On Audio Cables

As usual Hyp0xia as a no bullshit approach to a controversial aspect of the audiophile hobby, I subscribe all that he wrote on his article.
I build some of my cables but for all the rest his advice should suffice.

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Stereotypes exist because they’re true for a substantial proportion of the group about whom they are generalizing. The stereotype about audiophiles is that they’re people who spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on cables because they delude themselves into believing they hear a difference. The word audiophile is so polluted with stereotypes that I prefer not to identify as one. There are, of course, plenty of audio enthusiasts who don’t subscribe to that nonsense. I, for one, have never claimed to hear a difference between cables, but I still care about cables as I care about any aspect of my signal flow.

I won’t just buy the cheapest cable I can find. I want my cables to demonstrate a solid build quality. They need to be aesthetically pleasing, too. Ultimately, it all boils down to bang for your buck. I have always been a bang-for-your-buck guy, even when I…

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My biased review on subjective cable reviewers.

I have a little evil rule I often follow, if a site reviews audio cables in a subjective way I’ll drop it from my serious list of sites. This means I’ll take anything on that site with suspicion, specially reviews. I don’t have anything against sites that actually try to objectively measure an audio cable … Continue reading My biased review on subjective cable reviewers.

A curious tale of prejudice in a audiophile store.

So I said to an audiophile store owner that I don’t like to call myself audiophile and that I really didn’t get why so many audiophiles only hear Jazz in their systems, like it was the holy grail of audiophiles. True Jazz audiophile lovers I’m sorry but even you guys must notice that people who … Continue reading A curious tale of prejudice in a audiophile store.

Avoid cable sounds made by vibrations or knocks on your in-ear headphones.

Usually the term microphonics is misused to describe the mechanical vibrations or knocks that travel to the ear physically via the cable of the headphones. (See wikipedia for more info) Anyway those sounds can really annoy the users of in-ear headphones, so how can we solve that problem? There are some clever ways to deal with vibrations: You can … Continue reading Avoid cable sounds made by vibrations or knocks on your in-ear headphones.

Why I don’t believe in some audiophile cable brands.

I could start by writing that all manufactures of audiophile cables sell expensive lies to their customers and only want to make an easy buck. Yes, I could do it but I believe cables are victims of bad marketing and so my target should not be the cables but their awful marketing campaigns and unreal … Continue reading Why I don’t believe in some audiophile cable brands.