The weakest link is a false metaphor. It’s a puzzle why it’s still even around. Probably because people keep referring to things like “the recording chain”. Signal does seem to go from one place to another, all linked together as in a chain. There the grain of truth begins- and ends.
Unlike the physical chain, the weakest link of which will indeed break, music passes through a number of components each of which is capable of transmitting it either with distortion, or fidelity. Because of this then a much better metaphor for listening to music is looking through a window.
In this case now your system is comprised of a number of panes of glass. The speakers are the pane of glass closest to you. But to get to the speaker the signal must travel through many, many panes of glass: crossover, binding posts, speaker cables, amplifier, and so on. All the way back to the electric panel.
Or however far you want to take it. Point being, there’s a lot of panes of glass.
Some panes are thick, some thin. Some clear, some colored or tinted. Some wavy and distorted, some polished flat, others sand blasted. Some a little bit of everything. Some you can hardly even see through.
Clearly, if any one of these many panes is removed and replaced with one a lot more clean and clear you will see it. The view through the window will improve. Won’t matter if it’s the first pane or the last. Won’t matter at all. It will be exactly like cleaning the windows in your car. You can clean the inside. You can clean the outside. Either way improves your view.
So it is with cables. Doesn’t matter the electricity traveled a thousand miles down crappy aluminum high tension wires. The last few inches inside the speaker cabinet still matters.
Because: everything matters.
But there may well be another reason for this albatross hanging around: audiophiles love to think they found the answer. As if there is but one answer. As if it were so simple.
What’s it say there? “Makes more sense to match the quality….”? Good one. How? By looks?
Sorry. No such luck. Go and listen. You will see.
Origin Live's flagship Voyager table was used with $200 speakers. Two professional musicians said it was the best they heard at the show.
Want to go for free? Simply reach out to us using the Contact Us button. Looks like there's a few here planning on coming, might as well enjoy it for free, on me!
Tasty, and thanks! If ever you find yourself in the PNW you are welcome to come by, and hopefully with some good time to spend over a slab of ribs with some fine craft ales!
If I were to walk on water the goons would scream, "Millercarbon can't swim!"
We bring the receipts.
And just in case anyone wonders how such outlandish harassment is allowed, notice one name: Audiogoon Tammy. Moderator? Enabler, more like.
Thank you so much. Confirms and reinforces the Millercarbon company description provided for the show: your system comes first.
Everything matters. Understand and embrace that fully and it becomes possible to build a really satisfying system regardless of your budget.
Hopefully this will come across in the Cable Cradle and Pod demos we will be doing in the Millercarbon Room.
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Gad Saad makes sense of the seemingly contradictory impressions.