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[EN]Audiophiles Can't Tell the Difference Between Monster Cable and Coat Hangers

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We've always believed that the perceived quality boost that comes from using high-end cables is really just a trick of the mind (read: justifying the ridiculous cost of premium cables to yourself) -- if you've dropped enough cash, you can probably hear anything you want. Still, our belief is one thing -- cold hard proof is another, and it looks like a group of 12 self-professed "audiophiles" recently couldn't tell the difference between Monster 1000 speaker cables and plain old coat hangers. Yeah, coat hangers. The group was A-Bing different cables, and unbeknownst to them, the engineer running the test swapped out a set of cables for coat hangers with soldered-on speaker connections. Not a single one was then able to tell the difference between the Monster Cable and the hangers, and all agreed that the hangers sounded excellent. No wonder Monster has to rig HD displays. Still, we bet people still fall for the hype -- oh hey, if you're looking for the ultimate in sound, we've got half a meter of oxygen-free, triple-wrapped double-insulated Sonically Shielded AmpliSized Egyptian Llama cable here that we'll part ways with for just a couple grand.
http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/03/a...ter-cable-and/
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People do spend a ton on cables.

Soloz won't want to hear this...
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Not in the news sections, but still a repost

http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...t-hangers.html
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I'll make sure to print out a few copies and hand them out to people that seem to think otherwise. Woohoo! Sanity is back.
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Not in the news sections, but still a repost

http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...t-hangers.html
I would say I tried a search, but its not like it helps anyway.
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Nice find.
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This is actually really old, like 2004 old
    
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Originally Posted by Rakukojin View Post
This is actually really old, like 2004 old
Yeah, and I STILL here music nerds talking about how their hyper-gold diamond-coated laser-etched ionically-charged eco-friendly cables are so much better than my bargain bin cables, yet when I try and tell them the wonders of such inventions in the area of 'soap' and 'breath wash' they seem to take offense. No respect, I tell you!
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This article made me laugh the second I saw Monster being referred to as a high end company. IMO, Monster is nothing more than overpriced, electronic store grade equipment. Did you notice that there was no mention as to the components used in the testing? I can create a test to give me any result I wish, but that doesn't make it valid. Don't believe anything you read in regards to audio....listen for yourself. With that said, there IS a difference. I've proved this many times both with video and audio to friends.
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News? Not here.
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