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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!

    Marco.
    "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do". - Milan Kundera.

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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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    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    IMUTO TAURUS X4 BATTERY SUPPLY. - RPI2B & AUDIOPHONICS DAC running MOODE 3.6- TONBRUX BATTERY SUPPLY & CHROMECAST2 AUDIO DONGLE no1 - JBE SERIES 3 SLATEDECK & EMOTIVA XPS-1 PHONO - DENON DV2900 & HEAVILY MODDED MF X10v3. BERESFORD SWITCHBOX. - TWIN PRO MONOBLOCK AMPLIFIERS. - XIANG SHENG DAC\PRE\HEADPHONE AMP. -AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-MSR7 HEADPHONES - WIN10 JRIVER22, SPOTIFY PREMIUM- OPPO PM-3 PLANAR HEADPHONES, KINPS CABLES, SMSL M6 MINIDAC, CHROMECAST2 AUDIO DONGLE no2 POWERED BY ANKER BATTERY PSU - FULL RANGE TWIN & SINGLE TELEFUNKEN's - TANDBERG TCD310 - CARTS.. AT95 Shibata, SHURE M55E original, JVC MD1029. - RCA CABLES BY BRIAN SPKR CABLES BY MOI HAIR BY MARCO FEET BY ELECTRICBEACH - MAINS REGENERATED BY POWERINSPIRED AND FILTERED BY BELKIN PUREAV.

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    When 'fully engorged' mate, after it turns purple, it goes blue!

    Marco.
    "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do". - Milan Kundera.

    "Your validity or worth are not defined or determined by the views of others with their own superimposed agendas". - Pharos (on AoS)

    My system:

    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & baseplate/Mike New ETP platter/Bruil record weight/Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat. Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead. Ortofon RS-212D tonearm/'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard. Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver-Litz tonearm cable, with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs. Cartridges: Denon DL-S1 in AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead-wire. Denon DL-103C1 in '103U' headshell with AT-609 silver lead-wire. Vintage Denon DL-103AU in AT-Ti15ANV Titanium Headshell. Shure M55E in Denon PCL-300 headshell with 6N silver lead-wire. Shure original USA SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Raspberry Pi-3 Model B and IQaudio Pi-DAC+/Paul Hynes SR3DR-05 linear PSU/Williams Audio NAS linear PSU. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. Stereo Coffee LDR. Head-amp: Paul Hynes design/SR5 PSU. Also modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A P/P Copper amp with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT150s. Speakers: 'Lockwood Majors', using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Also Celestion Ditton 15XRs. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones’). Hi-Fi Racks Podium T/T wall shelf. Sony ST-5055L tuner. Cables: Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core mains leads, fitted with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363Rs. Stereo interconnects: Sommer Carbokab 225 (with silver-plated MS Audio non-metallic POM RCAs). Speaker cable: VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II. Digital coaxial cable: 1m Trompeter Electronics Triax TRC-75-2, with MS Audio ‘Starline' silver-plated RCAs. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.

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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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