Different sounding expensive various plated cables ?


I have been reading posts with people hearing differences in sound with various plated wall outlets/xlr/rca/plugs.

Can people really hear these differences ?

I have been told there has been differences in the sound of 2 identical sounding integrated amplifiers, same model, same manufacturer, which is worrying. the cost of these amplifiers is approx 40k.

Why so much fuss regarding cables and the various plating options when there is more important joints/joins inside the equipment you cant see ?

I believe that well built cables are essential with nice tight connections, but hearing the sound of different plated metals is slightly questionable when there is a lot more going on inside the equipment, right ?
 



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... hearing the sound of different plated metals is slightly questionable when there is a lot more going on inside the equipment, right ?
Why not listen and decide for yourself?
I think the obsession with AC connectors and power cables is pretty funny. I mean, at some point you have to realize that even if you could learn to hear these differences, is that your goal? To die saying you can hear a difference between the use of different AC outlets, or do you want to say you heard a lot of great music?



From a practical matter, I do think minimizing the noise equipment gets from the AC is important, but how much noise you have, and how well your gear filters it out already is quite variable. 

On top of that, a lot of outlets and cable will make things worse by making noise easier to infiltrate your gear.


My usual advice is: Keep your digital wall adapters outside of your clean power conditioned power. Use high current, high filtering power conditioners like the Furman units with LiFT and SMP or power regenerators like the PS Audio units, and be done with it. If your outlets are old or loose, replace them with decent new units.


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I'm with cleeds. Few things will waste your time and money faster than buying based on what you read. Step away from the screen and get into as many stores and listen to as much as you can. 
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