Audio Cables, do they make a difference

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Audio Cables, do they make a difference

Postby wild99 » Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:51 pm

Just plugged some Audioquest Golden Gate audio cables into my computer audio system.
This particular one is replacing a Belkin cable of the same length.
Who here thinks I will hear a difference and who thinks the whole cable thing is a myth.

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Re: Audio Cables, do they make a difference

Postby wild99 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:44 pm

Until yesterday I was firmly in the I don't think so category and now it looks like I have to buy a bunch of new cables.
This particular cable is a 2.0 m long 3.5 to 3.5 analogue signal from the DAC to the amplifier.
Some A, B, blind testing this morning with a few friends confirmed what I knew as soon as I plugged the new cable in and pressed play.
The Audio Quest cable released the mid-range that I didn't know I was missing, this has once again brought my desktop set up to as good as listening to my headphones.

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Re: Audio Cables, do they make a difference

Postby Marcus » Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:59 pm

It has to be a DBT for the testing to be valid ;)
http://www.zdnet.com/article/coat-hange ... ker-cable/
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/07 ... ifference/
http://www.audioholics.com/audio-video- ... and-cables


If you're hearing a major or significant difference then there's probably something actually faulty with one of the cables being tested.
Technically if cables make a significant difference there should be just as much chance of you not liking a more expensive cable over a less expensive one because sound quality tends to be subjective.
Case in point : "technically better" headphones with the flattest, most accurate response tend to be less popular than ones with a more coloured sound.

Either way, I highly recommend a proper double blind test where you compare more than 2 different interconnects under proper experiment conditions, otherwise your brain WILL play tricks on your perception.
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Re: Audio Cables, do they make a difference

Postby GougMan » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:53 am

I think better quality cables do make a difference. However, saying that, I think you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on upgrading them.

For example, when I first set up my home theatre, I used a cheap cable (that came in the box with the DVD or PVR I can't remember which) to connect the subwoofer. When I started playing around with the setup of the AV and using HDMI cables instead of optical and component video, I decided to buy a better quality coax cable from my trusted hi-fi store (around $40-$50 from memory) and the sound was much tighter and more accurate than before.

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Re: Audio Cables, do they make a difference

Postby Marcus » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:10 am

There's generally a difference between extremely low quality unshielded and anything else, but even then there are arguments.
I believe having the correct impedance of cable can make a difference, but again DBT or GTFO ;)
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