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Kellen
2014-11-27, 21:14
I was handed a pair of interconnect cables to try out instead of my old ones. These are much more expensive cables than mine.

I did some compares of them by switching .... back and forth ..... but don't think I can hear any difference.

I then thought about a different way to do it all.

I take 1 of each different cable and connect one to left channel of preamp and the other to right channel. I then switch my preamp to mono and play a music file and use my balance controller to listen .... to left and then right and then left and then right and onwards. This allows me to listen to each channel that is working with a different interconnect so that I can do a compare.

I think I hear a difference. I'm just not sure if this test is truthful or not. On opinion of all ..... is this a good practice for acurate testing.

Many thanks in my advance for your advise.

mherger
2014-11-27, 22:34
> I was handed a pair of interconnect cables to try out instead of my old
> ones. These are much more expensive cables than mine.
>
> I did some compares of them by switching .... back and forth ..... but
> don't think I can hear any difference.

Good. Save the money, spend it on new music, enjoy.

> I then thought about a different way to do it all.

There's no need to make back-flips to justify the money you
(potentially) waste on cables and other gear. If you can't hear the
difference right away, then most likely it's not worth it.

--

Michael

Mnyb
2014-11-27, 22:52
Your results are actually expected.
There is no reason to that it should be any difference unless one of the cables is seriusly broken .

cliveb
2014-11-28, 01:39
All of the sane people in the General Discussion forum will tell you the same thing - there is no audible difference between any properly constructed cables.

On the other hand, you could have some fun and post your question in the Audiophile forum...

Julf
2014-11-28, 03:46
I think I hear a difference. I'm just not sure if this test is truthful or not. On opinion of all ..... is this a good practice for acurate testing.


It is better than listening to one set of cables one day and another the other day.

If you actually want it to be a good test, what you need is someone to help you. Have your friend connect up the cables, without telling which one is the left and which the right. Then listen until you decide if you like left, right, or can't tell a difference. Have your friend change the cables (to the same setup again, to the opposite setup, or to a setup with the same cable for both channels - but make sure you don't know which it is, and your friend doesn't know which ones are the more expensive ones). Do the test at least 10 times (preferably more), and see what the results are.

Kellen
2014-11-28, 05:28
It is better than listening to one set of cables one day and another the other day.

If you actually want it to be a good test, what you need is someone to help you. Have your friend connect up the cables, without telling which one is the left and which the right. Then listen until you decide if you like left, right, or can't tell a difference. Have your friend change the cables (to the same setup again, to the opposite setup, or to a setup with the same cable for both channels - but make sure you don't know which it is, and your friend doesn't know which ones are the more expensive ones). Do the test at least 10 times (preferably more), and see what the results are.
In realities this is how I actually did the 1st test. My friend who gave me the cables did switch cables for me while I was in blind mode.

I did the mono left and right switching on my own while blinded.

Michael I can get the cables for not much cost (a package of beer ;-))

I did posted this to the audiophiles areas from above idea to have extra fun times.