I’ve seen the phrase “sorting the wheat from the chaff” used a number of times now by different people - often regarding cables. I think it was Frank who originally coined this phrase.
Despite an attempt a while ago on HFC forum to lobby the HFC editor to undertake testing of power cables using the same methodology applied to group testing of CD players and amplifiers etc the requests were declined on the grounds of being ‘uneconomic’ or some such.
It has been mentioned in the reviews section the idea of circulating one of Franks Krystal power cables among wig-wam members for home demo. I think this is a good idea and demonstrates Franks willingness to follow the ‘try before you buy’ sales ethos.
If developed a little further however this idea could genuinely assist in “sorting the wheat from the chaff” where the hi-fi press is currently failing us. I say ‘us’ because I think it was previously agreed the hi-fi press are failing both the consumer and the vendor by declining to undertake proper testing of power cables.
So here’s the challenge: Make available a comparator pair of power cables for the consumer where both cables are visually identical. One cable being a standard kettle lead (or similar) and the other the ‘audiophile’ cable. This will allow the consumer to make a decision free from bias and pre-conception and the give vendor some particularly convincing marketing.
The ‘Pepsi Challenge’ for power cables if you like.
Of course this would require a little application to successfully disguise both cables but nothing is beyond the wit or wisdom of man with a little thought.
Obviously none of the ‘biggies’ are going to be reading this so really only directed at Frank and Tony (and possibly Bob) but if “sorting the wheat from the chaff” is the genuine objective then this would be a start.
Perhaps other comments on how to "sort the wheat from the chaff" from other wig-wammers?