$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 @ 7:46am

    When I first got my HD system, I got ripped off by Best Buy by paying about $50 for a very short HDMI cable (about 3' long). However, I needed a couple more, so I went to Newegg and got a couple longer ones for about $7 each. The cables themselves are much thinner, so that probably means less shielding, but honestly, I can't tell the difference. My upconvert DVD player gives me an absolutely beautiful picture on my 40" Samsung LCD through the $7 HDMI cable. Seven grand is absolutely ridiculous, and you are delusional if you really think that it is actually any better than the normally-priced cables.

    In any event, any miniscule increase in quality would never be worth that much money. All it amounts to is extremely expensive bragging rights. I could certainly think of better uses for that kind of money. Heck, if I had seven grand laying around, I'd be making a substantial down payment on a new car, which is actually useful for something.

    Oh, and to the moron who says that HDMI cables don't usually transmit audio, do yourself a favor and use your favorite search engine of choice to research this one. The HDMI spec is all about having a single cable that transmits BOTH video and audio digitally. About the only time you will find an HDMI hookup that does not transmit audio is if you are converting a DVI-out port from a PC to HDMI (DVI is video only, so you have to use a separate connection to the PC's audio jack) or if you are using some el cheapo A/V receiver that doesn't support audio via HDMI.

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