Do you consider yourself an audiophile?

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Are you an audiophile?

  1. Yes

    21 vote(s)
    11.1%
  2. No

    70 vote(s)
    37.0%
  3. Audiophiles are deluded bullshitters

    98 vote(s)
    51.9%
  1. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    Why would changing the power cable affect the sound?
     
  2. 8ball

    8ball Considerably more oppressed than yow

    Mains hum. Potentially.
     
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  3. pesh

    pesh Well-Known Member

    ISWYDT :D
     
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  4. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    Absolute (sponsored) bullshit.

    It can't, unless there was something wrong with the original cable.
    The same applies to all other interconnects, speaker cables, etc.
     
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  5. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    The cheap guitar cable must have been a bit broken.... instrument cables are a bit different as they are subject to a lot of abuse so paying a bit more for a well made one is well worth it. But a working cheap lead would sound identical to a working expensive one (it's just the working cheap one will probably stop working quite quickly).
     
  6. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    But reading through those articles it seems that some people, who seem to know what they're on about, agree that there's some difference through various cables, no? Or is that just bollocks?
     
  7. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    Me personally I think it is bollocks. I'm no expert though.
     
  8. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    There may be a difference between a 99p cable, made from recycled dog shit in China, and a decent cable made from decent materials, but anything else is absolute nonsense, and anyone who tells you they can hear a difference between cables is a lying cunt.
     
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  9. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Regret, transience and disillusioned fortitude..

    Back in 78 I spent a lot of money on HiFi separates when I went onto full money at 21, I spent all i had saved and ended up using .5 Amp lighting flex for the speakers. It worked okay though some snobby mates sneered and took the piss, they were plasterers and loaded!
    two years later I bought some quite expensive speaker connect cables and it made no difference whatsoever!
    Lesson learned I then started wasting money on guitars!
     
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  10. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    I've got some pretty nice audio gear here. I use proper flat speaker cable for 2 speakers where I can't hide the cable. The rest of the speakers are wired with 2 core flex from an old electric lawnmower.
    If spending more money on cables would make it sound better, I'd probably spend it, but it doesn't, so I won't.
     
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  11. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Regret, transience and disillusioned fortitude..

    It definitely doesn't now after working for forty odd years in engineering and five years live mixing for metal bands through massive PA rigs in small venues! I heard that...I think.
     
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  12. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    Its just an electric circuit isnt it... as long as there's a connection. Its not sound coming down the wire.
     
  13. ATOMIC SUPLEX

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    I've done side to side tests with my US Jaguar and my squire Jagmaster. Obviously the Jagmaster has far less options (which actually makes it more reliable) but the difference was negligible. The Jag did slightly have the upper hand. . . . but not a grands worth. I also have a Telecaster Deluxe that's worth nearly £4000. . . . and that's a piece of shit. However, because there was some perceived excellence from this rare model, I successfully rented it out for recording sessions a few times in the late 80s.
     
  14. 8ball

    8ball Considerably more oppressed than yow

    Yeah, it broke soon after so can’t argue with that.
     
  15. badseed

    badseed Mighty but thin.

    I made some speaker cables from two lengths of old cat5 or 6 cable twisted together with banana plugs on the end and wrapped in a plastic cable sheath, they look and sound great. I often lie to people about the cost. I got the stuff from work it cost nothing.
    They don't sound any different to the generic speaker cable which I replaced.
     
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  16. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

  17. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

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  18. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

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  19. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    While the price for that is clearly ridiculous, a phono cartridge - like loudspeakers - is arguably one area where spending more could bring gains, due to the mechanical elements involved. Higher machining tolerances, the winding on the coil, precision of the needle etc.

    As ever though, whether any of that would make an audible difference after a certain point is somewhat debatable.
     
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  20. Farmer Giles

    Farmer Giles Well-Known Member

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  21. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    Audiophools in lying bastard shocker.
     
  22. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Cable burn-in -

    Send them money and your cables. They'll plug them into their magic box which will make them sound better.


    Part of me really hopes they actually just chuck them on a shelf somewhere, leave them for a few days then send them back. It'd be a brilliant scam :D
     
  23. BigTom

    BigTom Well-Known Member

    Fuck that, sounds like too much work. Just give them a fake address and have the post office return them to sender a few days later.
     
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  24. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    I salute your genius :D
     
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  25. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    Surely that has to be illegal, to acquire money by deception?
     
  26. 8ball

    8ball Considerably more oppressed than yow

    :D

    :hmm:
     
  27. fishfinger

    fishfinger تپلی

    If Gwyneth Paltrow can sell her goop nonsense then I don't see what the problem is?
     
  28. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    And then I realised that ALL audiophile bullshit is acquiring money by deception :facepalm:
     
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  29. 8ball

    8ball Considerably more oppressed than yow

    I guess if you sell it for so much that only rich dumb people could afford them...

    ...nah, still doesn't sit right. Plus if it ever came down to it, you'd need a lot of training in keeping a straight face in court. Or massive botoxing.
     
  30. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    :D
     

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