Your ears (and everyone else's) are always playing tricks on you. Good ones and bad ones.
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The sonic effects of a cable are dependent to a significant degree on interactions between the technical characteristics of the cable and the technical characteristics of what the cable is connecting, in some ways that are technically predictable and in other ways that are inherently unpredictable. Examples could even be cited of tonal effects resulting from a given cable that in some circumstances can be technically predicted to be the exact opposite depending on what the cable is connecting.
Also, given the widely held belief that many cable effects cannot be explained based on generally recognized science, it follows that the point beyond which further improvement of some design parameters and design characteristics becomes overkill is not clearly knowable, even by the designers. Which in turn means that a significant fraction of the purchase price of some expensive cables may be paying for overkill of some design parameters and characteristics that will not provide sonic benefit in many, most, or all systems.
Therefore it can be expected that the correlation between cable price and cable performance will be far from perfect.
I plan on getting more audience -- first speaker cables, then 3 more interconnects so everything can be run Audience 100%. I couldn't pass up getting some more Bob's Devices cables though..for recordings that have a bit of a bite and need 1/2 click to warm side, these US Vintage Cables do the trick for me. Its fun to have both....plan on selling all my Harmonic Technology and Cardas GR cabling.
Thank you Podeschi. I am the cable builder for Bob. We work in the same shop in close proximity. It is a privilege to watch Bob build his SUT's. The time, meticulous attention to detail, and testing serves to inspire me. I try to apply the same standards to our entry level thru our top solid crystal silver XLR's.