...or sheer marketing genius?
I always like things to be the "best they can be" ...but could it be true that the exterior add-ons are now becoming better than the products they end up connected to?
After purchasing the objects of wanton audio desire for sums that could solve the European debt crisis, we then spend a further squillion on all the extra trappings such as...
- granite isolation plinths carved using ancient techniques that made the pyramids,
- spikes formed from spun titanium,
- connectors made from carbide-unobtainium forged by heat from the Sun ...
...and cables forged from materials mined by trolls and magically put together by pixies that a power generation company would be jealous of.
Why do we look at the back of the amplifier and think we'll be able to shovel more power into the speakers if we have cables that can hold up the golden gate bridge on their own?
Dont get me wrong... I use these tools myself - I have a good set of Kimble's ...but...
If the amplifier delivers power from a flimsy bit of copper track on a bit of PCB (Printed Circuit Board) ...from the standard nickel coated copper pin on the transistor connected to cable no thicker than 16 SWG (Standard Wire Gauge ...approx 1.6mm) - connected to the internal nut on the rear terminal ...why do we then proceed to add gold plated blades on OFC thicker than the half shafts from a small family saloon at financial sums that brought down Lehman Brothers?
Surely the amplifier should have it's internals to match the excesses that goes on outside it?