Cables with thick conductors sound better than thin ones. )
No it isn't.
Why? What don't you understand in the linked article?
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Not according to Nordost, where their Valhalla won the blind listening test run by Hi-Fi+.
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Resistivity in a cable varies by the frequency of the signal. So for "music" signals that will contain many frequencies not all of the frequencies will be affected in the same way. Some will be dampened more than others.
The actual composition of the cable will affect the overall resistance - eg the difference in sound between silver cables and copper cables.
Most scientific "answers" are simplifications of the actual physical affects being studied and so not completely explain everything. (There are many examples of this - one of the most famous is "why can an airplane fly upside down")
That's not mumbo jumbo.
Although I do admit that having an of understanding of basic GCSE level physics will probably be very helpful to make sense of what's written there. It's still pretty basic stuff though.
I couldn't do a better job than the explanation that's in the link provided. Even if I did explain it myself I'd only end up repeating what they've said.
Is there any specific part of the explanation that you don't understand? I will be happy to try and help as best as I can.
(although it will have to be later on because my dinner's nearly ready )
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I always listen to music while posting on forums. At the moment I've got 'The Best of Bill Withers' album playing gently in the background.
.....and most of "our" explanations are gross simplifications of the scientific answers. This has been my point all along.....most of us are neither technical enough, experienced enough or knowledgeable enough, to say with any certainty what is right or wrong. We also like to ignore the bits of evidence that don't suit our side of the debate.
That wasn't what I meant, but will do for now!
Excuse me for not valuing their opinion on the matter, especially as they were using silly priced wire.
>Resistivity in a cable varies by the frequency of the signal.
Also, many aircraft don't fly upside down, A380s and 747s, for example. Those that do alter the angle of attack - basic HSC physics. Mind you, I failed.
Ooops sorry. I got the wrong end of the stick there.
I have listened to a few speaker cables before and most of them sounded exactly the same to me.
There was one very expensive cable that sounded ever so slightly different to the others though. To my untrained ears it was neither better or worse just different, a little bit thinner sounding. TBH I can understand why in some hifi systems it would actually sound better than a standard cable too. Although having said that I expect that you would still probably get a better result by using a digital graphic equalizer to alter the tone rather than a speaker cable.
I have listened to a few speaker cables before though and most of them sounded exactly the same to me.
There was one very expensive cable that sounded ever so slightly different to the others. To my untrained ears it was neither better or worse than the others just different, a little bit thinner. TBH I can actually understand why in some hifi systems it would actually sound better than a standard cable.
Although having said that I expext that you could probably get the a better result by using a digital graphic equalizer to alter the tone instead of a speaker cable.
No need to be sorry, as I wasn't that clear.
I don't know what cables you've heard, or what systems they were in, but if you ever get the chance to hear some of the stuff I've mentioned in a good system, you should take it (I've also heard good things about the Chord Sarum).
IMO. You can't achieve the same from a Digital Graphic Equalizer, as a good cable is far more than just a tone control. A G.Eq can only change the sonic signature, but I don't believe it can preserve more of the signal, allowing more detail through, or give a "faster" sound.
Speaker cables definitely do have an effect on the sound. Just today I have changed cables in my system and have tamed an artificial sounding top end to a more natural sound at the expense of some detail, but worth it. Now I'm not getting a headache after 10mins of listening.
I'm not imagining it, the results are real. Not all cables sound right in all systems. The construction, cross sectional area and materials used will affect how different frequencies are carried.
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