880 and T1 (where the T1 has 3 times the measurable distortion) this is outside the range that we can actually hear, most people will tell you the T1 sounds better.
Before switching cables, I played through 15 songs that were randomly selected from random genres, metal, rock, to classical and went through the same play list again with the different cables. Results:
I'm not an expert or a pro, however I did notice a slight improvement. Maybe a slight increase in bass response and impact, small increase in detail in the higher end. It does feel like the music has a bit more punch. The highs were slightly more round/detailed compared to before on one Daft Punk track, where I thought they were bordering on being shrill before. This wasn't a double blind test either, hence the title of the post. Conclusion:
In terms of quality of construction, the $25 dollar cables are worlds apart from the cheap cables. In terms of actual sound quality, I think there is a noticable slight improvement. If I was paying just for the increase in sound quality and not the increase in quality of construction, I think the $25 is only borderline worth it. Overall I am happy, though for sound quality alone probably good $5-10 rca cables will achieve the same result. I can't imagine a worthwhile improvement with the uber expensive cables that we have been joking about ($125-$2k). I think those cables have a place in recording studios but not so much in home sound setups. That being said, it is a function of how good your setup actually is, I'd say the cables shouldn't cost more than 1% of your setup cost. What are your thoughts? If anyone actually reads this stuff lol.
My talisman T33H amp only has about >20 hours of burn in, when its recommended for 60hours of burn in (from Talisman site), though they also recommend an hour to let the amp warm up, I noticed a big difference after 30 minutes but nothing really noticeable after that.
The new cables had no pre burn in, (lol), some claim cables need burn in too, though I think this is entirely a case of 'brain in', I can't see any evidence for cables needing long burn in times, I could be wrong though.
The new RCA cables connectors fit a little too securely, they were a little difficult getting on, and probably a pain in the ass if plugging/unplugging them often.