Snake oil of the year award: Audiophile cables

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Snake oil of the year award - audiophile cables

After a very long time I introduce new article in category “Bullshit of the week”.

I believe in cable magic, don’t get me wrong, but manufactures are sometimes thinking that thicker is better. Ask yourself: how could possibly speaker, power cables or interconnects be costing more than than amplifier, speakers or new car? Vendors often prey upon the suggestible audiophile giving them reasons why these products must be utilized in their precious systems in order to achieve the best performance possible to reach the true path of audio nirvana.

Look how those cables look ridiculous and judge yourself. Better have expensive equipment and cheap, good sounding cable, than these stupid looking garden hoses.

Category: power cables

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Category: speaker cables

Category: interconnects

Beware of bullshit:

  • Promotes that their product allegedly eliminates audio related Skin Effect and/or “Strand Jumping” problems
  • Claims revolutionary breakthrough in cable technology by polarizing or biasing the dielectric using a battery
  • Claims vast improvements in sound by inserting “Cable Elevators” to raise the cables off the floor and minimize electron misfiring or static energy fields.
  • Claims that cryogenically freezing cables improves fidelity or measurably changes electrical properties after the cable is restored to room temperature.
  • Claims that their cables require a “Break In” period
  • Claims that measurements cannot quantify why their designs are superior and often misapply engineering principles in their reasoning but abandon the associated governing laws and metrics that establish them
  • Claims audible differences exist between stranded and non-stranded wires of same gauge rating, geometry and conductor spacing

If a vendor is selling you on any of these fallacies, run don’t walk away from their products, unless of course you enjoy a good sci-fi story and desire to buy expensive audio jewelery.

Top Ten Signs an Audio Cable Vendor is Selling You Snake Oil
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9 thoughts on “Snake oil of the year award: Audiophile cables

  1. Most Audio is based on dumb consumers, who don’t understand the basics. Of course you have a better SOUNDING wall plug. And the con men selling it defend the con with all sorts of BS. And they take parameters that have nothing to do with Audio signals and apply from RF or Microwave etc. FTC really needs to arrest,fine, and put out of business the con men.

    • I absolutely agree. I can’t recall any industry with so much BS such as High end audio with their false claims. So many people bought alu power strip (extesion cord) for hundreds and don’t wanna open it, just in case they might find just nest of wires.. Ridiculous!

  2. The sad part is that people who buy into overpriced nonsense like replacement AC power wires really do believe the sound improved. Without a victim willing to complain, it’s difficult to prosecute. But jail is the right place for these scoundrels. For a much more detailed look at this subject, find my AES Audio Myths video on YouTube. It’s an hour long, but it explains how audio really works in great detail.

    • And the “reviewers” with magic powers to hear the un hearable, they push the BS. Shills for all the BS produced, ever read about how one of the esteemed, hahahaha, reviewers Mr. $150,000 TT, can hear the improvements in DEMAGNETIZED Plastic record!! Holy Moly, . These record demagnetizers is only slightly above $2,000 !!! From FleeceTech I think, but it will also DEMAGNETIZE line cords(COPPER, hmm, really)? And CD’s cus you know how magnetized that polycarbonate and Al coatings get! And of course he, They ALWAYS hear the improvements, and of course when challenged tow the BS line, of standard answers, not trained listeners, system ain’t resolving enough, blah blah blah. The entire high end industry of audio is loaded with scoundrels and shills. I’d rather deal with pro and commercial audio, the stuff has more planet EARTH links! Planet RETARDO is filled with better sounding wall outlets, and non resonant cords, you know that vibrating line cord sounds bad! Are you lifting your wires off the wood floor with WOOD blocks? Cus those floors distort, holy shit, con men galore. I look at pictures of studios with live bands, there is stuff all over the floors, but on playback make sure you ensure they don’t touch the floors. Criminal

  3. Last, Please, Please PLEASE listen to products in your own system before commenting. If a “snake oil” purveyor is worth his salt, they will back their claims with an in-home audition.

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