"World's Best Cables" vs Audioquest interconnects

I've heard many great things about "World's Best Cables". At such low price, these alleged giant killers are a no brainer, so I ordered two pairs. When the shipment arrived, I connected one pair from my phono stage to my preamp, and another pair from my preamp to my power amp.

These cables replaced my trusty old Audioquest interconnects.

First listening impressions: extremely lean sound. Details etched in space, almost as if a strong laser beam is outlining them.

Santana I, side 1: almost unlistenable. The highs are piercing, the soundstage is flat, the splash cymbals sound like trash cans. Made my head hurt.

Switching back to my Audioquest cables: my god, what a relief! The sound is back to its good old sound of music. Everything sounds natural again.

Now, the "World's Best Cables" come with the users manual that claims that the cables need to be burned in for 175 hours. Should I give them the benefit of the doubt and suffer 175 hours, or is that just an audio myth about cables burn-in?



@jackhifiguy - I can't say that I've experienced any changes in a cable from burn-in, but I can also say that I've never paid any attention to it on the few cables that I've upgraded.

I have experienced clear differences with one power cord upgrade (1 of 3) and also an interconnect upgrade.  The interconnect improvement was significant enough that I opted to upgrade a second time almost immediately.

One of my friends is a bit of an audiophile and also an electrical engineer, so you can imagine having to try and convince him that I've heard a difference.  I know it perplexes him a bit because he doesn't want to believe it, but has also listened to my system since I first purchased it and knows that I don't claim an improvement/difference with every change, so when I equate the different to a similar order of magnitude as tube rolling he can't just discount my opinion.

Have you ever experienced a change in sound quality after changing any type of cord in your system?

Jack Hi-Fi guy,


I didn't use the wrong there it's my computer that did LOL cuz I use voice recognition to type LOL

I've been breaking in new pair Cardas interconnects for the last week. I don't really need to know why they change sound over that time period. But, Cardas is glad to provide one for those that need an explanation. 


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