Just answering a couple of points raised with my earlier post...
This is classic meaningless diversionary twaddle.
Come up with some measurable effects that those cables produce and you will have us, otherwise it's just marketing bollocks.
I was referring to a complete 'system' rather than cables themselves so went a little off topic. However it's a pertinent point when doing blind or open listening tests. Aspects such as sound stage and imaging are not 'measurable' however I've found them to be a very good means of discerning the improvements (or not) offered by different system configurations. Yes it's subjective but having spent years in the retail environment and done thousands of demos it has always proved to be useful for clients.
Cables can very easily change the tonal character of a system and the cable manufacturers capitalise on this,
Really? What happens to the electrons in a $200 interconnect compared to a $20 interconnect that makes such a difference?
I'm not going to be drawn too much on this but when I refer to 'tonal character' I'm not referring to quality but how bright, smooth etc. a system sounds. Whilst I'm firmly in the camp that cables have a placebo type effect in that quality is perceived rather than improved, we used cables to make minor adjustments to systems to tailor the sound to the clients ear. Minor as they were time and time again this process worked so from experience there was (and still is) some impact cables play. Cost of cable was never a serious factor though, just a well manufactured cable.
£1600 on an Ethernet cable is utterly laughable. FFS a £0.20 patch cable will have to be manufactured to the same spec or it won't meet the category requirements. hmmm, we usually use blue cables for our network connections, we should try red, maybe that will sound better?