$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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    Cub, 10 Oct 2007 @ 5:11am

    Oh for the love of Pete!!

    Listening to 128k vs as low as 192 or hell in certain music 160 is noticeable. CD's just sound better though at the higher bit rates it is not as noticeable. This argument almost reminds me of the vinyl vs CD. I believe Navone Engineering (autosound 2000) had a similar 10,000 double blind amplifier challenge. I always loved the cable debates. I've got silver Kimber cable and it makes the music come alive or I use 1/0 gauge speaker wire because I am pushing a 10 jillion watts (never mind that the tinsel leads are 22 gauge on the speaker.) The law of diminishing returns in audio equipment is at its peak in cable. Considering all the other issues in life this is a silly one to argue about. Let the audio Primadonna's have their smug superior say. Meanwhile I will take that 7 grand and change I saved and go on a decent vacation. Cause with my male over 30 hearing I am not going to be able to tell much of a difference.

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