A Question About Reviews
Let me start by saying I don't want to start a war here. I'm just struggling to understand something.
The Mag tends to review equipment based on how it's percieved i.e. by looking at it or listening to it and to an extent by touching it and interacting with it. Fine no problem with this style at all.
Now the question - when it comes to cable and interconnect reviews I see words like opens up or brightens or adds depth and I struggle to make sense of it.
Would one not want what went in one end of a cable to be what came out of the other so to speak?
How can a cable add anything to an electronic signal unless it's distorting it or clipping it in some way?
I can see how a speaker cable can do this BTW depending on how its designed, given it's length as well, as you can clearly induce inductive and capacatitive effects. But these effects surely only serve to degrade the signal being transmitted? In which case would it not be the height of glowing praise to say that a cable leaves the signal unchanged?
I'm confused and given my poor quality ears, unable to hear many of these differences for myself. Please help.