$1 Million if You Can Prove $7250 Speaker Cables Are Any Better Than $80 Speaker Cables

from the $302-per-foot-of-cable dept

There's just something about extreme audiophiles that is either amusing or depressing, depending on your point of view. Now, as a music fan, I've got nothing against trying to make things sound better -- but there are serious diminishing marginal returns after a certain point (and, of course, there are some really fantastic musical compositions that were recorded on such crappy equipment that it's never going to matter). However, there is a group of audiophiles who really seem to stick up their nose at anyone who dares to suggest they've taken things too far. Professional skeptic James Randi apparently wants to put them in their place -- and is offering up $1 million to make his case. As pointed out by Slashdot, Randi is now offering $1 million to anyone who can prove that there's any real difference in performance between a pair of $80 Monster HDMI cables (which many will claim is already overpriced) and the astoundingly priced $7,250 12-foot "Anjou" audio cables from Pear Cable. As Randi notes, the key is in the actual performance -- not in "qualities that can only be perceived by attentive dogs or by hi-tech instrumentation."

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    bob, 28 Apr 2015 @ 1:08pm

    Re: YES!

    What a stupid idiot.

    First off, the Pear Cable "ANJOU" are analog interconnects and the Monster is an HDMI cable, so it's impossible to compare the two because they don't do the same thing.

    is this an actual Randi test? Do you have a link to this so called offer? I want my Million.

    Now, does he want empirical measurements or does he want subjective listening tests? Maybe the cable mfg don't know that Randi has this offer. But if they want measurements, heres's what I would look at. Bandwidth. Some of these higher priced HDMI cables simply have higher bandwidth, or are rated at the bandwidth at longer cable lengths.

    But the Anjou cables aren't even HDMI, so it's impossible to compare an HDMI cable to an RCA interconnect.

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