$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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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Oct 2007 @ 2:28am

    Gold not so good.

    Gold as a conductor isn't as good as copper.

    Mostly the reason using gold-plated or tipped cable is simply because it doesn't tarnish.

    So when you connect it to your amplifier, you didn't get any degradation of that itsy-bitsy source signal, that you are trying to get through the gear. I don't know if having gold plated cables in the speaker cables to the amplifier make any difference, because there is so much power, your end result might not be worth it. So worry about the patch cables in between the components first.

    But not having anything that decent, I might be wrong.
    According to this website(and others);
    http://www.epanorama.net/documents/wiring/wire_resistance.html

    "Resistivities(sp) at room temp:

    Element Electrical resistivity (microohm-cm)

    Aluminum 2.655
    Copper 1.678
    Gold 2.24
    Silver 1.586
    Platinum 10.5

    This clearly puts silver as the number one conductor and gold has higher resistance than silver or copper. It's desireable(sp) in connectors because it does not combine well with other materials so remains relatively pure at the surface. It also has the capability to adhere to itself (touch pure gold to pure gold and it sticks together) which makes for very reliable connections. "

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