"... If a piece of equipment is very sensitive to cable swapping (assuming the comparison is fair, not 1000 feet of wire vs 2 feet of wire kind of thing), then it's probably not such a great piece of equipment, regardless of cost."
Wind Chaser's findings notwithstanding, what possible basis could you have for making the above claim?
Lots of gear responds to cable swapping. Applying your statement to such equipment would yield the nonsensical result that most everything would be 'not such a great piece of equipment.'
I'm not a fan of being quoted out of context. It's like a soundbite (no pun intended) when you didn't hear the whole speech. I stand by what I wrote.
The biggest assumption is that the cables in question are free from excessive parasitic capacitance, inductance, and resistance
(thus the word "decent"). It also assumes good connectors, reasonable length, and a few other factors. One kind of obvious criteria for comparison is that they are the same TYPE of wire, not something like balanced vs unbalanced, or HDMI vs USB. Oh, we can talk about digital cables later. Some other day.It's hard to argue with measurements.
I believe in repeatable tests made with professional test equipment much more than rhetoric or hyperbole. If you look back at my posts over the years, you might notice that I mention being a scientist when the question of measurement comes up. Test equipment can spot differences several orders of magnitude smaller than the human ear. If wire makers would provide measurements, we would all benefit. Notice how many companies produce audio products and don't even own the proper test equipment to verify the quality of their work. How can they even perform adequate quality control? Also, how can they say that their cables have the same performance unit-to-unit? What if you have one good one and one not-so-good one, one on each channel? Whew, that was a hard sentence to write.
Back to wires.... As I mentioned in my other post, we measure cables occasionally, and have NEVER found a significant difference in performance between two decent XLR or RCA cables of the same length.
My intention here is to save listeners some money. We do sell wire, by the way, but only a few things at near zero margin, and we measure them. For example, Speaker Snakes (notice the graph in the first post):http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=137075.0