It seems to me, that the audio world is divided into two main groups:
• The believers – They have listened to it, they can hear a clear improvement
• The Non-believers – Show me some measurements that clearly documents the improvement.
The believers are focused on audiophile improvements that covers:
• LAN/Ethernet cables
• Optical isolation
• Power cords
• Power strip
and so forth.
The Non-believers are just wondering why there are so many audiophiles that come up with beliefs that these “things” gives an improvement.
I some forums discussions “The Non-believes” are closing a thread with the remark:
“……… ask on a forum where you’ll get answers that reinforce your need to waste money”.
Sure, many of these beliefs/claims/myths seem to just come out of the blue whether claimed by someone in the industry or some hobbyist with various beliefs and then perpetuated without a shred of evidence nor apparent interest to verify!
But the good thing is, that you can always trust the dealers (irony).
A small test: Did ask 3 dealers – “What would be the best power cable for Linn DSM?”
Here we go:
Dealer 1: “we have tried many power cords for the Linn machines. Linn power cords have always been better”.
Dealer 2: “This is very difficult with Linn. We have already tested many cables here. Most make one part better and another part worse than the standard cable. But one cable sticks out, here really all musical aspects are significantly improved. It’s the Audioplan Ampere L, it’s priced at EUR 1,300”.
Dealer 3: “we have had good experiences with HMS. The expensive ones are even better”.
So, who to trust: The believers, The Non-believers or the dealers?
Live is not easy for audiophiles