$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 @ 11:28am

    Digital cables and the length of a bit

    If you talk to high end audio sales people about why premium optical cables matter, they will give you reasons like more accurate transmission, fewer or no internal reflections, etc. They will tell you accurate transmission matters because you want the leading edge of the bit to be clean and sharp, not jaggy or distorted. The truth of the matter is that optical bits are much longer then the cables that carry them from one component to another. At the CD data rate of 44,000 16 bit samples per second for two channels, 1,408,000 bits per second, a bit lasts .0000007 seconds and in that time, at 30,000,000,000 meters/sec, light will travel about 21,306 meters. So one bit completely saturates a 6' optical interconnect and reflections/edge degredation effects are poppycock. Basically, as others have said, the only way a digital interconnect could degrade a signal is by dropping bits and that would be pretty obvious. Just more malarky to rip off the uninformed.

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