...THINGS change. The earth use to be flat....
At what point was the earth flat?
The problem with all of this debate it how absolutely ridiculous it is.
There are different homes, in different locations, that may not be able to deliver a clean signal between components due to interference of some sort.
There are cables that deliberately impact the audio coming out of a transport or preamp and some people think that is a good thing.
Is it good? That's nothing more than opinion to say yes or no. If you like interference in your audio, does that mean I'm right to tell you that it is wrong?
The main basis for most statements on THIS website are that measurements should be as close to accurate as the original input under specific setup conditions. The tests are repeatable and measurements are made to be consistent. It has absolutely ZERO to do with how a person will or won't like that particular component.
Cables though are one of the most ridiculous arguments that anyone can make because they SHOULD be sonically neutral in a system. It has been shown in hundreds if not thousands of tests from various websites how they mostly are. How a well built cable is a well built cable is a well built cable and spending more, or less, makes zero difference in the sound coming out. It is when the sound is different that something is going on and that is when it gets interesting, and often quite disgusting.
Just to be clear, the earth was never flat. For thousands of years it has been proven to be round, but for all eternity it HAS been round.
This is important, because calling the earth flat to some, is just an opinion. But, it is factually wrong.
To say a speaker measurement is an 'opinion', is also factually wrong. To say a cable measurement is an opinion is also factually wrong.
This is getting very philosophical, but the bottom line for some is the inability to distinguish factual measurement reviews from opinion-based reviews. There are those who can hear differences and are young enough and trained enough to do so. But, that doesn't mean that they don't have bias or are capable of leaving bias at the door, or that if they were tested against their own bias, that they wouldn't end up sounding like fools... still claiming the earth is flat.