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    Good-looking power cable

    I'd pay up to $100 for subjective appearance, but NOT for a Topping! But that's just me.
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    Good-looking power cable

    Yeah, I'll pay $20 for "looks." :) I doubt there's a UL rating, and I definitely hear your concern on that. It looks like AA is out of stock, but I saw a pair on ebay for even cheaper.
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    Good-looking power cable

    The Pangea AC-14 cords are often discounted to $20 (at least the last time I checked, which was a while back). Can you suggest a better looking IEC cord for the price? Because looks are what the OP is asking about.
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    Good-looking power cable

    That’s like putting chrome wheels on a Prius. But if you insist, checkout the Pangea cords on Audio Advisor.
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    Genelec, how great are they really? The best?

    I have a pair of 8351b’s. They’re pretty good, but not really the holy grail to me. I like my B&W floorstanders a lot more.
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    Steinway Lyngdorf MODEL D

    That's not what the study demonstrated! What you want to say is that the professional violinists did not consistently give higher preference scores to old, expensive violins compared to new/cheaper ones. The data indicate that violinists absolutely should be able to differentiate between an...
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    Steinway Lyngdorf MODEL D

    Thanks for the link. I read through the paper briskly. I mean, it was "ok." It suggests that "old violins" are not clearly and obviously preferable over "new violins." But it did not say that violinists can't tell the difference between a Strad and a new violim. In fact, the findings...
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    Steinway Lyngdorf MODEL D

    Interesting. The experiment described was designed to favor the null hypothesis (violins indistinguishable). I mean come on. Each violinist played 6 violins, had to choose their top 4, then rate them on 3 different characteristics? The human sensory memory isn't that good. And because there were...
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    Steinway Lyngdorf MODEL D

    Well, not quite. The parallel example related to cars would be: Instead of buying a giant $300,000 OLED TV to watch a recording of the Indy 500 race, you could buy a decent race-spec sports car and hire a professional driver to take you on some hot laps around the track.
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    Steinway Lyngdorf MODEL D

    For $266,000, I could buy a Yamaha and pay a professional concert pianist to play it for me.
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    Performance vs reliability/serviceability

    I generally agree with your list, but have to ask, what is misleading or snake oil about the McIntosh lightbox? I would never buy one, but McIntosh is very clear that all it does is light up for eye candy and provide a location to tuck away your extra cables. A lot of people like the way...
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    I Changed Astronomy Forever. He Won the Nobel Prize for It

    Female listeners also prefer 1dB less bass and 2dB less treble than male listeners, according to Harman research.
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    I Changed Astronomy Forever. He Won the Nobel Prize for It

    Was just about to bring up Rosalind Franklin too.
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    Ideal speaker for reproducing voice

    Interesting exercise. It's partly a trick question, because it would also depend on the recording conditions. For starters, it would probably matter a great deal more that the total system frequency response from mic->playback was perfect than the individial frequency response of the loudspeaker.
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    Ideal speaker for reproducing voice

    There are some folks here that don't like it when certain doctrines are questioned.
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