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    Do they?
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    In some cases NO but with a dynamic changing signal and a with a constantly changing frequency / amplitude/impedance loads and a power pack that hates load changes oh YES.
    But the key is can you hear it? Is it in your mind ? How much do external physical object i.e. the room and it furniture effect what you hear or not.
    Some lucky devils never hear a improvement or a change, other like me do. It is a real nightmare of a subject and has many controversial response , from "Great Scott" to "Snakeoil" all are valid it is what you hear that matters. And at what cost to your pocket. If you cant hear any useful improvement then save the money and have a good evening out at a concert. ( Oh tell us what one you went to please)

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    Its a case of the Kenny Dalgleish's
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    I like blue ones, with nice fat, brass plugs on the end... Don't ask why!

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    I love 60A 3 Phase cable fitted with 6 inch Gold plated nails, OK it sounds crap but then others see it, and it confirms there worst fear "He is Mad" and run away so I keep the coffee mmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    I like blue ones, with nice fat, brass plugs on the end... Don't ask why!

    Marco.
    big purple ones are best so I'm told
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    When 'fully engorged' mate, after it turns purple, it goes blue!

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    I recall having read in a popular magazine that the writers were shocked and pleased to hear major differences in cables! (1986) So, trying to keep an open mind on the subject. My wife at that time and I went to my favorite salon to pose the question. He took the time to demonstrate 4 sets of cables. Between the preamp and amp of a system of similar price to what I owned. A B&K Sonata if I recall. And we all heard the same thing. My wife and I were in total agreement of what their differences were. None were life and death, or the difference one hears between a $1000 and a $2000 CD player. But, there was a difference. And the most expensive was not our favorite. I bought the pair and once home, replacing the tiny Siamese give away wires I was using, the improvement was evident to both of us, and in the exact same ways. I do not subscribe to mass hallucinations, if two or more people see or hear the exact same thing, there must be something to it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphaGT View Post
    I recall having read in a popular magazine that the writers were shocked and pleased to hear major differences in cables! (1986) So, trying to keep an open mind on the subject. My wife at that time and I went to my favorite salon to pose the question. He took the time to demonstrate 4 sets of cables. Between the preamp and amp of a system of similar price to what I owned. A B&K Sonata if I recall. And we all heard the same thing. My wife and I were in total agreement of what their differences were. None were life and death, or the difference one hears between a $1000 and a $2000 CD player. But, there was a difference. And the most expensive was not our favorite. I bought the pair and once home, replacing the tiny Siamese give away wires I was using, the improvement was evident to both of us, and in the exact same ways. I do not subscribe to mass hallucinations, if two or more people see or hear the exact same thing, there must be something to it.


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    Thanks for sharing. My experiences are all over the map. I've tried different cables on different components, and experienced variety of subjective impressions. Sometimes I was not able to hear any differences, sometimes I was startled at the magnitude of a difference a lowly cable can make. My conclusion is that, empirically speaking, it's pretty much on a case-to-case basis. There doesn't seem to be a cut-and-dry formula that guarantees if you get this cable or that cable, you will hear improvements. It all depends on your particular configuration (including your speaker positioning and your listening room).
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    Do all apples have pips?

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