CABLING and ACCESSORIES - Let the flames begin.
I would like to start a debate on a subject that I believe will promote some very different opinions being aired. I request that the forum stay as civil as possible because I would really like to hear both sides of the story. I do have my own opinions, but they are mainly unsubstantiated so I will stay balanced on the fence for now.
Speaker Cable - I have come from a background of Competition Car Audio systems and appreciate the need for cable able to carry high current rather than the "bell wire" used many years ago. I have always selected the cable from the current (Ampere) requirements, ie 1.5mm, 2.5mm, 4mm or 6mm, but someone please justify directional and cable costing over £25/m? I have on occasion needed to replace speaker drivers on speakers, and recently on a £1000 pair of floorstanders from a very well known and respected manufacturer, I replaced a 10" bass driver that was internally wired with..........bell wire!!!
Interconnects - I appreciate tight fitting, gold plated terminalisation and well screened cable, in larger core sizes for slightly longer runs, but who can tell the difference between a £50 RCA digital lead and a £200 one? It's a digital signal, whats the benefit?
Mains Processors - Did your equipment manufacturer cut so many corners in the production of the power supply for your unit that you really need to use a £100 mains lead to plug it into anything other than a portable generator?
Equipment Feet - Is the circuit isolation so poor on an AMPLIFIER costing £2500 that a "noticeable improvement" can be heard sticking £25 worth of rubber feet under it? Also, one minute we are advised to fit spikes under the equipment and the next minute rubber feet! What's the ruling here?
Are we at a point in our hobby where unless you have a purpose built studio environment in your house, then pulling the curtains, having a thinner pile carpet, removing the scatter cushions on the sofa or even opening/closing the door will make substantially more difference than a £250 interconnect?
Is it a sad tribute to our hobby that many have spent thousands on quality audio equipment, SACD, DVD-A etc, and compressed MP3 has wiped the floor with it in popularity? Is there even a place for MP3 in the Hi-Fi world? Geez, it's like using a walkman as a CD deck or FM Tuner!
FIRE EXTINGUISHER AT THE READY, He he he.