Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: in my home theatre
that is correct, 57.
Like I mentioned, in a pro-install situation, I can never be faced with faulty cable, even if the cable is free of charge.
You are also correct that a quality 22 AWG HDMI at $25 will yield no difference to a an ultra expensive 22 AWG HDMI cable. HOWEVER (here comes the big "but"), in most of my installs (usually in Indonesia and Singapore), I can not afford to buy the 22 AWG cable and oooops, the cable is faulty... or in my case, several times in a row. I need to be sure that the cable will be far less likely to be faulty during these installs. If that means I have to spend 10x the price than so be it rather than changing my flight date by a week (it costs me $200 every date change plus another $200 a day to stay in those countries).
In analog, I still have to disagree with you. I've tested a cheap (but very nice looking ) 12 AWG cable vs a more expensive (but ugly looking -- manufactured for in-wall application) with the same gauge. Almost everyone said "wow, the cheap cable sounds better than the more expensive one". It's not until I revealed to them that the "cheap (looking) cable" is actually the much more expensive but ugly looking because of the in-wall application whereas "the expensive (looking)" cable is actually the cheap cable.
There is a law of diminishing return, of course, beyond a certain price point, I really can't hear the difference regardless how much I really want to (y'know, upgrade-itis).
Anybody reputable here (obviously you are one of them) are more than welcome to borrow my more expensive cable and compare them with the same gauge but far cheaper equivalent and in many, if not most, cases, you will hear the difference, I know I do.
(PS: I don't go with Monster speaker wires, btw, they do NOT sound any better than any cable at any low price at the same AWG, and they are actually far more expensive than the Ambiance mkII I currently use)
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