A Blind Test of Cables

Discussion in 'High End Audio' started by Scott, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. Scott

    Scott Guest

    I was browsing through Barnes & Noble today and came across a
    publication from the UK. I believe it was called Hi-Fi+. They ran what
    they described as a blind test of cables. I'm not sure if they used an
    A/B or A/B/A format as I didn't have time to go through the article in
    depth. FWIW, of the cables in the test, Nordost Valhalla's came out on top.
    Scott, Dec 20, 2004
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  2. on top.

    After reading through the article, I found that although they claimed
    it to be a blind test, there was nothing scientific about their
    process. Not only did they start with the implicit assumption that some
    cables would sound better than others, they massaged the results in to
    discard findings they didn't like. Also, there was no control in the
    test. At no point was a cable tested against itself.

    Basically, the test was a self fullfilling prophecy fraud to back up
    their claims that certain cables sound better than others. Not enough
    testing was done to provide any kind of statistical validity, and
    because there was no control, the testing process itself recieved no
    validation. I'm sure those that took part had a fun day out playing
    with cables that cost more than most people's hifi's, but due to absurd
    methodology, it was all a complete waste of time. Indeed, no
    measurements of the cables were taken so that we could see that the
    resistance, capacitance and inductiance changes between cables would
    account for any audible differences they perceived.

    Graeme Nattress, Dec 21, 2004
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  3. Scott

    Buster Mudd Guest

    All valid points...except for your last sentence. The point of a
    double-blind listening test is ostensibly to determine *if* there are
    audible differences between cables, not what might cause them. That
    sort of research makes for a thorough follow-up, but is not necessary
    for a legitimate ABX DBT.
    Buster Mudd, Dec 22, 2004
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