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@douglas_schroeder While what you say may be true for a number of different less expensive ( cheap is a relative term) cables....it sure isn't correct for all of them. The Black Cat cables are a perfect example of this. Plus, the alternative is also true, there are a large number of supposed wonder cables that are anything but inexpensive ( cheap)- and are actually poor....which is what this thread is all about!
In the world of cables, money do not really reflect quality. You can get better sound with $20 than with $2k cables depending on your equipment so you really never know. Obviously placebo will really kick in after you spend a fortune on fancy looking cable, but the fact will remain. I still question myself (being crazy rational freak) why go for high buck cable at all at all??
I guess marketing professionals are able to convince portions of population, but really not me, because I don't invest unless I expect return.
@czarivey I don’t think that all expensive cables don’t deliver performance...that’s not what I am saying at all. (This does seem to be your position, however). What I am noticing is that there are certain cable manufacturers who can somehow compete with these very same manufacturers— and can do so while at the same time pricing their wares at far lower prices.
The 25 foot speaker cables (Groneberg Quattro Reference) in my main rig were 2K. I recently replaced them with a 25 foot pair of Canare 4S11 speaker cables which cost me 130.00 for the pair professionally terminated. Right now I am very much leaning towards keeping the Canare cables in the main rig at 93% cheaper than the expensive ones. To me that proves that price is irrelevant to quality of sound.
I took the following post to heart and seem to agree with this poster, who is a highly respected audio designer.
balanced operation- immunity to cables, longer distances possible, lower noise even in short runs and so on.
My frame of reference was the Benchmark DAC/preamp that supported the AES48 standard. I could not tell any difference with different price ranges of XLR interconnects to my Benchmark AHB2 amp. I had some other preamps and they did sound better with the more expensive Audience AU XLR I used over the Canare. Maybe they did not support the AES48 standard. I need to do some research on that.
So now when I get my next system I will check for a preamp that supports the AES48 standard and also go with something like the Canare XLR. This will be going a long distance from my preamp to amp. This also gives me the flexibility to move the gear far away from the speakers.
I have never really investigated it, but it is my understanding that Canare and Mogami are actually manufacturers of cables. Again, I have not looked into it, but I wonder how many other brands of cables actually have their own manufacturing facilities to create the cable, versus those that outsource their production to third parties? Who are these third parties who made your cables???