Now that I've received the MAC 3' AgQ cables from Early B. I want to do some testing so I can hear the difference between them and the Monster Interlink 400 MK II's I've been using. Since my Denon 3800 has two sets of L/R outputs on the back, I've connected one set of cables to the Analog DVD DVD channel inputs and the other set to my TV/Sat channel inputs. This allows the Denon to do the DAC vs the amplifier (BTW, I notice a big difference between this setup and using an optical cable from the player to the amp). I have turned off all EQ on the amp to get the signal as direct as possible to the speakers.
With that setup, my initial reaction is that the two sets of cables sound almost identical. Sometimes, I can detect what I believe are slight differences in vocals (a little fuller sounding) and on instruments (sax and violin seem to be slightly less harsh or brassy sounding). To me the difference is probably not big enough for me to do a blind listening test and tell the difference.
My assumption is that I should be able to tell a noticeable difference unless there is something else in the signal path affecting the final outcome. So now for my questions/theories.
Do the separate 5.1 inputs on amplifiers typically work the same as the regular analog inputs (i.e. DVD, TV, etc)? i.e. will I notice a difference by switching inputs on the amp?
The speakers are connected to the amp via Monster Bass cables (for the RT3000 subs) and Monster 12gauge speaker wire (for the mids/tweeters). Do I have a weak link in the system? amp? speakers(say it's not so!)? wiring?
Thanks in advance.
BTW, in case it's important, the CD's I've used for testing so far are Dave Koz The Dance HDCD and Mark O'Conner 30 Year Retrospective.