Oh for goodness sake, when is this going to end? Mains, Speaker, interconnect, USB, even Cat 5/6/7 cables MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Yes, there are cables which are really cheap which sound good, There are expensive cables which are a total rip-off. Decide what you are willing to pay. Listen to lots of cables. Ignore dealers/producers who will not let you try-before-you-buy. Then buy the best you can afford and ENJOY YOUR MUSIC. Idiots about in both the 'makes no difference' and 'this cable has changed my life' camps. There are seriously expensive cables which make a serious amount of difference and there are some which don't (made by shysters - you know who you are) and there are some real bargains which add much more listening enjoyment than indicated by their price. Stop this puerile fundamentalism and listen! (You may note I have deliberately refrained from recommending my favourites).
Cat 5/6/7? you are just trying to wind us up, surely you cannot believe that?
Knowing more sometimes can be more confusing. When it comes to pleasure of music, I rather one to trust their own ears eventhough there is white paper by Albert Einstein himself saying the opposite.
And its for the OP to take any advices with a pinch of salt. This is not a textbook exercise of which there is a clear right or wrong.
Play a track today and play it again next week without changing anything in your set up. I will be surprised if there isn't even a slight different in sound.
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Knowing more sometimes can be more confusing.
Brilliant. A career in stand up awaits.
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Or middle management
And the main advice above is actually borrow and decide by yourself...
Borrow because the question by OP is related to cost of the cable.... To avoid him spending extreme amount of money unnecesarily.
This is hifi and music. Make a decision base on what one hears, not based on what other people hear, or whatever a 6 page long thread on 1s and 0s discussion trying to prove or whatever a review says. YMYD.
Yes this is hifi and music, and people should make decisions based on what they hear, but they should also know what can effect sound quality and what can't, so they know what's worth demoing and what isn't.
USB cables are not worth demoing because they have no effect on sound quality.
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2 from 2!
There is no clear right and wrong on the subject. One party says one thing and the other says the opposite. Both parties try to show their evidence and yet both parties are not authoritive enough nor in the industry and engineering or science. And now you say digital cables, not only USB have no effect on sound quality. Good for you to be one of those who can accept that. It sometimes can be a curse on people that feels the opposite.
Hence, thats why I always go back to listening rather than solely relying on reviews and thoughts.
Aren't there just? And you're wrong.
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El Hefe, it really is simply a matter of fact.
So even though nothings changed, it sounds different? I'd call that a good reason not to trust your ears!
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Not to trust your ears? Then why even bother listening to music?
To enjoy it, not pick it apart wondering if I can hear a difference with some stupid cable. My point was if the same system can sound different when it isn't, how can you trust yourself to know if a difference you hear is real or not? I think I'll bow out of this one though and leave you and some of the others fretting about cables, I'll go back to what I was doing earlier - enjoying some music.
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