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

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    51 63.75%
  • Sometimes

    20 25.00%
  • Never

    9 11.25%
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Thread: Do cables make a difference to your listening experience.

  1. #31
    Join Date: May 2009

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    I'm mostly far too lazy to be arsed with cable comparisons. Several years ago, I replaced some freebie cables with the then AoS flavour of the month cables. The FOTM cables sounded much worse, a finding that was greeted with disbelief here on AoS. Earlier this year, however, I swapped in a spare set of VdH cables in place of the set of freebies connecting my headphone amp to the preamp in the upstairs system, and the difference was immediately noticeable, and represented a considerable improvement. So, yes cables can and do make a difference, but different doesn't always equal better.

    In the downstairs system, by contrast, swapping around interconnects seems to make relatively little difference (but there's effectively only one swappable cable anyway, between the CDT and the amp/DAC, so not much scope for experimentation).

  2. #32
    Join Date: Jan 2009

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haselsh1 View Post
    In response to others who have posted here and clearly do not know how to listen, when I change cables in my system, my partner Sue and I can hear a clear difference. The difference we hear is as clear as crystal and the equivalent to a cartridge change.
    I don't listen to cables or anything else in my system. I simply make a substitution and if there is a change or a difference that is important to me I will hear it, whether I want to or not. After a week or two, I will reverse the substitution to see if the change was genuine or illusory. Then I have to decide if the change is an improvement or not, and thus make the substitution permanent.

    I have tried a dozen or so cables over the years, and whilst I have at times heard differences, they have been so slight as to not be worth worrying about.
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  3. #33
    Join Date: May 2008

    Location: Surrey

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    I'm Rob.


    I stopped using cables years ago.
    Buy Bose...And get your parking validated!.

  4. #34
    Join Date: Nov 2011

    Location: Wakefield west yorkshire

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    I'm James.


    Didn't the op ask for a simple yes/no type answer?
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  5. #35
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    I'm Geoff.


    Quote Originally Posted by Pieoftheday View Post
    Didn't the op ask for a simple yes/no type answer?

  6. #36
    Join Date: Jul 2013

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    Analogue: YES

    Digital: NO

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    AMPLIFIER: Cyrus DAC XP Signature+PSX-R2, 2 x Cyrus Mono X300 Signature
    SPEAKERS: Spendor D7.
    HEADPHONES OPPO PM-1 with Atlas Zeno cable, Arcam rHead, B&W C5v2, Chord Mojo/Poly
    CABLES: Analogue: Speaker - Chord Signature. Interconnect - Atlas Mavros XLR, Chord Shawline XLR, Chord Indigo Tuned ARAY, Chord Indigo Plus.
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  7. #37
    Join Date: Dec 2008

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    I'm Shaun.


    Ah but how does one determine whether the difference is better or not...? Sue and I can clearly hear a difference but how does one decide whether it is better or just different...? We now have a set of cables that we are happy with so to answer the original post 'yes' cables did make a difference to our experience.

  8. #38
    Join Date: Aug 2016

    Location: Kent UK

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    I'm Paul.


    Going from bell wire to heavy guage high strand count speaker wires did make a big difference but never fell for the 1000 interconnects being that much better than 50 interconnects nonsense.

    The laws of physics just does not back it up, Audiophools and their money syndrome again. Once their money is spent people will hear all sorts of unproven improvements just to justify their spending to themselves,
    Current setup Thorens TD-160 Mk1 with Denon DL-110 MC Cartridge, Pioneer A-70 Amp, Yamaha AX-592 Amp, Yamaha CDX-710 CD Player, Pioneer PD-4300 CD Player, Monitor Audio Bronze 5 speakers, Van-Damme Cables throughout.

  9. #39
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Wrexham, North Wales, UK

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    I'm AudioAl'sArbiterForPISHANTO.


    Quote Originally Posted by Puffin View Post
    I stopped using cables years ago.
    Same here, I just glue all my kit together. Sounds great.


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  10. #40
    Join Date: Aug 2009

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    I'm Martin.


    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.

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    Technics SL1200P CD Player * NVA P90SA passive pre / Krell KSA50S Power amp * JM Lab Electra 926 loudspeakers *

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