I have seen the argument over and over again on why cables matter and the that wire is just wire and how scientifically it’s impossible for them to make a difference. The thing that surprises me the most is that different materials are used. Different shielding is used. Different connectors are used. Different braiding methods of the cables are used. Materials are sourced from different manufacturers and put through different creative processes but I always get some guy who comes on and says. WIRE IS WIRE AND YOU ARE NOT HEARING WHAT YOU ARE HEARING? To me it’s pure arrogance to think you know more than everybody else to the point where you tell me what we are hearing through my ears and we are not smart enough to know when are minds are playing trick on us. But using all these different materials, process and shielding and creative processes don’t make a difference. I spent the last 15 years trying all the cables I could try.  Thoughts anyone?


@rodman99999 First you say 

No one can tell you whether/how your system, room and/or ears will respond to some new addition.   There are simply too many variables.

     LIKEWISE: no one can possibly know whether a new addition (ie: some kind of disc, crystal, fuse, interconnect, speaker cable, etc)  will make a difference, in their system and room, with their media and to their ears, without trying them for themselves.


Many cable vendors have fairly knowledgeable people manning their phone lines & e-mails*, available to guide you, based on your equipment, finances and listening habits/desires.


Why would it matter what those knowledgeable people say?  I’m not trying to be obtuse here, but that makes no sense.  I feel like you are trying to sell me on these websites.  

So back to my original questions, but more specific:

1.  Can you name one attribute you look for in speakers that tells you they will be “high enough resolving” when researching a purchase?

2.  Can you name one attribute you look for in amplifiers that tells you that they will be “high enough resolving” when researching a purchase?


I have no idea, at this point, whether cables make a difference because I’m currently looking at system options to purchase.  But it appears that I won’t have any luck with cables unless my system is “high enough resolving”.  That is what I’m shooting for.  There has to be a way to look at these things prior to purchasing that will give me an idea of how they perform, correct?  Some of these speakers and amps weigh hundreds of pounds, and even with free return shipping will be a giant pain to return.  

"Why would it matter what those knowledgeable people say?"  

       Because they have years of experience with a myriad of listening tastes/desires, cables and components.

       The goal would be to narrow down the variables, based on that familiarity.

"I’m not trying to be obtuse here... "

       I suppose: some are just innately better at it than others.

These oft-repeating cable threads have one entirely predictable outcome of a Mexican standoff between two irascible polar opposite cohorts of naysayers versus advocates. Each side has absolutely NIL-chance of every convincing the other party to change their beliefs.


So no one can discuss how you would start to purchase a “high resolving system” short of talking to “experts” at some recommended website? There is literally nothing you can look at in the specs of the various audio equipment out there that can guide me?

@dill - Why? Because I’m asking questions?

@akg_ca I don’t have a “side”.  I just want some information.  Calvin said you had to have a “high enough resolving system” to appreciate cord upgrades, and I would like to know how to get that sort of system.  There has to be some way to go about doing this.  Well, some way that doesn’t involve demoing cords from some questionable websites.