Desperation is setting in. That reminds me, I must replace the mains lead on my kettle to improve the taste of my morning cuppa. Does Russ stock proper kettle leads?
I put my HiFi mains lead on the kettle without telling my wife, she made me a cup of tea and it did taste different.
Found out we had run out of decaf tea bags and had to use caffinated ones..
AV System - Panasonic 42VT30 ¦ MA Apex 5.1- 4xA10 1xA40+ AW-12 Sub ¦ Van Damme UP LCOFC Speaker Cable ¦ Pioneer SC-LX85 ¦ OPPO 95 ¦ Mark Grant G1500HD Precision audio cable ¦ Sky+ HD(1TB) ¦ Chord Active HDMI ¦ Furutech Mains Cables ¦ Belkin PF50 mains conditioner.
Bedroom - Sony KDL-40W2000 + Archos 7 streaming from Windows Home Server 2011, Altec Lansing inAir 5000.
Dining Room - Sonos S5.
Music - HP Proliant Server running WHS 2011 ¦ streaming FLAC to Sonos ZP90 and OPPO 95 via SC-LX85.
Hi Fi - Cyrus 8 XPd QX amp ¦ Cyrus PSX-R power supply acting as Pre Amp ¦ Quad 909 Power Amp ¦ Speakers - Spendor A3 ¦ Logitech Squeezebox Touch upgrade by Fidelity Audio ¦ power supply upgrade by Mains Cables R Us ¦ Furutech Mains Cables ¦ Power Plant Premier mains regenerator.
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At the risk of going off at another tangent, pretty all the comparison tests of cables that I recall have started with the allegedly inferior product first. It is rare to start with the top of the range stuff then revert to the standard or cheaper version.
Hi-Fi: Krell KAV-300cd, Michell TecnoDec/RB250/Grado Prestige Black1, KAV-300i amp, Transparent balanced interconnects and bi-wire to Sonus faber Concerto grand piano speakers, Nakamichi ZX-7 cassette deck, Logitech Squeezebox Touch, Hitachi FT-5500 and Sony S570ES tuners, BCD Engineering stand, RA Powerlink, Chord powerchord, Grado SR60i cans.
AV: Sony Bravia KDL-32EX503 telly, BDP-S370 player with QED HDMI. Currently unused: Denon AVR-1705, DVD-1710, KEF KHT1005.2
hi all,just putting my 50 pence worth,what i cant understand is,how is it when the likes of nordost ,shunyata ,russ andrews,chord,xlo,wireworld and many other that i could mention ,sell thousands of cables every year,why is that the guys who buy them me included me allways go back and buy another one does this mean are hearing gets worse for every cable we buy lol,this cable debate will never be won,but i dont think it's fair to knock the guys who are prepared to give the cables a go.were not asking the people who dont believe to go out and buy one,were just reporting what we hear.cheers david
It's one of those instances when you shouldn't trust your ears.
so what your saying trev c,that the thousands of people that have bought mains cables all have problems with there hearing,and all the companys that produce mains cables are liars and thives,as i said before no one telling you to buy ,but dont knock guys that do buy them.david
pioneer lx 508d / arcam bdp100 / klyne 7 preamp / monachy power amp / kochel horn loaded speakers / xlo limited edition cables and power chords / russ andrews power block / chord hdmi cable
No, he is not saying that thousands of people have problems with their hearing. He is saying that if you spend a lot of money on a cable and expect it to sound better then it may well do to you , regardless if it makes any real difference. There are countless experiments that show that is how people behave and this is to do with the brain, not the ears. I recently bought an SACD of a favourite album and was convinced it sounded better with a lot of new detail. I then compared with the original CD and found all the supposed new detail was already there - I was simply listening very carefully and expecting a difference for the SACD, which was imaginary. As to the second part, sorry but I do think that the companys who make expensive mains cables knowingly make a product that does not improve sound in the slightest and would be out of business if it were up to me.
so what your saying trev c,that the thousands of people that have bought mains cables all have problems with there hearing,and all the companys that produce mains cables are liars and thives.david
There is a lot of technical sounding gobbledygook on the internet desiged to deceive the unwary, CNo posted some. I've not criticized anyone's hearing either.If you want to waste your money, fine, go right ahead, but there is no possibility that a mains lead affects sound quality.
Arcam Alpha 9/9P amps and Alpha 9 CD all extensively modified by Fidelity Audio (level 3+), Acoustic Energy speakers, Fidelity Audio NNU X Reference Mains Filter, quality cables & interconnects, Sony AV.
in all fairness you could say that about an amp cd player,a tv and so on you could listen to an amp for £300 pound and then listen to an amp that cost £1000 pounds,is also possiable that you should'nt trust your ears because one sound better than the other,our ears are the tools that we choose are hifi products,just because some people dont hear a diffrence between one product and another dose'nt mean there is'nt one.as you said if people want to waste there money thats upto them,but i dont feel that i have wasted mine.to me you seem 100% sure mains cables dont work ,may i ask which ones you have tryed that makes you so sure.the guys of what hifi have tryed quite a few and in many cases find the do make an improvement or are they wrong to.cheers david
in all fairness you could say that about an amp cd player,a tv and so on you could listen to an amp for £300 pound and then listen to an amp that cost £1000 pounds,is also possiable that you should'nt trust your ears because one sound better than the other
Didn't you get the memo? All competent amps sound the same (subject to certain provisos).
Oh, and digital sources too
Observe the signature in its natural habitat.
What do people think of this article? http://www.shunyata.com/Content/DTCD.html
Some scientific evidence for power cables making a difference, other than my ears.
They make the things! Independent evidence is useful.
From the article:
NOTE: DTCD tests are an extreme test of the limits of power cord performance and do not represent normal operation into a power supply.
So I am not sure what useful information the tests provide. In general, I would be very dubious about tests carried out by the manafacturer.
hi all ,as trev c said that we should'nt trust our ears ,i would like to know how do we go about buying our hifi products,do we go into are local storesjust to look but not listen,because we cant trust our ears.some people find when buying a mains cable that they get a small improvement lets say for instance cd player but a larger one in an amp, i also agree in some system dont make an improvement,but unless you try you wont find out.as they say dont knock it until you tryed it.lol cheers david:rofl: :rofl:
The tests have no purpose other than to deceive.
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