|Originally posted by Looney4Clooney |
raphie aint rigging a USO show in falluja.
and yes, wire is wire is wire. Line, mic and what ever the hell else you want. Electricity goes places. IF you can do that, job done. You can go on about impedance and balanced and that is besides the point that the wire is wire is wire. There is a standard, and once you reach it, you subribe to those magazines. UNLESS , you are as you said , using them like a philipeeno fun boy who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
Even interference is i mean are you people doing lines off coils and making a magnetic field. The only person that i would exempt would ve the lord because of his personality. And system J because of his iron heart .
I wish your composition skills stretched to writing. Next time, could you please film an interpretive dance for me to ponder as it will be most likely easier to understand.
I think you're saying unless you're hotplugging like Gary Glitter at a Cambodian kindergarten, then you don't need to worry about your cables?
I certainly don't subscribe to the silver core cable or audiophile RCA bullshit, but not all cables are equal, and when the best cost the same price as the shit ones you buy from that black shirted numbnut (colloquially known as a guitar center employee) you'd be a fool not to.
I recently had a cable engineer over to fix my modem (of course, answered the door in a bathrobe, that happened to swing open at the opportune moment to see if he was so inclined) and while he was laying some cable(sic) I borrowed his cable tester computer.
Shit was crazy. It can detect breaks in unterminated cable, you can do an ingress test which can tell about shorts or even partial transference from poor quality insulator material and I gave it a go on a few of may cables. I have tow lengths of RG6 running about 60ft, one no nam brand and the other was a high spec one and the difference in terms of stats was day and night. Basically, with any cable that is meant to be matched impendance (think AES, MADI, SPDIF etc) you probably get less than two years of good performance from a cheap cable. The insulators degrade and break down meaning the impedance is compromised. The difference in resistance between my Van Damme Starquad Balanced with Gold Neutriks vs my Mogami with Switchraft TRS was significant.
While Raphie isn't entertaining the troops anytime soon (when apart from those lonely Sailors) K&H monitors, with a pristine soundcard and pretty full on room treatment does qualify for giving a shit about the copper content in your cables.
The price of copper has more than doubled in the last 10 years so the amount and quality has really suffered at the low end of things. Also, metals don't conduct the same way depending on how they are worked. In copper, conductivity is actually done by the crystalline structure of it's molecules. In high end audio applications, they dye (pull the copper through a mold) in only one direction and over several cycles, this makes the crystals all align and has been proven increase conductivity in crucial applications.
Now if you were saying for speaker levels applications, or certain digital data formats then fine, but analogue audio, with fucking powercables all over the place and a dirty mix of consumer, prosumer and pro equipment? Just pony up, drop the Hosa's and do your $5k monitoring setup some justice.
Making slap bass porn scores on your hifi speakers? not so much.