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    July 5, 2019 at 11:49 am
    Posted by: TVOR-Ceasar

    Well, it’s definitely been a few hours.

    Indeed … good thing there’s no hurry 😎 

    Relying on just your senses to completely guide you is like relying on just the word of the fortune teller to guide your life. Neither gets you to anywhere near where you should be, and it opens you up to the charlatans who want to make you light (in the pocket) and happy (ignorant). This world is chock full of “end users” who know that if they press A, then B happens. They don’t know why it happens, only that it does. And when A breaks, they are S.O.L.

    I’ve seen that more than once.  There is a general loss of technical acumen going on, pretty much society wide. I’ve seen articles saying that something like 80% of all PCs and smartphones are being used entirely on default settings. Home theatre gear is no different, most of it just gets plugged in, hooked up and used. One of my clients even got rather antsy and asked me to stop when I went into his router to enable the firewall. These are, by and large, people who don’t know and don’t want to know how to get the best from their systems.

    Back in my first go at audiophilia in the late 1970s some of the conversations were truly educational and challenging. We discussed bias points, gain, frequency response, power supply requirements and the other guys in the coffee klatch knew as much as I did, or more. When I came back to my love of music about 5 years ago the entire community had fallen all the way down to “You push this button and music comes out”.  Not good.

    Knowing how things work, or even just having the most basic knowledge on certain things allows one to separate out the wheat from the chaff. In simple terms, it allows you to see what may have validity as opposed to what is marketing BS.

    I’ve been saying this for years … Even the first hint of real technical understanding could/should/would save people thousands of dollars. I think that’s why this whole snake oil cable thing galls me so badly… even a little common sense should stop it dead in it’s tracks.

    Case in point: the reason most given to use Cable Elevators is to reduce capacitance on the speaker lines when they lay on the floor. Knowing how capacitance works and how to make a capacitor, you realize that the only capacitance to worry about is what the actual speaker wire creates upon itself – which won’t be altered by moving it around in 3d space.

    Analog cables are not a mystery. Audio signalling is some of the easiest electronics there is. All the real baddies are, way off in RF land. Any real tech insight would tell them that…

    And speaking of USB / digital chain, well, look for my comment (TheTrueVoiceOfReason) on PS Audio’s YouTube video titled “Finding a good USB source for music” published on May 9, 2018.

    And mine in several of Paul’s videos as well. The whole problem appears to be that they don’t understand how digital signalling works and just go ahead and treat it like the audio signalling they also don’t understand.

    Power cables. The 2 things you have to be most concerned with are: 1. is the gauge heavy enough to carry the current required with safety factor added? and 2. are the plugs well made / able to be secure in their respective sockets so as to not cause mechanical source noise? Are these things worth $100, $200, $1500? Okay, I’ve seen medical grade IEC cords go for close to $100, and most of that is in the special latching plugs on either end. Other than that, $20 is about as high as I’d go for a normal cord, if I didn’t have one on hand already.

    Take a look at the recent Regenerator question Paul took. Two days ago?  I think you’ll find some of the comments in there to be utterly laughable… especially the guys citing showroom demos as a source of technical knowledge. It leaves me to wonder just how easily these guys can be victimized… P. T. Barnum was definitely right!

    Once again… we seem to be concluding that you need both the subjective and objective, working hand in hand. I just can’t see how you could separate the two without, at some point, blowing something up.