Great outcome for you and thanks for keeping an open mind!
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@lalitk No, thank you!
I'm not willing to spend a lot on digital at the moment after buying new speakers and amp in the last 2 months so to end up with a nice sonic upgrade for $130 is indeed a great outcome.
Value Sonically: ZERO. CAT-3 will do just fine. You almost can't get it so CAT-5 or 5+. CAT 6 is what was 5+. 7 or 8 are marketing BS) 5+ has a specific bonding between pairs to keep their impedance consistent for 10G. Do you need 10G for audio? Ethernet it packet based. Errors are fixed in the IP stack. Magic is not needed.
Value for placebo satisfaction: Very high to some. If you believe, go for it. If it is real to you, great.
Value for the economy: Makes someone else a lot of money and uses up what you should spend on speakers.
Side note: The ONLY cables that are in fact directional are either balanced cables with a isolated shield/cap bypass which can be used as a band aid for ground loop problems, or pure snake oil. Directional? Audio is AC!
You are mistaken. Many single-ended interconnects use shielding that is connected only on the source end. It's a very effective technique and certainly not "snake oil."
@tvrgeek I think you may be getting too much of your information from those Youtube "experts."
A shield connected on one end without a bypass cap is called an "antenna." You could help yourself and invest in a little time taking an on-line free course in basic electronics.
Many single ended cables are in fact, snake oil. I can't separate reality from belief, you will have to do that yourself.
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