View Poll Results: Do cables make a difference to your listening experience.

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  • Nearly Always

    49 63.64%
  • Sometimes

    19 24.68%
  • Never

    9 11.69%
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  1. #41
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    Well, if you click on the number of votes, listed under each answer option, you can see who's voted for what...

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  2. #42
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Could do with a few more votes on this. It's interesting.

    So far 12% say they never hear a difference. I mean I voted 'sometimes', but 'never'? Can't get my head round that.
    Maybe they've just never bothered experimenting with cables. Just hooked the stuff together and left well alone, saving themselves £££s and a lot of grief in the process.

  3. #43
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    each to their own I guess. Interesting that 2/3 do almost always.only 14% dont ever. Proves we are mostly mad, or mostly sane eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    Proves we are mostly mad, or mostly sane eh?
    Well I'm totally sane.....apart from the bits when I go funny!
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  5. #45
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    Yes - Nearly Always
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    fascinating to see the poll . i see most think they do make a difference . if you did the same poll on some other forums it would be very different methinks ! . i do find they make a difference but not always
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  7. #47
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    Yes, a subtle one, but still worthwhile for that extra 5% or whatever.
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    More of a snapshot of the inmates than anything else.
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  9. #49
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    I find that cables make a significant difference to the sound of my system. Without them dynamics are severely curtailed and detail retrieval suffers badly!

  10. #50
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    Seriously though,

    if your poll is to reveal anything you need to look at rephrasing the question.

    You should be asking how much of a diference cables make rather than whether they make a difference per se. I would suggest you offer four categorical responses such as:

    none
    noticeable but not significant
    significant and worthwhile
    major

    I would be interested in learning the responses to this poll!

    Geoff

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