$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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    Mark, 10 Oct 2007 @ 10:46am

    Just use Cat5 wire

    I had a friend show me how use Cat5 cabling. He was running Cat5 I believe only 2 pair from his tube amp to some home made speakers he made from a kit. Supposedly the copper in Cat5 is very good, I think he picked this up from someone else from some audio forum group. Not sure if anybody else heard of doing this. I assume the copper in Cat5 has to be a really good grade to carry data signals in long runs. Just my 0.02 cents on another alternative to big box store Monster cables or the good stuff from the expensive audiophile stores. He played a few tracks from a CD which sounded pretty good to my ears, and played backed some 160kbps streams from the net also sounded pretty good.

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