$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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    Asher Schweigart, 16 Oct 2007 @ 2:30pm

    It's in the equipment too.

    7k wires don't do shat f your equipment isn't up to that same quality. Neither would $80 wires for that matter. I hooked up and xbox to a cheap projection tv an old roommate of mine had via monster component video cable. The picture looked way better that a composite cable, but another dvd plaer hooked up through cheap component cable looked just as good on the set.

    However, the same roommate also latter got a monster cable powerstrip that was suppossed to remove rf noise from the power line, and even on the same tv, it made a noticable difference in over the air tv when the tv and the attenna power cable was hooked through it
    (no cable on campus, thankfully i am no longer at college)


    I can't imagine needing a 7k video cable unless you had this tv:
    http://www.engadget.com/2004/12/16/samsungs-102-inch-plasma-tv/

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