Great Story. Your system provides you with a new source of satisfaction now that Dad's eating crow!
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Good job Treljia! Satisfying isn't it - I did a similar thing to my wife - a real naysayer. I was testing ic's and connned her into participation cause she hears better and as much as it hurt she could tell a clear audible difference like me for the better ic's. Unfortunately they were much more $$$.
Mike Vansevers who now makes Power Cords, Conditioners and Interconnects (all the stuff engineers hate) was one of those guys until he had a similar experience at an audio show many years ago. The realization hit him so hard, he became obsessed with why cables and power do matter and how. His experimental discoveries sent him into the business he once laughed at.
I am another EE convert from the "wire is wire" school. Still don't fully understand it but who cares? The sound is obviously our 'bottom line' not the need to understand the electrophysical reasons why. ex: You don't need to fully understand how a car works to be able to drive it, & it's still just as much fun.
Hi Brulee. Thanks all. Yes, the story is quite amazing. I will ask him more about it today, at my sister's birthday dinner. My father had a closed mind, even that night. But, I only switched cables on one speaker. Fortunately, the differences in the two are dramatic. Exactly the ideal situation for the most stubborn cablephobe. You just have to move two feet in either direction to hear a world of difference. One cable is flat, uninspired, recessed(bass, midrange, AND treble), and extremely bass/dynamic shy. The other is upfront, forward, alive, detailed, and punchy. It is my opinion that anyone with even below average hearing can hear the difference. Having such disparate cables allowed me to keep my mouth shut. All I asked was that he stand here, then move to here. He moved back and forth on his own. And then said, "I cannot believe how different the sound coming from each speaker is. Why is that? A cable CAN'T make that kind of difference..." My father's hearing is not even that great. He has been around a lot of machinery, gunshots, and helicopters in his past, and his hearing has been receding in the past five years. But, he had no trouble discerning the difference. I only wish I could do the same demo for anyone who strives for good sound in their system, and dismisses cables as nonsense.
There is no question that cabe sounds different.Anyone who states tha the sound is identical, does not hear the difference because they don't want to hear it.This aside,there is no excuse for the flat out rip-off prices. My AMPEX ATR-100 Master Recorder came in at $8500.00 new in 1981. There was no question that the unit was worth every penny. The parts, engineering, complexity, power supply etc. all added up to the price and then some. Cables on the other hand, do not. Support of $10,000 8 foot lengths of music hose,does nothing more but make us all appear to be fools.