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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.