The cable debate (Oh NO!!) SORRY
Mains cables, interconnects, speaker cables - so many debate their effects whilst others suggest it is less than voodoo. I cant believe i am even contributing to this debate. But !
Will WHF do a blind test with cables? How many cable adverts are there in WHF? Without suggesting any non-independance would it make sense to tell readers that many of their advertisers are voodoo? But anyway, WHF believe in cables since they frequently compare them and analyse their qualities and recommend particular cables. Hence WHF believe in the importance of cables and their effect on a system.
Personally I am unconvinced. I have 'decent' cables and they may have an overall effect on the SQ but replacing individual cables have never been significant IMO. I do think that the position of speakers, careful setup and room treatment is very significant and pound for pound these areas can produce the best improvements. Biwire/Biamp the jury is still out but I have not found any benefit in my room. Its been said a thousand times - audition cables if possible and try careful A/B testing. Otherwise buy decent but not OTT cables and look for improvements in other (often cheaper but more effective) areas.
I wonder why there are so many contentious issues in this world of HiFi. Maybe its because we all have different ears? After all, we all have different taste buds and noses and ... Time for my pills - must go - nursey calling.
Where did this rant come from? Oct Issue P68. Speaker cables. Each cable is defined in precise detail. I wonder how these conclusions were made. How many people were involved with the comments? What equipment was used? Was any testing equipment used or just personal listening? Who knows?