$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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    Russ, 10 Oct 2007 @ 8:29am

    High End Audio is just a big joke...

    I came to the conclusion a long time ago that the really high end audio gear (see musicdirect dot com) is a joke that average paid engineers use to get back at all the ultra rich doctors, lawyers, and investment bankers who have so much money that spending $7000 plus on speaker wire sounds reasonable. Check out the Cable Elevators at MusicDirect. The engineers who designed these must be rolling on the floor in hysterics every time they sell a set to some investment banker. I'm not sure if the folks at MusicDirect are in on the joke but I find it hilarious.

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