$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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    photoboy5, 10 Oct 2007 @ 7:34am

    Comparing apples to pears?

    "who can prove that there's any real difference in performance between a pair of $80 Monster HDMI cables...and the…12-foot "Anjou" audio cables from Pear Cable"

    HDMI = Digital interconnect for source component
    Anjou = Analog interconnect for speakers

    There is no way for you to compare these two items side by side. You'd need two totally different source/output devices to pull this off. Which means you're now comparing SYSTEMS not cables.

    The key component to any audio system is the listener. If you’re not LISTENING attentively then you’ll never hear a difference in any system. But if you pay attention you will be moved by a quality audio system, I promise.

    This whole challenge diminishes the real reason people call themselves audiophiles - they're snobs. Like someone who will spend an hour describing a glass of wine they are more interested in the esoteric depth of their knowledge than the true expression of they product - wine or music.

    All hail to Pear for taking every dime they can from these goofy bastards.

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